Mobile science center visits Boys & Girls Club in Carson City |

Mobile science center visits Boys & Girls Club in Carson City

Teri Vance
Cathleen Allison/Nevada Appeal

A visit from the National Science Center on Friday showed students at the Boys & Girls Club that learning can be fun.

“It was pretty interesting,” said Heather Mounce, 14. “We got to see the glass move by a sound wave.”

Calvin Marschall, an instructor with the Mobile Discovery Center that travels the country, led the students through a series of demonstrations to illustrate principles of science.

“Sound is really powerful,” he told them, as he increased the frequency and volume inside a display case until the pane of glass burst inside.

“He took it really high then it broke,” explained Raelynn Jackson, 15. “It was a lot better than my science class.”

However, Marschall said, the objective of the mobile units housed in 18-wheelers is not to replace science classes, but to enhance them.

“It’s the teachers’ job to teach,” he said. “It’s our job to reinforce what they’ve learned or introduce them to something they will be learning.”

Diane McCoy, operations director for the club, said the children have arts and crafts as well as technical programs available, but science is often lacking.

“It’s a great opportunity for our kids,” she said. “So many of them would never have a chance to see something like this. It’s unique.”