Science Rocks Laboratory
The Argonne Child Development Center (ACDC) and Bright Horizons® recently unveiled a new science laboratory for children attending the center. The “Science Rocks Laboratory” allows child center participants to experience the world of science in a safe and fun atmosphere. Young researchers can explore physical, life, social, and applied sciences all in one convenient space. The laboratory provides the next generation of researchers the tools they need to address the grand challenges of science.
No laboratory would be complete though without a proper safety walkthrough. To launch the new laboratory for scientific discovery and research ACDC Director Gayle Burgher invited safety representatives from Environment, Safety and Quality Assurance (ESQ) to ensure the laboratory was ready to perform mission-driven research.
Argonne Safety Manager Chuck Clarke and Safety Engineer Steve Eagels (ESQ) stopped by to perform a safety inspection of the new laboratory and speak with the new researchers about the importance of safety. Clarke and Eagels demonstrated the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and provided commonly used PPE for the young researchers to try out.
Clarke and Eagels properly fitted the laboratory workers with PPE and discussed how to select the appropriate equipment for the work to be performed. They discussed how work planning and control is used to identify hazards and mitigate risks through all phases of the work performed. The duo then ensured the proper documentation and work package were in place for a pilot experiment. Clarke and Eagels observed and assisted the young researchers with an experiment in mixing baking soda with vinegar in a controlled setting.
After the experiment, the young researchers cleaned up their laboratory work area, ensuring all materials were accounted for, and they posed for a picture. Clarke and Eagels issued their report that the laboratory exceeded the necessary safety requirements. They were in agreement that the young researchers quickly learned the importance of safety in the laboratory.
If you are interested in sending your young researcher to the ACDC, contact Gayle Burgher at email@example.com or call (630) 252-9601 to schedule a personal visit and learn more about upcoming center events.
ACDC provides child care and early education for employees of Argonne, the Department of Energy, University of Chicago and their contractors. ACDC serves infants, toddlers, pre-school, pre-kindergarten and school-age children. A developmentally appropriate educational environment is provided that empowers children to be confident, successful, lifelong learners.
Employees are invited to visit the ACDC, meet the staff, explore the program, and discover the benefits of a Bright Horizons education. For more information visit the ACDC Web site.