Boys & Girls Club starts microscopic experiment

February 15, 2019

LAUGHLIN — Seventh- through 12th-graders at the Laughlin branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River have a special opportunity coming up.

It’s an opportunity to be part of history.

Starting this week, at the Laughlin club location, teenagers can join a microscopic experiment. Their findings have the chance to be published in the New Journal of Student Research Abstract.

It will be an eight-week program, and anyone who comes before the end of February can participate. However, once a member joins, they need to attend each Monday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. until the experiment is over.

Members will be using high-quality microscopes to conduct the experiment. The students are going to be the ones leading and deciding the direction of the project. Everything from describing the tested hypothesis, to data analysis, and conclusion statements falls on the members.

“Terri Miller is the lovely volunteer who is going to work with junior high and high school students for eight weeks,” said Renata Faccioli, director of the Laughlin branch of the Boys & Girls Club. “It’s always great for anybody’s time or contribution. It’s awesome for her to come forward and deliver her expertise.”

There is plenty of space and equipment available so every Laughlin club member 13 and over is encouraged to sign up.

For teenagers, it costs just a $10 membership fee to join the club during the school year, and another $10 for the summer. The low cost is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America agenda to generate a larger teen demographic throughout the clubs. Offering free programs like this one also helps, Faccioli said.

“It’s such a good experience for the kids,” she said.

The Laughlin club recently added a new nook just for teenagers to hang out without being bothered by the younger children’s activity level.

For more information about the microscopic experiment, call the Laughlin club at 702-299-9223.