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April 2009 - Vol 47, Issue 2
April 2009 - Vol 47, Issue 2
April 2009
Vol 47, Issue 2

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Founded 1962

Letter from the President/CEO
Dear Friends of the Youth Science Center:

Happy Earth Day & Water Awareness Month!

Given the current state of the economy, the increased taxes in California, and 
the cuts in education, it is imperative that we get the word out about the great
programs at the Youth Science Center.  We need your help more than ever in 
supporting our esteemed Summer Science program.  Support for science and 
educational non-profits like the Youth Science Center is absolutely vital, 
as we provide the supplemental educational opportunities for young and 
curious minds.  

An update on our projects:

·  State Farm Insurance has awarded the Youth Science Center a grant of $1000 for our 
        highly acclaimed Starlab program.  Check presentation will be at 
        Sunset Elementary in La Puente on May 29th.  Thank you, State Farm!
·  We have confirmed Fritz Coleman, weathercaster from KNBC as our MC 
        at our 25th Anniversay Gala!  It is not to be missed!  We are currently 
        planning for our annual gala; please let us know if you are interested 
        in getting involved.
·  Our Facilities Committee will be convening this year to discuss future 
        plans for the Youth Science Center.  
·  The Magical World of Water 5th grade program is important now, more 
        than ever, given the water crisis.  We are working closely with our 
        sponsors, the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and 
        the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to provide water education
        classes at no cost to the school.  
·  We are also in the process of finalizing plans for the outreach 
        and summer programs, partially funded by Southern California Edison, 
        with scholarships provided by Supervisor Don Knabe.  We will keep you 

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or supporting the YSC.

As always, my door is always open.  Thank you for your continuing support.

Many thanks,
Ling-Ling Chang
President & CEO

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YSC Day at Puente Hills Mall
SATURDAY, MAY 9TH, 1 TO 4PM in the Mall Center Court of Puente Hills Mall.
The mall is located at the corner of Azusa Avenue and Colima Road in the
City of Industry.

Fritz Coleman YSC Celebrates 25th Anniversary on November 6, 2009


Mark your calendar for Friday, November 6, 2009 for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the
Youth Science Center in Hacienda Heights! The gala dinner event will be at Pacific Palms Conference Resort
in the City of Industry.

KNBC Weatherman and 4 time Emmy Award Winner Fritz Coleman will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Fritz is pictured above from left to right with, Ron Chong, Judy Chong, Vicky Soong and Rolin Soong at
last year's SCAQMD luncheon at the Biltmore.
Earth Day is April 22

Earth Day is April 22. Please do what you can to recycle, reuse and reduce.

Join us at the Earth Day event at the Los Angeles County Sanitation District
parking lot on Workman Mill Road on April 18th from 10 am to 2 pm.

See the Family Events section below for more information and directions.
YSC 2009 Summer Program Scheduled
This year's summer program will run from June 22nd to July 31st at Wedgeworth Elementary.
If your children didn't participate last year, send your mailing address to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
for a printed copy when it is ready in early May or phone the YSC at 626 854-9825.

This summer Paul Burns will add a podcasting class is being added to our fabulous lineup of computer classes.
The Photoshop class is being enhanced so you can learn about masking, filters,
layers and blend modes to make your photos into masterpiece works of art. It's a Small
World has also updated so that you will see objects not only with hand lenses and microscopes
but also with stereo scopes, discovery scopes, the flex cam and our new Eyeclops.
For students entering grades 2 and 3, we have a class where you can learn all about birds
while building a bird's nest of your own to keep.

For a mailed schedule, please phone 626 854-9825.

No summer school in your District? Kids home all day with nothing to do? Why not enroll them in the
Youth Science Center's quality science enrichment program. Our classes are indoors, in AIR CONDITIONED
classrooms and taught by highly qualified science instructors. Most classes cost less than $60 for 7.5 hours
of instruction. Classes include physical and life science, math, Lego robotics and computers.

Pictured: Students putting finishing touches on their vehicles in the Contraption Carnival class taught
by instructor Robert Smith of the Whittier City School District.

Below: Judy Dominguez shows students the finer points of readying their model rockets ready for launching

Model Rocketry Class
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Quick Links
In This Issue
Water Education Programs
Digital Starlab
Starlab News
Article Headline
Albertson's Card Renewal
YSC Donations
YSC Tee-Shirts
Community Service Projectc
Time Out For Recess
Article Headline
UP Foundation Grant
Article Headline
e-Waste Roundup at Wedgeworth
Clean Water for a Nickel
Singapore Students
Article Headline
Article Headline
Article Headline
48th Ag District News
YSC Store Items
Officers for 2009 Nominated
The following officers were nominated to serve for a 1-year term beginning in May 2009:

Chairman Ron Chong
Vice Chair Kimberly Bach
Secretary Walter Clark
Treasurer William Yuen

Nominees to serve 3-year terms on the Board of Directors are Phyllis Vandeventer and Jeff Parriott.

Officers and directors will be certified at the May 4, 2009 Board of Directors meeting at the AQMD
office in Diamond Bar at 7 pm.

The YSC water education outreach program for public and private school 5th grade classes continued with classes at Potrero Elementary in El Monte in March. Since the program began in May 2008, over 800 students have participated in this program about water and conservation.

The program is underwritten by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (a water wholesaler which supplies local water districts) and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. The free program consists of three 50-minute hands-on lessons followed by an optional field trip to the San Jose Creek Water Treatment Plant in north Whittier. Each students receives a 21-page student workbook to go along with
the lessons. Eligible schools must be in the USGVWD service area. See map.

Contact the YSC at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to have the program at your school. This school year we have given programs to Baldwin Academy, Del Valle Elementary, Sunset Elementary, Mesa Robles Elementary, Nelson Elementary and Temple Academy. Call for more information or to schedule a program for your public or private school 5th graders!

Pictured below: YSC teacher Michele Rega instructs students on how to do pH measurements on various samples in a class at Nelson Elementary.

Nelson Elem

Starlab Inside
New Digital Starlab Shows Available

The new digital Starlab is available for shows at your school.

Come and see the mysteries of space through the Starlab, the indoor planetarium of the Youth Science Center. It offers children the opportunity to study stars through a portable, inflatable planetarium. Now you don't have to wait until it gets dark at night to see the wonders of the sky. Our new digital projector will show the sun and the seasons, Greek constellations and how they move around the North Star, objects in the current night sky, and even a simulated fly by around the moon!
The planetarium will accommodate a class of 35 students. It is 20 feet in diameter and 11 feet high. Narrated shows are 45-minutes in length, and must be done indoors. Digital Starlab programs are $110 each, 2 show minimum. Programs are for grade 2 through 6.

The YSC recently did Starlab programs for all first through fifth grade classes at West Whittier Elementary in the Whititer City School District. A program was done for Phelan Elementary in Whittier and Baldwin Academy in La Puente and programs are scheduled for Sunset Elementary in La Puente, Potrero Elementary in El Monte and and for all grades at Los Robles Academy in Hacienda Heights.

Call the YSC at 626.854.9825 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to book a program or for more information.

Send your name to Mars on a microchip aboard the Mars Science Laboratory Rover, to be launched in 2011. Click on this JPL link and fill out the input data.
Starlab brings constellations indoors at Phelan Elementary
By Tracy Garcia, Staff Writer, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 04/05/2009 07:24:36 PM PDT

WEST WHITTIER - It was a bright morning outside - but inside the multipurpose room at Phelan Elementary School, students were sitting in the dark, oohing and ahhing at the planets, moon and stars as they flew by overhead.

That's because they were sitting inside the Starlab Portable Planetarium, an inflatable black dome equipped with a digital projector that allowed about 40 third-grade students to get an up-close view of planets, Greek constellations, and do a simulated "fly-by" the moon.

Time limitations shortened the 45-minute show to about 25 minutes - but that didn't dampen the spirits of Dylan Bell, 9, as he walked back to class after the presentation.

"I think I might become an astronaut, but it takes a lot of practice," Bell said. "It was cool to really see what the moon was made of."

The Starlab dome came to Phelan through the efforts of teacher Pat Smith. She's a board member at the Youth Science Center in Hacienda Heights, which owns the $60,000 mobile planetarium.


"Tell them you want to go where the real stars hang out!"

"As third-graders, they've been learning about the sun, moon and stars," Smith said. "So we decided to bring (the Starlab) in so they can see how the constellations look in real life."

Smith said the students had been learning about constellations and where they are in relation to other planets in the night sky. Children had also been making simple daytime observations, like how shadows change throughout the day.

"So this was the culminating activity for them in finishing up this unit," Smith said.

Before heading into the dome in their socks, children got a quick lesson in how to identify north, south, east and west by the rising and setting of the sun.

"The next time your family goes on an outing, tell your parents you don't want to go to Disneyland and spend a million bucks to get in," presenter Judy Dominguez said. "Been there, done that.

"Tell them you want to go where the real stars hang out: at the
Griffith Observatory" in Los Angeles, she said. "And the best part is, it's free."
The children filed into the dome and sat on the floor, watching in amazement as Dominguez rapidly went through the planets and constellations, how and when to find them in the night sky, and how to spot the International Space Station as it flew by the Earth last week.

They also experienced what they would see if they were astronauts, looking out of a space shuttle as it flew by the moon.

"Tonight, I'm going to go to my backyard and see if I can see the constellations," said Tianna White, 9. "Because I think I want to be an astronaut, too."

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International Year of Astronomy
The American Astronomical Society will have its 214th meeting at the PasadenaIYA 2009
Convention Center June 7-11. In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy,
the AAS is planning a free public bazaar and star party on Saturday, June 6 from 8 am to 11 pm.
The YSC will set up the digital Starlab with Judy Dominguez giving programs on what
you will see that night from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Come and join us for this celebration of astronomy!
URGENT: Please Renew Your Albertsons' Community Partners Card
community partners

It's not too late to re-register your Preferred Savings Card with Albertsons.

The early renewal process ended on February 28th. To sign up to support the YSC please go to:

If you haven't done so before, enter your zipcode in the Get Started section
Click on "In the Community"
Click on the Community Partners logo
Click on "Shoppers login or register with your Preferred Savings Card first".
Note: You will need your Preferred Card Number AND phone number that you used when you signed up for the card. If you can not enter the site with your Preferred Card number and phone number please call General Customer Service: 877/932-7948 to update your record so that you can access the site.

If you need a Preferred Savings Card, go to this site. You will need to register as an
Albertsons' shopper first and then check the box to obtain a Preferred Savings Card.

Every time you shop at Albertsons' and scan your linked Preferred Savings Card, we will earn back at
least 2% of your shopping dollars.

Each year the YSC receives over $500 from your purchases at Albertsons' and Sav-On Pharmacy.

Support the Youth Science Center
Please consider donating to the Youth Science Center. Your donation will help support our programs!
Please send your tax-deductible check in any amount to:

Youth Science Center
16949 Wedgeworth Drive
Hacienda Hts, CA 91745

Of if you have a vehicle to donate, please contact Cars 4 Causes and inform them that you wish to designate the
YSC as the beneficiary. We will receive 50% of the sale cost, less towing fees. The vehicles do not have to be in running condition and a smog certificate is not required.
New YSC Tee-Shirts Available
red tee shirt
The new YSC logo with the slogan, Inform, Instruct, Inspire are available for purchase.
The blue and yellow logo can be ordered in red, white, blue and grey materials. Sizes
available are children's S-M-L-XL and adults S-M-L-X-XL-XXL-XXXL. Cost is only $10.
Size XXL and XXXL are $3 extra. This is a fundraising project for the YSC. Prices are
for pickup at the YSC office. Tees can be mailed for $3 each for shipping and handling.
To order: Send a check for the amount to YSC, 16949 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights,
CA 91745.
Community Service Project: USDA Forest Service Watershed Restoration Program
USFS shieldWatershed Restoration Program, Saturday April 25 8 am - 2pm.
Students can earn community services hours - all ages welcome. Adult supervision of children is required.
Meeting location is at the San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center, across the street from the
Rincon Fire Station, on Highway 39, just past the East Fork Road.

Remember to: Wear sturdy, non-skid, closed-toe shoes. Dress in comfortable clothes -- bring a jacket in case the weather is cold. Bring work or garden gloves. Bring a lunch and water. Start with a full tank of gas.

If the weather is poor, call 626 443-2298 and press #5 anytime after 5:00 pm the day beofre an event to verify event status.

Recess is Important To A Child's Academic Performance
The best way to improve children's performance in the classroom may be to take them out of it.

New research suggests that play and down time may be as important to a child's academic experience as reading, science and math, and that regular recess, fitness or nature time can influence behavior, concentration and even grades.

A study published this recently in the journal Pediatrics studied the links between recess and classroom behavior among about 11,000 children age 8 and 9.Those who had more than 15 minutes of recess a day showed better behavior in class than those who had little or none. Although disadvantaged children were more likely to be denied recess, the association between better behavior and recess time held up
even after researchers controlled for a number of variables, including sex, ethnicity, public or private school and class size.

For the complete NY Times article, click here .
YSC Receives US Bank Grant
US Bank 2009
The YSC received a $2,500 donation from US Bancorp for general operations. Pictured at the Hacienda Heights branch are Jose Romo, left, a Hacienda Heights resident and manager of the Cal State Fullerton Campus branch and Ron Chong, YSC Chair. Romo is also on the board of directors of the YSC. His two kids also attend YSC summer classes and they learn a lot, he said.

The Rose Hills Foundation Awards $10,000 to the YSC
Rose HillsThe Rose Hills Foundation notified the YSC that it will receive a $10,000 grant to support summer outreach programs. These funds will make it possible for underserved children to attend our summer science classes at Del Valle and Nelson elementary schools in La Puente.

Our thanks to YSC grant writer Teri Malkin for writing the proposal.
YSC Activities
YSC instructor Paul Burns taught a class on microbiology which was part of the Mountain View district's Saturday GATE class series in March.

Pictured is Paul Burns with district students and cell models which they made in class.

The classes were held at Madrid Middle School in El Monte.

Room 8 Reptiles

Students handling a rosie
boa snake and the YSC's pet
rats at the Science Center in
Room 8 at Wedgeworth School

2009 Science OlympiadWedgeworth Elementary
won a Silver Medal at the
2009 Science Olympiad which
was held at CSULA in March. Shown with the
Wedgeworth team at the awards ceremony is
Science Olympiad coach and
Wedgeworth instructor
Mariann Hess.

Mariann coached the team along with Wedgeworth
instructor Charlotte Morita.

The YSC assisted by providing materials used by
the students to study up for the competition.

Mommy and Me  2009

A Mommy and Me class from Glendora visited the YSC in
February. Contact the YSC if you would like your group to visit. Tours consist of a 30-minute lesson on some of the displays followed by hands-on time in the Center, including handling the snakes, rats and mice.

Simmons van Stratten
Businessman Keith van Stratten (left) and
Dickie Simmons, field deputy for Supervisor
Don Knabe visit the YSC after attending
Wedgeworth School's "Blow A Whistle on
Crime Assembly" on April 9th.

Van Stratten assisted in obtaining whistles for
Wedgeworth and the school district to help students ward off approaches by strangers.

WE HAVE LIFTOFF!!! Instructor Lyle Majeska oversees students at Shelyn Elementary's rocket
launch on April 2. The after school class was sponsored by the Shelyn GATE program for 4th grade students.

Shelyn Rocket Launch
e-Waste Roundup at Wedgeworth Elementary
Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 23. Wedgeworth School will have an electronic waste roundup from 9 am to 3 pm. Start saving your surplus or broken electronic equipment, including monitors, computers, laptops, batteries and small household appliances. Did you know that only 11% of computers get recycled? If they are dumped in landfills, the lead will leach in to our water supplies.

This is a fund raising event for Wedgeworth School and to help the community by keeping hazardous materials out of the landfills.

The school is located at 16949 Wedgeworth Drive in Hacienda Heights.

The YSC will also be open from 11 am to 3 pm in Room 8, so stop by for a visit!

The following items can be dropped off: Televisions, computers of any type, monitors, fax and photocopy machines, video recorders, DVD and CD players, printers, household batteries, cell phones and PDA's and electrical appliances (not including microwave ovens and fluorescent light bulbs).

While you are there, stop by the Youth Science Center in Room 8, which will be open 11 am to 3 pm.
Gabrielino High School Launches Ambitious Water Purification Project
life straw Clean water for a nickel

By Daniel Tedford, Staff Writer, SGV Tribune
Posted: 12/24/2008 10:30:31 AM PST

SAN GABRIEL - One might get the impression rather quickly that the students on the Green Dream team at Gabrielino High School are big dreamers and heavy thinkers.

One just needs to see their more- than-20-foot-long replica of a device called a LifeStraw (normally about a foot long) to understand that their aspirations, while almost mythical in stature, could be the stuff of legend if accomplished. "In high school they have built this crazy idea that you can do whatever you want to do," said Vivian Lam, a student involved with the Green Dream. "And we really believe that."

The students on the Green Dream team are trying to raise enough money to purchase 1 million LifeStraws. LifeStraws are portable water purification devices. They are, some believe, an opportunity to stop the spread of disease through water in third-world countries.

Each LifeStraw costs about $4.75, meaning that students have to raise about $4.8 million to purchase the desired amount.

And as if that isn't already a daunting task, the team is also attempting to do the majority of the fundraising through recycling.

That's right: the team plans to raise the money, five cents by five cents by five cents. They estimate that it will take about 97 million bottles and cans to reach their mark. See how you can contribute to this project by clicking here.
See this link for information on LifeStraw, which was Time Magazine 2005 Invention of the Year.

If you or your school would like to participate in this program, contact Michael Winters at Gabrielino HS
at (626) 573-2453.
Why Singapore Students Excel in Math and Science
Steven Paine had an aha moment while visiting Singapore last spring. The superintendent of West Virginia's schools was there with other education leaders to see what makes schooling in the city-state so successful, particularly in math and science.

When he asked a Singapore official about the basis of their math curriculum, she cited a standards framework put out by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - in  the United States. West Virginia's curriculum takes guidance from the same source, Mr. Paine says. "So the question remains, why is it that they lead the world in student achievement? I think it's because of their teacher quality," he says.

To read the entire article from the Christian Science Monitor, click here
A New Day in D.C.
Jean-Lou Chameau, President of CalTech

President Obama's vision for science and technology and the role they play in society is exhilarating. He shares our belief in the importance
of science in policy making and of scientific research to the health of the economy and general welfare of the country.

The president's closest advisors are talented and experienced, reflecting a breadth of knowledge across a wide range of science, engineering and social science disciplines. It should be a good time to be a scientist or an engineer in Washington!

While the economy, of course, is an urgent concern, I expect we are going to see sustained, long-term investments in science and technology during his presidency. As an early positive indicator, the stimulus package recently passed by Congress includes significant investments in federal agencies supporting research, such as DOE, NSF, NIH, NASA, and others. I'm glad we have momentum in our efforts at Caltech to focus on science and technology that will have a disproportionate impact on society in areas as energy, the environment, earth science, and medicine.

While we have budget concerns of our own, I believe our strategy for maintaining our investments in research and education, combined with our vision for enhancing our research in these areas, will put us in the right place at the right time to make the difference that the new administration is looking for.

Finally, I'm hoping President Obama, his cabinet and advisors, and our leaders in Congress will take actions that will inspire generations young and old to engage in science and engineering as a form of service to our nation.

From CalTech News, Volume 43, Number 1, 2009

What Careers Are Students Choosing? Science and Teaching Among the Popular Choices
What will the new map of talent flow look like? It's early, but based on graduate school applications this spring, enrollment in undergraduate courses, preliminary job-placement results at schools, and the anecdotal accounts of students and professors, a new pattern of occupational choice seems to be emerging. Public service, government, the sciences and even teaching look to be winners, while fewer shiny, young minds are embarking on careers in finance and business consulting.

For the complete NY Times article, click here.
dtv Analog to Digital Television Deadline Approaching
June 13 is the date when television stations in the Los Angeles area switch from analog to digital television. If you have an analog television getting its signal from a roof top antenna or from an external rabbit ears, you will need to get a converter box for about $45 unless you have one
of the $40 government coupons.

We purchased 2 converter boxes from Radio Shack. The reception is really good except for KABC Channel 7, which has a weak signal and our rooftop antenna will not pick it up. However Channel 7 worked fine with the television in the Science Center. We understand that most digital stations will increase their power when the analog transmitters are turned off.

The current digital signal strength of some of the channels are:

KCBS (2) 469 kW
KNBC (4) 380 kW
KTLA (5) 1000 kW
KABC (7) 182 kW (the weakest signal!)
KCAL (9) 300 kW
KTTV (11) 1000 kW
KCOP (13) 371 kW
KSCI(18) 256 kW
KCET (28) 190 kW
KOCE (50) 1000 kW

In the YSC in Room 8, the reception is 100% improved even with the converter box hooked up to the rabbit ears antenna. Although the pictures are great, some channels are subject to interference from people moving about close to the antenna.

You will also find that many of the digital stations are broadcasting several signals. KNBC Channel 4's main signal is broadcasting as Channel 4.1, but there are also 4.2 and 4.4. Not all digital sub-channels are available on cable. If you are a news junkie, take a look at 4.2 -- this has live raw feed broadcasts of breaking stories. If you are thinking about a career in news broadcasting, this is a great way to see what goes on in the newsroom before a story is edited down for broadcast.

Asian station KSCI has the most digital channels: 18.1 (Main), 18.2(UTB Japanese), 18.3(Korean), 18.5 (Armenian), 18.7 (Vietnamese), and 18.8 (Taiwanese)

Educational station KCET broadcasts its main signal on 28.1. The sub-channels are 28.2 (KCET Orange County), 28.3 V-Me (Spanish language) and 28.4 (PBS World). 28.4 has many science documentaries being shown.

Paper or Plastic Paper or Plastic?
Actually the best choice is to use a sturdy cloth shopping bag when you go to the market. Paper bags actually use more energy than plastic to manufacture. But if you have to make a choice, the National Resources Defense Council recommends the following:

When to pick plastic:

*The paper-bag option is made from timber instead of post-consumer recycled fiber (and it's not in danger of ending up in an ocean). Look for a label on the bag or ask your store.
*You are more likely to reuse a plastic bag than one made of paper. Consider using them for your trash instead of spending money on new plastic garbage liners at the store. In that scenario, you're getting two uses out of the plastic bag, so it's like having a bag made from
50 percent recycled content, says Martin Wolf, Director of Product & Environmental Technology at Seventh
*You can recycle plastic bags more easily than paper.

When to choose paper:

*The bag is made from post-consumer recycled fiber.
*You live in a place where there is a risk that a plastic bag might end up in a large body of water.
*You can reuse or recycle a paper bag more easily than one made of plastic.
Val Garcia announces birth of a son to Angelita Garcia and husband Tim Stonehocker. Angelita is one of our YSC alumni and graduated from Stanford University with degrees in computer science and education.

Val writes:

It is with great joy and excitement that my daughter & son-in-law, Tim and Angelita Stonehocker would like to announce the arrival of:

Tobías Atl Stonehocker

Born Thursday, March 26, at 3:56am in Mountain View, California.

Weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 21 1/2 inches.

Similar to his father, Tobías (Toby for short) has a first name beginning with 'T' and referring to God -- Tobías means "God is

Similar to his mother (and uncles), Toby has a Nahuatl (Aztec) middle name, 'Atl' (pronounced AW-tul) which means "water".

I am very proud to call myself a grandmother or Nana!

The action of the Navy SEAL sharp shooters on the USS Bainbridge brought to mind YSC Alumni Eric Shuey who is now at Navy SEAL school in San Diego. Eric graduated from the US Naval Academy and Wilson High School. As a student aide for Judy Dominguez and the model rocketry classes, Eric is remembered for making a model of the Mars rover and landing capsule from Lego parts -- a model which he still has! The SEAL school is called the toughest training school in the world.

Emily Thompson is working on the Hadron Collider project in Switzerland as part of her studies for a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Massachusetts. Emily graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and Rowland High School and is the daughter of George and Virene Thompson.

Former Fullerton resident Anne Kokayeff writes that she is a Doctor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Anne attended Sunny Hills High School before the family moved to Illinois. She is the daughter of Peter and Lana Kokayeff.

Donald Bauman 48th Agriculture District Has Teacher Resources
48th Ag LogoThe 48th Agriculture District office is located on the MSAC campus. It has a wide variety of teacher resources for agriculture-related topics.
The materials are free, but teachers must agree to participate in the School's Agriculture and Nutrition Fair, held at the Pomona Fairplex.
This year the fair will be held April 22 through 26. A fair entry form can be obtained from their website.

The district has assembled teaching materials from diverse sources, and purchase or receive donations of books, hydroponics materials, bread kits, incubators and aquariums and chillers. The resource center provides a one-stop shopping center for teachers - materials for about 60 projects in one place- so they can select a project that coordinates with what they are required to teach in their grades.

Executive Director Louise Romano retired on February 3rd after leading the 48th Ag for 5 years. Event Programmer Sylvia Bishop will take her place. We wish both of them well!

For more information or to schedule a visit, phone (909) 468-4433 or visit their website.

Schools' Agriculture and Nutrition Program
48th District Agricultural Association
June thru September: Monday thru Friday; October thru May: Tuesday thru Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12 - 1:00 PM)
(909) 468-4433; Fax (909) 468-4439

Family Events

Earth Day 2009: On Saturday, April 18, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County will be hosting an Earth Day celebration from 10 am to 2 pm. The celebration will include educational booths, engaging tours, interactive workshops, arts, crafts, and displays by
the Youth Science Center. Free event parking and shuttle will be at 13181 and 13191 Crossroads Parkway North. For the event flyer and map, click here

48th District Agricultural Association Fair. April 22- 26. 9 to 4 W-F, 11-4 Sat and Noon -5 Sunday. In Building 10 at the Pomona Fairgrounds. Grades PreK - 12. 5,000 individual and classroom projects will be on display at this year's "Fields of Nutrition" Fair.

Jet Propulsion Lab Open House. The 2009 JPL Open House will be on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 2009, 9 am - 5 pm. This is your chance to question JPL scientists and engineers about how spacecraft are sent to other planets, how they use space technologies to explore earth and how they are searching for planets beyond the solar system. JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena 91109.

Romance of the Ranchos, Sunday May 3, 2009, 1 to 5 pm. An afternoon of free entertainment at the Workman and Temple Homestead Museum. Music by the Mariachi Monumental de America and Dogtown Filharmonik; folklorico dance demonstrations; adobe brick making; blacksmithing, pottery and wood-working demonstrations; old time crafts; Native American culture and live animals. 15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry.

YSC Day at Puente Hills Mall, Saturday May 9, 2009, 1 to 4 pm. Join us in the Center Court of Puente Hills Mall in the City of Industry. We will have a Lego robotics competion, live snakes and lizards, hissing cockroaches, crazy chemistry with George "Dr. Flubber" Lightholder, a make-and-take water cycle bracelet and an astronomy activity. Don't miss out on the fun at this free event!

Cal Tech Science Saturdays. For ages 8 and up. Admission is $5 per person. Stunning high definition movies serve as the springboard for lively discussions about the science behind the beauty and wonder of nature and science. Join Caltech scientists as they help unravel the mysteries of our world. At Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
Saturday, May 9, 2 pm. Earth: Power of the Planet - Volcano. Volcanoes are usually seen as destructive and frightening, but they are absolutely critical to making the Earth a home for life. Without them, Earth would have become a dead planet millions of years ago. A BBC/National Geographic Channel US/ZDF co-production.

Wedgeworth School Star Party. Friday, May 15, 7 to 9 pm. The YSC and Wedgeworth Elementary will have a Star Party on May 15. The digital Starlab planetarium will be set up for continuous programs in the multipurpose room. There will be telescopes set up to view the planets and stars, and hands-on activities for the kids in the classroom. This is a free activity.

Los Altos High School 50th Anniversary Celebration. SATURDAY, May 16, Noon to 6 pm. The date of the 50th Celebration will be May 16th, from twelve to six pm. It will consist of a car show, performing arts performances, live bands, game booths, food vendors, silent auction and much more.
15325 E. Los Robles Ave in Hacienda Heights.

La Mirada Symphony. SATURDAY, MAY 16th, 2009 8:00 p.m. FREE ADMISSION. Gioacchino Antonio Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Ferdinand David: Concertino for Trombone, Op. 4 Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2. E Minor, Op. 27 The program will be at the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

Los Angeles County Sanitation District Tours. SATURDAY, June 6. Tour the San Jose Creek Water Recycling Plant from 9 to 10:30 am and the Puente Hills Landfill from 10:30 to 12:30 pm. For ages 7 and up. For more information, signup information and map, click on this link.
Deadline to signup is June 1st.

Schabarum Park Family Bird Walk. See what kinds of birds are in our local park. Held the 3rd Sunday each month at 8:00 am. Meet at the park office. Free (Parking fee is charged, but you can park on Azusa Avenue and walk in). All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. The walks are led by naturalist Ray Jillson. The park is located at the corner of Azusa Avenue and Colima Road in Rowland Heights. Parking is free if you tell the guard that you are there for the bird walk.

The following free admissions are made available by Target

Bowers Museum, first Sunday of every month. 10 am - 4 pm

California African American Museum, first Sunday of every month 11 am - 5 pm

Children's Museum at La Habra, first Saturday of the month 10 am - 5 pm

Japanese American National Museum, second Saturday of the month except August 11 am - 4 pm

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) federal holiday Mondays from 12 to 8 pm

Museum of Latin American Art, Every Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

Orange County Museum of Art, second Sunday of each month

Shop for museumsShop Online and Help the YSC: You can help the YSC by shopping online via the Shop for Museums network. All you need to do is visit the Shop for Museums' website and register your email address. When registering be sure to specify the "Youth Science Center" as the beneficiary of the benefits of your shopping. Some of the more notable shops that will donate a percentage to the YSC are, the National Geographic Store, Dell, Tiger Direct, Staples, Old Navy, Ace Hardware, Carnival Cruiselines and Budget Rent-a-Car.

albertsonsSav-onAlbertson's Community Partners: If you shop at Albertson's Markets and Sav-on Drugs, your purchases can help the YSC. For every purchase, we receive a minimum of 2% as a rebate. Last quarter we received a check for $120. If you have an Albertson's Preferred Savings Card and would like to support this program, please e-Mail your name, phone number, and Albertson's Preferred Card to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it g For more information check their website.

GRAFFITI REPORTIING. Help fight graffiti in the unincorporated areas of Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights. Call the 24-hour Los Angeles Public Works hotline at 1-800-675-4357 or do it online and upload optional pictures.

The Antenna: This electronic newsletter is made possible by the sponsorship of Shop for Museums and a grant from Constant Contacts Care 4 Kids Program. Graphics and newsletter layout designed by Kristopher Kato.
Jelly BabiesFeatured Items at the YSC Store.

Zcardz: We have a new stock of the popular Zcardz. Each packet has 5 cards which turn into 3-D models. The series includes Aircraft, Extreme Vehicles, Flying Aces, Star Fighters and Street Racers. The Zcardz retail for $2.50 -- available at the YSC for only $2.00 each including tax!
For ages 8 and up. More Zcardz from the following series are now available: Dinosaurs, Sky Fighters, Motorcycles, Prehistoric Animals, Tanks, Wints and Racecars!


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Warner Brothers Trivets: Set of 4 classic Warner cartoon characters. Ceramic tiles are 4.25" x 4.25", total heigh is 9". Can be used as a heat protector or for wall hangings. Originally sold for $25, now only $12.
Can be shipped anywhere in the US for $10. Made in Taiwan and licensed by Warner Brothers.

ZCardz: 3D models of aircrafts and dinosaurs. Each pack has five models. Only $2.00 each.

Eyewitness Kits: From the maker of Eyewitness Books. Learn about Whales, Butterflies, Sharks, Fossils, and Space Shuttles, on sale for $10, regularly $11.

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Visiting the Hacienda Heights Youth Science Center
The Youth Science Center operates a hands-on science center in Hacienda Heights in Room 8 of Wedgeworth Elementary School. (Map) Since 1984, visitors have enjoyed our free-of-charge science center.
The Youth Science Center is open Tuesday and Friday from 12:00 P.M. to 3:45 P.M., and Saturday from 11:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M. During the Christmas break the Center will be closed December 20 through January 5. Visiting guests can also enjoy the Youth Science Center store, which is stocked with various science related materials. For more information regarding the Youth Science Center
please call (626) 854-9825
The mission of the Youth Science Center is to inform, instruct, and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the excitement of science and technology through exhibits and programs that promote learning through interaction.

The Antenna

The official newsletter of the Youth Science Center is published February, April, June, October and December. The Youth Science Center was founded in 1962 in Fullerton. The Hacienda Heights branch was established in 1984. The Youth Science Center's Tax ID Number is 95-2273238.

President and CEO: Ling-Ling Chang
YSC Board of Directors: Hacienda Heights Site Committe:
Chairman: Ron Chong Museum Director: Judy Chong
Vice-Chairman: Kim Bach Summer Registration: Sandra Talancon and Carla Neiswender
Treasurer: William Yuen Summer Director: Phyllis Vandeventer
Secretary: Manuel Serrano
Star Lab Director: Mariann Hess
Members of the Board of Directors: Star Lab Instructors: Judy Dominguez and Mike Vandeventer
Phyllis Vandeventer Leon Garcia Museum Aides: Evelyn Fuentes and Doris Hoffman
Patricia Smith Walt Clark Member at Large: Rolin Soong and Edy Au
Jeff Parriott Vicky Soong Store Purchasing: Dorothy Chu and Vicky Soong
Jose Romo Grant Writing: Teri Malkin
Antenna Editor: Ron Chong
Chair, Executive Comm.: Manuel Serrano
Save 5% For a limited of time save five percent off any purchase of $20 or greater at the Youth Science Center's store. To receive this discount, just print out this coupon and give it to the store clerk at the time of purchase.
Offer Expires: June 15, 2008
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