Legos and lemons calculate into science careers of the future

July 15, 2019 02:02 PM

ALBANY – With his 6-year old child in his lap and his 10-year old child in the seat next to him, Jason Platek has his hands full. And he's at work.

"They hear me talk about work all the time and I figured it would be a great opportunity for them to come in and see what I do," Platek said.


He's been working on the SUNY Poly campus and complex for 13 years in the clean room where they make microchips.

"I like seeing the clean room through the window," said daughter Isla, heading into 5th grade, adding, "It's fun."

On Monday, children of faculty and staff at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and IBM were learning more about what their parents do each day as part of "Take Your Child to Work Day." The children got to see first-hand the high-tech workplace.

They were also able to take part in age-appropriate nanotechnology-focused activities, make slime, play with Legos and gets tours – learning about what their mother or father do at work.

"Science is not that hard. If you play with it, it's very easy," said Dishit Parekh, a chemical engineer. "And the coolest part of science is fun. It's not just boring equations or anything."


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