Science Club Launched in San Miguel de Allende
By Jade Arroyo
The Science Club was officially launched on August 26. Members of the municipality and the Biblioteca staff and board of directors attended the inauguration.
This program is a based on a model that is federally sponsored in many other cities of Mexico. In the case of San Miguel de Allende, there was an agreement between the administration of the municipal government and the nonprofit Biblioteca, which will serve as headquarters. Previously, the Biblioteca offered its own science club, but due to lack of staff and teachers, it was discontinued. Now, in connection with the local government, it will be updated with a structured academic program.
The Science Clubs are a forum of the Academy of Child and Youth Program in Science, in which students from the three levels of education (elementary, high school and college) develop abilities, skills, and scientific approaches through proper initiation into scientific and technological research.
Science Clubs represent an example of informal education in which children and young people develop activities that stimulate their interest in science and the development of their creativity in a constructive way. Members of each club, based on their interests and motivation, select a topic and develop a research project under the accompaniment of renowned researchers from educational institutions of higher education and public research entities.
The Science Club will be held on the second floor of the Biblioteca facilities every Saturday from 10am to 12noon. Completely free, the club has started with a group of 20 children aged 8 to 12 years old. Instructors are Fernando Ortiz, Francisco Martínez, Luis Enrique Ramírez Grimaldi, and Teresa de Jesús López Cervantes, all high school students at the CBTis, and Abraham Bautista Méndez, a student at Technological University.
There are also teen clubs in the Municipal Library (Biblioteca Municipal) located on Pepe Llanos.
To celebrate, this launch and reopening of the Science Club was attended by Mayor Ricardo Villarreal and city counselor Dolores Rosales, and President of the Education Commission; Mario Morales, Municipal Contralor; Verónica Rodríguez, Director of Education; members of the board and administration of La Biblioteca: Sandra Suaste, Manager of La Biblioteca Pública; Robert Merrill, President of the Board of Directors of La Biblioteca Pública; Ali Zerriffi, Vice President of the Board of Directors of La Biblioteca; and Daniel Jiménez, Rector of the Technological University de San Miguel.
Members of these groups highlighted the importance of investing in education and children, through programs such as this. The Science Club is currently full, but to hear about the plans of the Club, visit La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25.