California site celebrates Family Day

By Michael E. Langley

Photography By Randy Wong

Thursday, September 26, 2019

More than 2,000 people spread out across Sandia’s California campus for Family Day on Sept. 14, getting a glimpse of the exceptional work done in the national interest by Sandia researchers and professionals from all over the world.

kids build models
family watches demonstration at booth

Deputy Labs Director Dori Ellis returned to Livermore to take part in the laboratory tours and demonstrations by researchers showcasing their work. Associate Labs Director for Integrated Security Solutions Andy McIlroy talked with groups of visitors about the breadth and depth of work at Sandia and even showed off some newly redecorated and refurbished areas unveiled especially for Family Day.

crowd watches officer work with police dog
audience watches presentation in auditorium

At the site’s general event pad, families were treated to food trucks, STEAM activities, a K9 demonstration by the Livermore Police Department, forensics demonstrations — including simulated human remains — by FBI agents and other activities for kids and adults.

officer has kids help with mock forensics investigation site
crowd gathers at booth to learn about game

Kayla Norris, who led the California event planning efforts, said, “For me, it was refreshing to see how proud our employees were to show their guests where they worked and how excited their guests were to receive the information, tours, STEAM demos for kids and nuclear deterrence seminars.”

group crowds around poster while man points to information
kids conduct chemistry experiment with test tubes