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The morning started with a presentation by NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, who described NNSA’s important and crucial missions.
The Administrator described how DOE has the world’s fastest computers with Sierra and Summit, the world’s biggest laser at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and how NNSA is helping NASA develop the Kilopower technology that could enable astronauts to stay for longer missions on the Moon or Mars.
The Administrator even took some hard-hitting questions such as: “How did the President give you your job?”
Children ranging from grade schoolers to high schoolers, had the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate sessions on STEM-related topics.
Older kids attended a speed-mentoring program where they were able to hear from experts in multiple fields. For 16-year-old Lourdes, this was her favorite part of the day, “I got to meet and hear from three completely different professionals in the cybersecurity, criminology, and employment law fields.”
Children also were able to participate in activities ranging from a scavenger hunt to a workshop on building their own lava lamps.
At the end of the day the children had a better understanding of NNSA’s work and 12-year-old Veronica explained she “learned how important my mom’s job at the NNSA is to keeping us safe.”