May 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM
MURRAY HILL, NJ - More than 450 children gathered at Alcatel-Lucent’s offices as part of the company’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" last Thursday.
Children participated in a variety of workshops and demonstrations, including building robots, understanding how sound travels, fire safety and a presentation of “mind over matter” where an Alcatel-Lucent employee billed as “the Human Vise” bent steel rods with his bare hands.
In a cryogenics demonstration for the kids, fresh flowers were instantly frozen by dipping into liquid nitrogen at a temperature of minus-320 degrees Fahrenheit. Blowing on the flower demonstrates how cold the flower is. Cryogenics are used in many ways at Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, including with Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) and other systems used in physics research.