Take Your Child to Work Day 2019

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April 2Take Your Child to Work Day save the date April 255, 2019 is MSU Take Your Child to Work Day! 

2019 Theme: Envision Your Future


Plan to bring a child in your life (child, grandchild, niece, nephew, neighbor, etc.) to work and for events hosted all over campus.

Overall Schedule of the Day

  • 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. visit campus
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. lunch on your own
    • Lunch at campus dining commons: $10.50 + tax/adult; $5.75 + tax/child (ages 2-9)
    • Visit the Eat At State website for more information.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. special recognition ceremony at the MSU Union
    • Children present at the ceremony will receive a certificate and participate in fun activities and giveaways
    • Keynote speakers include Wayne Hutchison, Director, Academic and Program Services, Full Time MBA Program, and Haiden Hutchison, middle school student

Suggested ages for activities: 8 to 16 years old.

Flyer to post and share


Please contact Jaimie Hutchison if you have questions, at hutchj@msu.edu

Full descriptions coming soon!

Accessible table with units and activity times:


How do you participate?

Release time is based on supervisor’s discretion. Some employees take time off, others are provided release time. Each supervisor has discretion based on the needs of the organization. The event has morning and afternoon sessions, you can come to one or all of them based on your situation.

How do we get from site to site?
Thirty minutes is built in between activities to get to the next activity. Some people park and walk, while strategically scheduling their visits. Others use the CATA (complementary to faculty and staff, there is a fee for guests) to get around main campus. Some drive to the off campus animal sites and then do on campus and try their hand at parking. If you need help finding locations, https://maps.msu.edu/interactive/index.php this interactive map will give you driving or walking directions.

Do we have to register?

You only have to register in advance for the Power Plant tour. Other than that, you just show up at your first site and go from there, no registration needed.
Advanced notice: a 1:30 p.m. tour of the Power Plant requires an RSVP by April 22 to Mary Schwalm at (517) 884-7102 or schwalm@msu.edu.

What type of activities can we expect?

The goal is for youth to envision their future, so many sites have hands on activities, tours, and activities for youth to learn about different career fields. The descriptions will tell you about the activities and will be released soon. There is everything from sports, to science, to creative opportunities to explore.

Should we attend the recognition ceremony?
The first 50-100 youth that arrive to the recognition ceremony will receive a bag with giveaways in it. Sparty will be there to take pictures with and for each youth that attends, they can enter a drawing for additional giveaways. Each youth will be recognized.

What about the open lunch time?
You can attend a dining hall or walk to Grand River. Lunch is on your own, but there are many food options both on campus and off. I suggest taking them to a dining hall. Find out more about fees and menus at eatatsate.msu.edu

What age children can participate?
We design the activities for youth age 8-16. With that said, we trust your discretion. All ages would love visiting cows or horses or participating in free ice skating, we won’t turn anyone away. We trust their parent or caregiver to make the decision on if it would be good for the child they are bringing.

Review the 2019 information


Thank you so much to the offices and units (listed below) that participated this year. Your work and dedication to university and the event is vital to its continued success. Your efforts to broaden the horizons and encourage creativity of people young and old across so many different career paths is inspiring.

We appreciate those offices who helped with donations of giveaways, including:

  • MSU Health Team
  • Communications Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office
  • MSU IT
  • Food Safety/Toxicoloty
  • GATE (MSU Gifted and Talented Education)
  • Broad College of Business Full-Time MBA Program
  • MSU Radiology
  • MSU Union
  • REHS Creative Services Team
  • MSU Writing Center
  • MSU WorkLife Office
  • MSU Scoring Office

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See calendar event for more information

  • 8:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. | visit campus
    See full schedule and event location details below or print the PDF
  • 11:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. | special recognition ceremony, MSU Union | Bring your camera for photos with Sparty!
    Children present receive a certificate and participate in fun activities and giveaways (while supplies last).
    Speakers: Wayne Hutchison, Director, Academic and Program Services, Full Time MBA Program, and Haiden Hutchison, middle school student.
  • 12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m. | lunch on your own
    Lunch at campus dining commons: $10.50 + tax/adult; $5.75+tax/child (ages 2-9).
    Visit the Eat At State website for more information..


Accessible table with units and activity times:

Activities (listed in alphabetical order by unit)

Explore the Night Sky 
Abrams Planetarium
755 Science Road
2:30 p.m.
Listen to a short star talk about what is in the night sky and watch the 2019 Spartan Startacular.

Be Udderly Amazed 
Animal Science MSU Dairy Farm
4075 N. College Road
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.  
Enjoy crafts, animal petting, self-guided tours of the dairy farm, and information about careers with cows.

Trot on Over for a Tour
Animal Science MSU Horse Farm
3327 Collins Road
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. 
Children and adults will be led on a tour of the MSU Horse Farm.

Slam Dunk of a Tour
Athletics-Gilbert Hall Pavilion
534 Birch Road
10:30 a.m.
Tour the Izzo Hall of History and the recruit lounge for MSU Basketball.

Glide Across the Rink
Athletics-Munn Ice Arena
509 Birch Road, East Concourse Entrance
10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Free ice skating and skate rental. 

Impressive Press Box
Athletics-Spartan Stadium Press Box
8th Floor Spartan Stadium Tower, 535 Chestnut Road 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m
Participants will experience the game day view from the football press box, which gives a great view of Spartan Stadium and most of campus.

Lights, Camera, Catch the Action
Athletics-Spartan Vision
534 Birch Road, Gilbert Pavilion Entrance
10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Children will have the opportunity to tour one of the Big Ten’s most robust athletics video production facilities. Tour our two control rooms, touch buttons, learn and handle video cameras, and see what it takes to make a great TV interview. 

Get Bug-eyed with Excitement
Department of Entomology
Bug House
Natural Science Bldg, Room 147, 288 Farm Lane
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Visit the MSU Bug House. Visitors can see displays of insects from all around the world, as well as see, touch or hold live insects, tarantulas and other cool critters. Guides can answer questions and tell you what it is like to be an entomologist. 

Popcorn, Puppies, and Purpose
Career Services Network
Student Services Bldg, Room 113, 556 E. Circle Drive
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome to come by the MSU Career Services Network hub to munch on fresh popcorn, pet sweet therapy dogs, and participate in a fun purpose scavenger hunt. At Career Services, we believe that thinking and talking about purpose should be a fun, creative, and lifelong process. So, within our purpose scavenger hunt we’ll have fun activities and resources to help children creatively explore their futures. We will also have student Career Peers to help participants learn about purposeful careers that could align with their skills, passions, and ways they want to change the world.

Languages for Success
Center for Language 
Teaching Advancement (CeLTA)
Wells Hall, B-135, 619 Red Cedar Drive
8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Participants will envision future career paths 
where they can use world languages. Students will be encouraged to brainstorm about jobs that use language skills, then hear about positions they may never have thought of before where language skills are useful. Children and parents will learn about the educational, career, cognitive, and other benefits of studying world languages.

Design a Tower
College of Engineering-CoRe First Year Engineering Experience Program
Wilson Hall, 219 Wilson Road Use east building entrance and follow signs 
2:30 p.m.
Join us for a hands-on engineering experience while you learn more about what engineers do and how they improve our daily lives. 

Right on Target
Demmer Center
4830 E. Jolly Road 
1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Come learn what it takes to operate an air rifle or a bow and arrow and even do it yourself! The Demmer Shooting Sports and Education Center will provide targets, ammo, and instructors to ensure safety.

Game Design, Television, Audio
Department of Media & Information
Communications Arts & Sciences Building
404 Wilson Road, Meet in South Lobby
9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Visit the labs where our Game Design and 
Development courses are taught, see our fully functioning television studio, audio recording space, and tour the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab!

Vital Signs
Department of Surgery
Eyde Building, 6th Floor
4660 S. Hagadorn Road 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.
Participants will learn about working in the health care field with a 30 minute exploration workshop. Test out blood pressure machines, pulse oxygen instruments, and movement events. 

Water School + Art
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
547 E. Circle Drive
1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Drop by the MSU Broad Art Museum and tour our newest exhibition Oscar Tuazon: Water School, which explores the intersection of art, 
architecture, and sustainability with a self-guided tour. While you’re here, be sure to check out our two hands-on Learning Lounges. 

Make the Campus Greener
IPF Landscape Services
Landscape Services Building, 1060 Stadium Road Meet on north side of building 
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
IPF Landscape Services keeps the campus Spartan green. Watch the impressive process of how a tree is installed. 

Our Great Lakes Need You
Michigan Sea Grant Extension
Manly Miles Building, Rm. 304, 1405 S. Harrison Rd.
10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Michigan Sea Grant is dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of the Great Lakes and coastal resources. Visit our campus office open house and learn about aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, and have a chance to talk about all the cool different jobs that exist for people who love the water, environment, outdoors, science, and teaching! Play a game and you might win a prize! 

Tech Connects our Work and World
MSU Information Technology
Computer Center, 450 Auditorium Road
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. 
MSU Information Technology welcomes Take Your Child to Work Day visitors with fun and engaging demonstrations of how technology connects our work and our world. Join us to learn about IT security, Artificial Intelligence, accessible tech, and more!

IT Infrastructure
MSU Data Center
Parking Lot 93 next to Nisbet, Meet shuttle 
10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
The MSU Data Center was collaboratively designed with input from departments across the university to accommodate the storage and high computing needs while ensuring the ability for future growth capacity. This data center delivers a future focused IT infrastructure that is intentionally constructed to support expanded computing capacity, enhanced security, improved business continuity, and the high-performance research computing demands of the university.

Be a Librarian for a Day
MSU Main Library
366 W. Circle Drive.,
Meet in lobby 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Come be a librarian for a day! Work with everything from ancient manuscripts and the world’s largest comics collection to 3D printing and our 360-degree immersive visualization room.  We have virtual reality, video game labs, and even therapy dogs. Yes, librarians do all of that!

Tours That Will Go Down in History
MSU Museum
409 W. Circle Drive, Meet in lobby 
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
The MSU Museum will provide special tours of the General Store exhibit at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A self-guided museum activity will be available throughout the day (takes about 20 minutes to complete). The museum is open for free museum exploration from 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.. The MSU Museum is the university’s science and culture museum and Michigan’s first Smithsonian affiliate. Visitors will find the area’s only full-mounted dinosaur casts, as well as Habitat Hall, Diversity of Animals, Hall of World Cultures, and more!

Police Department Tour
MSU Police
1120 Red Cedar Road., Meet in lobby 
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Participants will get a behind the scenes tour of the MSU Police Department and a police car. Officers from various special units will be on hand including K9 and CSI.

Power the University
MSU Power & Water
MSU Power Plant, 354 Service Road 
1:30 p.m. RSVP REQUIRED by APRIL 22
Observe the process used to supply energy to the campus community through the T.B. Simon Power Plant. RSVP by April 22 to Mary Schwalm at (517) 884-7102 or schwalm@msu.edu. Space is limited to 20 people. For security purposes, we need names of those attending prior to the tour. Closed-toe shoes are required. High ambient noise, high temperatures, elevated gratings, and stairs may be experienced inside the plant, (no skirts, please).

What’s a Financial Educator?
MSU Federal Credit Union 
Linton Hall, Room 113, 479 W. Circle Drive 
10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
A budgeting activity and Q&A about the role of financial educators.

Tour and a Smashing Time with Nuclei
National Superconducting 
Cyclotron Laboratory
640 Shaw Lane, Enter Cyclotron lobby 
Tour: 8:30 a.m.; Smashing Time Activity: 9:30 a.m.
Tour: Explore a world-class rare isotope laboratory where nuclei are smashed into a target at half the speed of light! Our tour includes demonstrations, an introduction to the goals and methods of nuclear science, and a walk behind the scenes where nuclei are accelerated, filtered and/or studied. The secrets we learn could help explain what happens in supernovae and the origins of elements that make up the human body.
Smashing Time with Nuclei: Get hands-on with a model nucleus that you can accelerate and smash to make isotopes that don’t exist on Earth, but might be made in stars. Try several demonstrations that simulate the research done in MSU’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (and future Facility for Rare Isotope Beams)!

Spartan Interest Assessment
North Neighborhood 
Engagement Center
MSU Union, Room 200, 49 Abbot Road 
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.
We’ll offer an exploratory interest assessment (and a coloring activity for younger children) to get kids to think about what they would like to do when they grow up and how MSU can support that. We also plan to give a tour of the Union and its student spaces.

Use Your Brain
Department of Neuroscience
Giltner Hall, Room 226, 293 Farm Lane
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Participants will visit the Neuroscience Teaching Lab. We will have human and animal brains on display and a few hands-on activities. 

Discover a World of Possibilities
Office for Education Abroad
International Center 427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 108
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Discover a world of possibilities through the Office for Education Abroad! Visitors will learn about studying abroad and the countries our programs are located in. Visitors will also be able to build a flag to take home.

See Supplies for a Small City
University Stores
166 Service Road 
1:30 p.m.
Tour the University Stores warehouse. All participants must wear closed-toe shoes for safety.

Volunteer Together
MSU WorkLife Office
Linton Hall, Room 118A, 479 W. Circle Drive 
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Volunteer Together: Participate in a hands-on creative project to brighten the day of community members in the greater Lansing area. 

Thank you to all the hosting units and volunteers who made this day possible!