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Noisy Planet at NIH’s Take Your Child to Work Day and Earth Day Events

A young girl gives the Noisy Planet wheel a spin. Kirby, the child-size mannequin, is on the left.
A young girl gives the Noisy Planet wheel a spin. Kirby,
the child-size mannequin, is on the left.

Earth Day and Take Your Child to Work Day coincided this year on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., and employees had the opportunity to bring their children to many fun activities and demonstrations. For Take Your Child to Work Day, children had the chance to participate in two sessions of the Noisy Planet presentation, which is typically offered for schools and community groups, and learned what sound is, why hearing protection is important, and how to protect their hearing in three easy ways: by walking away, wearing hearing protectors, or turning down the volume.

The theme for this year’s Earth Day celebration was “Healthy Planet/Healthy People.” Noisy Planet arrived with Kirby, a tween-sized mannequin with an integrated sound level meter that tested the volume on children’s MP3 players. Participants also spun the Noisy Planet wheel to test their knowledge about hearing and hearing protection.

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