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Inspire a Child to Dream Day

Inspire a Child to Dream Day 

Drexel's annual Inspire a Child to Dream Day is modeled after the national “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work®” program. Children and relatives between the ages of 6 and 13 of Drexel University faculty and professional staff members, including the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, are invited to attend a day of learning and fun activities. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participating children and volunteers. The day will be divided into sessions lasting 45 minutes each. Children will be grouped according to age for the activities.

This year's event took place on Thursday, April 28, 2016. We had 192 attendees this year, making this year's program our largest yet! Thank you to our many volunteers who make this event possible. 

If your child attended the program, please complete this short survey to let us know how we can improve the program for next year.

If you have questions about the Inspire a Child to Dream Day program, please contact Lindsay Norlen at 215.571.4644.

Book Drive

To get the children involved in civic engagement, each child who attends is asked to bring a new or slightly used children's book (English or bilingual, English/Spanish) to be donated to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, an organization with which Drexel has a partnership. The Drexel Community is also asked to participate in the book drive.


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Registration/Breakfast in Behrakis Grand Hall 3210 Chestnut St

9:00 -9:15 a.m.: Walk to Breakout Session I

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.: Session 1: Breakout Session/Hands-on Activity

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Walk to Breakout Session II

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.: Walk to Behrakis Grand Hall

11:15 - 11:45 a.m.: Lunch in Behrakis Grand Hall 3210 Chestnut St

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Group Activities in Behrais Grand Hall

1:15-2:30 p.m.: Organized Games: Buckley Field/Armory 33rd & Cuthbert Sts (Parents are invited to participate)

2:30 p.m.: Parents pick up children from Armory next to Buckley Field 33rd & Cuthbert Sts

2:30 - 5:00 p.m.: Free time with parents


"I would like to thank you and your staff for all the hard work you did for the Inspire a Child Day.  My daughter Grace (age 13) on the White team couldn’t say enough about what a wonderful time she had.  Her favorite stop was the LeBow College of Business :”Brand Yourself” where her team heard about Drexel students that worked with Turkey Hill Ice Cream Company and came up with Tastycake flavored Ice Cream.  Her team even won a challenge with a hamburger shaped like the Nike Swoosh and the buy line “Just Eat it”  I was pretty impressed myself. She knows that this was her last year as a participant, but hopes to be able to volunteer and work with a team next year.  I will be looking out for that.  You really did “Inspire a Child to Dream,” at least you did for my child.  Thank you again."

-John Ginty, Information Resources and Technology

"My heartfelt thanks for all the time and energy that went into organizing Inspire a Child to Dream day this year. I am especially grateful that you allowed me to shadow my son and accommodated my request to move him into a group which went on the Mad Dragon Studio tour. Not only did he love that experience, he also surprised me greatly by willingly participating in, and enjoying, the creative writing session that preceded it. My son has significant fine motor challenges and writing is difficult, so I asked one of the students to ask him if he’d prefer to dictate and he said no, and took his time and wrote his sentences, unphased by the fact that he was 7 and wrote 4-5 words in about as much time as the 11 year olds wrote 20-25 word complex sentences. And he enjoyed hearing the group stories… but the experience of helping create a soundtrack with the studio was absolutely priceless. He definitely came away inspired, and I am grateful to each of you and the rest of the volunteers for providing this opportunity!"

-Patrice Tremoulet, PhD, Applied Informatics Group

Inspire a Child to Dream Day FAQs

My child has food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Can I bring a lunch for him/her?

Breakfast and lunch are provided for all children, however if your child has a food allergy, please pack their breakfast and lunch.  Parents may also check-out their child at 11:15 am to have one-on-one lunch.

I want my child to attend certain activities or be in the same group as another child. Is this possible?

On the registration form you may request certain breakout sessions or groupings; however, these are only requests because group assignments are based on the age of the child. We will try to honor these requests but cannot guarantee that they will be accommodated.

My child has a disability that may make it difficult to participate in certain activities, what should I do?

Contact the Office of Disability Resources at  or 215-895-1401.

Who will be escorting the children around campus?

Drexel University faculty, professional staff and students will be escorting the children around campus. Additionally we have volunteers that are high school students.  These high school student volunteers are children of Drexel University faculty and professional staff members.  Many of these students (Drexel and high school) will get community service credit by participating in this program.

Does a parent need to remain with their child for the entire day? Can I walk around with my child during Inspire a Child to Dream Day?

We would like to have parents serve as volunteers, however, if their schedules do not permit Inspire a Child to Dream Day is designed so that employees will be able to have time at their work locations in the morning and interact with their children where they work stations in the afternoon.  Parents must pick up their child at the close of the day's activities at 2:30pm to escort them back to their office for the remainder of the day.

Are there any suggestions for children's books?

The following websites provide sample reading lists for children: