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Future Scientists Conduct Experiments in Pittsburgh

Ever eaten a frozen marshmallow? That was just one of the fun activities that kids participated in April 28 as a part of "Take a Child to Work Day" hosted by the Valspar Packaging business in Pittsburgh.

More than 50 employees' children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews spent the day at the Global Technical Center conducting their own scientific experiments. The activities included elephant toothpaste, grape density, flashlight color fun, T-shirts using chromatography, a taste test evaluation, a packaging fabrication tour, periodic table of elements bingo and "the great egg drop."

The day started with an introduction, followed by a safety talk to provide the kids the rules for the day. The kids were then split into groups and rotated through five fun stations.  After lunch the kids saw a demonstration on how to build a polymer and the effects of liquid nitrogen. The kids loved getting a frozen marshmallow along with eating the ice cream that was freshly made with the liquid nitrogen. Each child was given a gift bag with a T-shirt, polymer ball kit and candy and took part in a drawing for prizes, such as tickets to the Pittsburgh Pirates and various kid activities.

The day wrapped up with an annual favorite, the egg drop. Each group of children watched as their package, designed to protect a raw egg, as it was dropped three stories to the pavement. There were many creative geniuses in the group – perhaps even future Valspar employees.  Overall, the kids (and adults) had a ton of fun and are ready to come back next year. A big "thank you" goes to the "Take a Child to Work Day" committee for helping plan, set up and participate in the day of activities.