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Vol. LX, No. 7
April 4, 2008

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Take Your Child to Work, Earth Day

Pizza Box Solar Oven Design Contest

Pizza Box Solar Oven Design Contest

To help kids understand and practice the three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle), NIH will hold a Pizza Box Solar Oven Design Contest for children ages 8 to 15 on Apr. 24. Contestants will construct a solar oven at home by reusing one or two pizza boxes, along with recycled materials, to harness renewable pollution-free energy to melt an ice cube. The contest will be held in conjunction with other Earth Day activities on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1. The two children with the best ovens will be awarded $25 gift certificates to Ledo Pizza. In addition, a manufactured solar oven and information about use of solar ovens around the world will be on display at the contest site. To register and review contest rules, visit

NIH’s annual Earth Day Celebration will be held Thursday, Apr. 24 in conjunction with Take Your Child to Work Day. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Bldg. 1 and is open to all employees, contractors and visitors. The Earth Day celebration will include activities for children and adults, information and demonstrations, lunch and fun. Bring your own lunch or purchase it from local vendors. Highlights include:

  • Find out the top 10 ways you can go greener at home and at work. Take home a native tree seedling that you can plant as one greener step.
  • Children and adults can participate in the environmental quiz to receive green items.
  • Learn about the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club, Transhare and other commuting options and get information on Bike to Work Day, to be observed on Friday, May 16.
  • Please touch—the aquatic insects, invertebrates and 3-D watershed model on display. Take a nature walk and learn about their role in a healthy stream.
  • Participate in the Children’s Seed Planting or Frisbee Throw contests.
  • Learn about Bethesda Green, a living model that will sustain the current and future development of Bethesda by reducing the community’s environmental footprint.
  • Participate in the third annual IT Contest (see details in the Mar. 21 NIH Record) and view the display.
  • Enjoy the NIH Mad Hatter, Ben Franklin and clowns.
  • Learn about recycling and waste management.
  • Bring any bikes, eyeglasses or personal cell phones that you might otherwise throw away. These materials will be reused or recycled instead of going to the landfill/incinerator.

Visit for a full list of activities.

First Kid to Get NIH ‘Grant’ Set to Speak

The first and only kid to receive an NIH “grant” will share his story at NIH’s observance of Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, Apr. 24.

When Terence Boylan was 9 years old in 1957, he sent a request to NIH for $10 to build a rocket ship. Members of an NIH review committee were moved by the youngster’s request and they passed the hat for Boylan, hoping it would pay off one day.

Boylan will speak to children and adults attending the annual event in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, from 11 a.m. to noon. He will discuss the trials and triumphs of his rocket research and describe the big impact the little grant had on his life.

This activity will be held for NIH staff and their children, but anyone will be able to see it at

The Center for Scientific Review is sponsoring this presentation as a tribute to the passion and imagination of researchers—young and old—who seek to do something no one has done before and as a tribute to the amazing things that can happen when we invest in the best of them.

CSR will also host a workshop for children ages 8-15 to give them hands-on understanding of the NIH grant application and review process: “I Want to Build a Rocket! - How To Get Your Ideas Off the Ground at NIH.”

Children will review fun, made-up research applications to understand and appreciate the peer review process, the central activity NIH uses to fund the best applications for advancing science and curing or preventing disease.

The workshop will be presented twice: 9 to 10 a.m. in the Clinical Center and 2 to 3 p.m. at CSR offices in Rockledge II.

Register your child to attend these events and others through the NIH Take Your Child to Work web site:

The NIH rocket boy story is posted on a new CSR web page at NIHRecord Icon

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