On Thursday, April 25, 2013, the staff at GPI’s Rockville, MD office had the pleasure of working with 14 children who accompanied their parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents to work for “Bring Your Child to Work Day.” GPI staff planned a fun-filled schedule packed with engineering activities for the day. The children conducted a site survey/scavenger hunt, assisted with a lighting take off, and toured the pump room and cooling tower area with the building engineer. They also created their own “ductwork robots” out of cardboard boxes, flex ductwork, and duct tape and used them to display the basics of an air distribution system. Mechanical staff members used a space heater to show the kids how to control air temperature before moving it through ducts. The children also built their own bridges and houses out of pretzel sticks and giant marshmallows using a Revit model as a guide. GPI staff was thrilled to spend the day with such an exuberant group of kids!

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