On June 28, 2018 Armstrong Flight Research Center hosted its biannual Bring-Your-Children-to-Work Day. The day was filled with fun activities and included a live International Space Station (ISS) downlink for the first time. Over 350 children participated, including local Girl Scout troops and robotics teams. The activities included STEM workshops, a Mission Control Center tour, Life Support, a Model Shop tour, a weather balloon launch, sitting in a mockup F-15 cockpit, gesture controlled computing, and participating in mentor interviews.
The highlight of the day was the ISS downlink, where employees and children enjoyed a live question-and-answer session with Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, a member of the Expedition 56/57 crew that launched to the orbiting laboratory in June. This was the first time for the Agency that a downlink was hosted in an aircraft hangar. The children also experienced a sonic boom and an amazing F-15 flyover to complete their day! Armstrong Bring Your Children to Work Day is one of the best days at work for employees as they get to share with children the work done here and inspire the next generation.