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Alcatel-Lucent in Murray Hill Hosts Take Your Kids to Work Day

By THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS STAFF

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.