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December 2009, Vol 47, Issue 7
December 2009, Vol 47, Issue 7
 
December  2009
Vol 47, Issue 7

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Founded 1962

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                                                  Season's Greetings from the Youth Science Center
 
 Letter from the President/CEO

Happy Holidays!                           

 

I would just like to thank you all for supporting our 6th Annual Gala!  It was our 25th Anniversary, featuring special guest Fritz Coleman.  He was a phenomenal MC.  The Gala itself was a great success, with new sponsors and donors.  Again, we would not be here without the support of our friends.  Be on the lookout for next years Gala.  Again, please contact us if you are interested in being a part of this successful event.

 

We have great plans for the New Year.  We are continuing our 5th grade Water Education Program in January in partnership with the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and the Sanitation District of Los Angeles County called, "The Magical World of Water."

 

 We will also be working on new projects and partnerships as they come, particularly with the California Space Authority and the Boys and Girls Clubs.  We are also looking to work with other school districts in the coming year.

 

I know that it has been a particularly tough year for all of us in the non-profit sector.  Please do not forget the great non-profits out there doing good work.  We need all the support we can get.  Again, let's keep our hopes up for a great 2010!  Definitely look forward to great things from us next year and the years to come!!

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions. 

Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

 

Faithfully,

Ling-Ling Chang

President & CEO

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YSC 25th Anniversary Dinner Held on November 6th
 
 Mary Su  Tom King

    YSC Receives Congratulatory Certificate from the City of Walnut.  Pictured are Mary Su (Mayor), Ron Chong
Ling-Ling Chang and Tom King (Councilman, City of Walnut)
  
ellen park
     Wedgeworth Elementary Principal Ellen Park receiving Community Partner Award from Ron Chong




David Perez

     David M. Perez, right, of Valley Vista Services Receiving Community Philanthropy Award


Pat Smith

    Patricia Smith, YSC Teacher of the Year, talking about the life of a science teacher


Peter Vandeventer

  PhD candidate Peter Vandeventer, YSC Alumni of the Year, reflects on how the he was influenced by the YSC


alice yang

  Photos courtesy of Aaron Dominguez

   Alice Yang of Wilson High School  displaying a necklace at the silent auction.  Our
thanks to Alice and all of the hard working student volunteers shown below who helped make the
event a huge success:  Justin Chen, Patrick Chen, Alex Venturoso, Richard Hercosen, Vivienne Lee,
Selena Lue, Alex Tunque, Jessica Villanueva, Kelsey Wong and William Yang.

2009 dinner volunteers

    Photo courtesy of Rolin Soong


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In This Issue
Annual Dinner Nov 6
YSC Donations
Water Education Programs
Drinking Water Ratings
API Scores for 2009
Top 100 High Schools
High School Stress
Satuday Science Classes
Hadron Collider
Jobs
Guide to Science
Science Fair Projects
Best Laptops
Mealworm Heaven
Trans Fat in Oleo
Community Events
48th Ag District News
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 YSC WATER EDUCATION PROGRAM SEEKING SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE
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 20-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. 

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


   Students getting an astronaut's view at how much of the Earth's surface is water.  (Answer:  70.8%)

Project WET Globe
Best, Worst Cities for Drinking Water
  Dec 12, 2009.   The Environmental Working Group released its report of the 100 best and worst water for
cities with populations greater than 250,000.   The best city in California is the editor's hometown - Sacramento.
That is pretty surprising since the Sacramento River is the major source of the city's water.  We had always
thought that San Francisco has the best water - or that's what we were led to believe from a chemistry professor
at Berkeley who praised San Francisco's pure water source at Hetch Hetchy Dam in Yosemite. 

Number 99 on the list is Las Vegas, which gets its water from Lake Mead.

For the complete list, click here.

The New York Times published an article on tainted tapwater on December 17.   Many dangerous
chemicals have not been banned from the water supply because the federal regulations have not been
updated.   A companion video shows the fearful people of Maywood and the visible presence of
manganese in their drinking water.   This element has been linked to Parkinson's disease and yet
it is apparently OK to be in their drinking water.     

API Scores for High Schools
                                                    2009     2008

Whitney(ABC)                                  988      985
Oxford (Anaheim Union)                   983      982
Fullerton (Fullerton)                        945*     768
Troy (Fullerton)                               924      917
University (Irvine)                           904      897
Northwood (Irvine)                          886      874
Walnut (Walnut)                              882      871
Diamond Bar (Walnut)                      869      858
Sunny Hills (Fullerton)                     857       855
Cerritos (ABC)                                  852      836
Esperanza (Placentia)                      842      832
Mark Keppel (Alhambra)                   828      806
Glendora (Glendora)                        828      810
Brea-Olinda (Brea Olinda)               820       804
Diamond Ranch (Pomona)                809       807
Ayala (Chino Valley)                        803       795
Claremont (Claremont)                    802      803
La Serna (Whittier)                          797      790
Nogales (Rowland)                           795      783
La Habra (Fullerton)                        786      778
Sonora (Fullerton)                           776      762
Wilson  (Hacienda)                          772      764
California (Whittier)                        768      752
Los Altos (Hacienda)                        765     728
South Hills (Covina)                         762      760
San Gabriel (Alhambra)                    744      722
Rosemead (El Monte Union)              731      708
Northview (Covina Valley)                742      708
Buena Park (Fullerton)                    725       729
Rowland (Rowland)                         689       674
Bassett (Bassett)                             671       642
Workman (Hacienda)                       631       615

NOTE:  The state data for Fullerton only show 11 students in the sample


U.S. News & Report Ranks Top 100 High Schools.

U.S. News and World Report released its latest rankings of the top 100 public high schools in the U.S.
The only area schools on this list are #3 Gretchen Whitney in Cerritos (ABC District) and
#4 Oxford Academy in Anaheim (Anaheim Union High School District). 

For the top 100 schools, click here.

Many Students Stress Out in High School Junior Year
 
For the first time, the American Psychological Association is including young people in their survey about stress. They report that a third of kids say they feel more stressed out than a year ago. Kids say they're worried about their family's finances, school work, and getting into college. But there is one year of high school that is more stressful than any other year: 11th grade.

For the article in Connect With Kids, including tips on what parents can do to help their kids, click here.
YSC Launches Saturday Science Program For Migrant Ed Students
  The YSC was selected to be the program contractor to conduct a series of Saturday morning science classes
in Pico Rivera's Rio Vista Elementary School for 50 students in the Migrant Education program in grades K-8.  The
first of 20 Saturdays began on November 20 using 3 classrooms.  The goal of the program is
to improve student performance in reading, writing and math using science instruction.   YSC Project WET instructor Michele
Rega is the director for this program and is responsible for scheduling classes and making sure everything is
running smoothly.   The teachers being used are from our summer programs.   The program is administered by the
Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).  School districts participating are El Rancho, Los Nietos,
South Whittier and Little Lake.

  Below:  Instructor Paul Burns introducing middle school students to the DNA molecule at Rio Vista Elementary

Burns LACOE




Hadron Collider Up and Running Again
 
November 21, 2009

Proton Beams Are on Track at Collider

   Former YSC student Emily Thompson is all smiles as the Hadron Collider comes back on stream in record time.

Emily attended Rowland High School and Cal Poly Pomona and is working at the Hadron Collider in Switzerland

as part of her work towards a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts.   Emily is the

daughter of George and Virene Thompson of Rowland Heights.  For a lecture on the Hadron Colllider, see the

Community Activities section below.


Physicists returned to their future on Friday. About 10 p.m. outside Geneva, scientists at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, succeeded in sending beams of protons clockwise around the 17-mile underground magnetic racetrack known as the Large Hadron Collider, the world's biggest and most expensive physics experiment.

For physicists, the event was a milestone on the way back from disaster and the resumption of a 15-year, $9 billion quest to investigate laws and forces that prevailed when the universe was less than a trillionth of a second old.

The collider was designed to accelerate protons to energies of seven trillion electron volts apiece and smash them together in tiny fireballs in an effort to replicate and study the conditions of the Big Bang.

The first time protons circled the collider, on Sept. 10, 2008, the event was celebrated with Champagne and midnight pajama parties around the world. But the festivities were cut short a few days later when an electrical connection between a pair of the collider's giant superconducting electromagnets vaporized.

Subsequent work revealed that the machine was riddled with thousands of connections unable to handle the high currents required to run the collider at its intended energy.

Physicists and engineers have spent the past year testing and making repairs. While they have not replaced all the faulty connections, they have patched things up enough to allow the collider to run at less than full speed.

Calling the past year's work a "Herculean effort," CERN's director for accelerators, Steve Myers, said the engineers had learned from painful experience and understood the collider far better than they had before.

CERN's director, Rolf Heuer, said in a statement, "It's great to see beam circulating in the LHC again," but he and others cautioned that there was a long way to go before the collider started producing the physics it was designed for.

When the collider begins to do real physics next year, it will run at half its original design energy, with protons of 3.5 trillion electron volts. The energy will be increased gradually during the year, but it could be years, physicists say, before the machine reaches its full potential.

Thousands of the troublesome junctions will have to be rebuilt during a yearlong shutdown in 2011, and engineers have to figure out why several dozen of the superconducting magnets seem to have lost their ability to operate at high intensities.

The delay has given new life to the collider's main rival, the Tevatron at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.

If all goes well, CERN says, the protons will start colliding at low energies in about a week.

Those first collisions will occur at the so-called injection energy of 450 billion electron volts. The machine will then quickly step up to 1.1 trillion electron volts, which is just above the energy of the Tevatron.

CERN is hoping to achieve that landmark as a symbolic Christmas present before a short holiday shutdown.

Toughest Jobs to Fill in America

  Looking for a career with a high level of demand? A recent survey found that some jobs feature more openings than trained workers. Training for one of these top jobs can help ensure your degree training will be highly valued when it comes time to look for work.

Career Training for Careers In Demand

The survey, conducted by employment agency Manpower, Inc., found a range of careers in high demand across the country. "From our research it is clear that across the country employers are experiencing a mismatch between the talent their businesses need and the skills and abilities potential employees possess," said Jonas Prising, president of Manpower North America.

Matching your own talent up with potential employers may require a degree or career training program. Check out a few of the hardest jobs to fill in America, and learn more about the career training recommended for each.

Career #1: Engineers

Working as an engineer requires intelligence, organization, and a high level of specialized skills. Engineers typically work in one area of engineering; for example, mechanical or petroleum engineering. A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for most entry-level careers in the field.

For those with the right degree training and skill, engineering salaries offer big rewards. Civil engineers earned mean annual wages of $78,560 in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the job is expected to see a high level of future growth.

Career #2: Technicians

Looking for an engineering career without a four-year bachelor's degree? Consider training to become an engineering technician. These trained workers use an associate's degree in the engineering specialty they choose to move swiftly into the workforce. Engineers and the public alike depend on technicians for their ability and knowledge.


According to the BLS, electrical and electronic engineering technicians earned mean annual wages of $53,990 in 2008. If you love the work but want a higher salary and more responsibility, you can transition your associate's degree into bachelor's degree training.

Career #3: Accountants

Make your skills with financials and business work for you with a career as an accountant. These number lovers are a big asset to individuals and businesses alike, who rely on them to do everything from interpreting tax laws to organizing a company's finances. Forensic accountants follow paper trails and help out with court cases.

The educational path to become an accountant varies. Accounting clerks may require only an associate's degree, while fully-licensed accountants may need a bachelor's degree in accounting plus CPA certification. Regardless, accountants earned mean annual wages of $65,840 in 2008, the BLS reports.

Career #4: Mechanics

Working on cars has always required a mix of technical knowledge and a passion for all things automotive. Today, automotive service technicians and mechanics benefit from an associate's degree level of training. With the high-tech diagnostic devices used in garages today, a little computer-based knowledge goes a long way.

The BLS notes that automotive service technicians and mechanics earned mean annual wages of $37,540 in 2008. An associate's degree is recommended for employment, and mechanics with certification may see the best opportunities.

Career #5: IT Staff

This broad category includes many of the country's fastest-growing occupations, including network systems and data communications analysts, computer software engineers, computer systems analysts, and database administrators. In any company with a network of computers and technology, a highly trained IT staff is appreciated.

Most IT staff jobs require a bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, management information systems, or similar, though some entry level careers -- such as careers for Web masters -- may only require an associate's degree. Specific earnings for IT staff depend heavily on the career you choose. The BLS reports that database administrators saw mean annual earnings of $72,900 in 2008, for example.

Valuable Education for Popular Careers

While no degree program can guarantee a particular career or salary, the training you receive is often preferred or required by hiring managers in the careers above. After a few years of training, you could be filling the need for trained workers in the field of your choice.


"Science Matters" Is A Parent's Guide to Hands-on Learning
 
"Science Matters" is a 16-page family guide designed to spark discovery and learning throuth
science exploration.  Produced by the Medtronic Foundation, it is intended to inspire the
next generation of scientific innovators.  The content is geared to students in Grades 4 through 6.

                       Science Matters will:

                               Reinforce the important role of nurturing a child's natural curiosity and demonstrate
                               "science is everywhere."

                                Give families an understanding of what science is and how it affects our lives, and future
                                careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

                                Provide a trange of interactive explorations and activities associated with three primary
                                areas of science development:
                                         Science as Inquiry
                                         Science as Invention
                                         Science and Community

The YSC has a limited number of copies of Science Matters.  You may obtain one by visiting the YSC or send your
name and address for a mailed copy  to:  YSC, PO Box 5723, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Medtronics
Science Fair Project Assistance
Project ideas
 In a few months it will be time for science fair projects.  If your student needs
help in finding a good project, log in to the Science Buddies website at www.sciencebuddies.org.
You can browse their directory of science fair projects or use the topic wizard to help
find a project.
Laptop Reliability Survey Gives Surprising Results
Toshiba laptop SquareTrade analyzed failure rates for over 30,000 new
laptop computers covered by SquareTrade Laptop Warranty
plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within
3 years. SquareTrade also found that netbooks are 20% more
 unreliable than other laptops, and that Asus and Toshiba are
the most reliable laptop brands.

To see which is the most unreliable of the 9 makes of computers surveyed, click here.

     SquareTrade sells 3-year extended warranties on electronics and appliances, all at prices significantly
less than the stores.  For example, a Best Buy warranty for an iPod is $60, and $30 at SquareTrade.  For
more information and endorsements, go to www.squaretrade.com or call 1-877-WARRANTY.
The Wonderful World of Meal Worms
  For years the YSC's lizards have been happily munching on superworms from Rainbow Mealworms in Compton.
Superworms are larger than their smaller mealworm cousins and don't need to be refrigerated.  Billions of these
critters are shipped out of the Rainbow 'factory' annually.  For an interesting LA Times article on Rainbow Mealworms and
founder Fred Rhyme, click here.

Mealworms and superworms can be ordered from their website at  www.superworm.net

Superworm

Pictured:  Superworms ready for shipment
THE LOWDOWN ON TRANS FAT IN OLEOMARGARINE
   If you check the nutrition labels on margarine and they say "no trans fat" you can be sure there
are no trans fats, right?  WRONG!  The FDA allows oleo with less than 0.5 grams per tablespoon serving to say
there is zero trans fat present.   The FDA recommends a limit of no more than 2 grams of trans fat
per day.   "I Can't Believe It's Butter" has 0.3 grams, "Blue Bonnet" and "Country Crock" has 0.4 grams and
"Land O Lakes Fresh Buttery Spread" has 0.5 grams.

   What to do:  Make sure the ingredient label does not include "partially hydrogenated" oil.  In this
way you can be sure that zero trans fat is really zerol   Oleo with hydrogenated or fully hydrogenated is OK.

The top spreads which have zero trans fat and are low in saturated fat are:  I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Fat Free,
Promise Fat Free. Smart Beat Smart Squeeze, Country Crock Omega Plus Light, Olivio LIght, Promise Light,
Country Crock Whipped Easy Squeeze,  I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Original, Promise Activ, Canoleo Soft,
SmartBalance HeartRights Light, Smart Balance Omega Light, Country Crock Omega Plus, Parkay Squeeze,
Promise Buttery, Olivio, and Canola Harvest Original.

Source:  Nutrition Action Health Letter, September 2009.
Fritz Coleman Joins YSC Advisory Board
Fritz   We are pleased to announce that popular NBC4 weathercaster has joined
 the YSC advisory board.   Fritz has been named the most popular weathercaster
 in Los Angeles and has been doing this for 24 years.  He currently airs on the
 Channel 4 News at 5, 6 and 11 pm.

   A long-time stand-up comic, Coleman has performed at The Improvisation, The Ice House
  and other Southern California comedy clubs.  He has also received 4 Los Angeles area
                            Emmy awards for his work.

He has written and starred in three one-man plays, "It's Me! Dad," "The Reception," and "Tonight at 11!"
 
YSC Activities and Announcements

  Puente Hills Mall Shopping Contest:  At the end of the contest on December 21st, the YSC was
 in first place.  Thanks to everyone who shopped at the Mall and gave the YSC credit for their purchases.
 Official results of the contest will be announced in the next issue of The Antenna.

   LATE BREAKING NEWS: December 21.  The YSC has received a $5,000 award from the Boeing Employee Community Fund
for program support.  Our thanks to Boeing employee Al Callanta for being our company sponsor.

   "An Evening With Fritz Coleman" at the Covina Playhouse, January 9 and 10.   Those of you who
attended our dinner in November will want to see Fritz with his humorous observations on life
in the Southland.  2 performances only.  Tickets are $40.  104 North Citrus Avenue.  Phone 626 331-8133.

   Wedgeworth School McTeacher's Night.  At the Colima and Stoner Creek Road McDonald's on
January 14 from 4 to 8 pm.   Drive through or counter purchases.  No flyer or coupon needed.
Come and say hello to the Wedgeworth staff and PTA!

Ling DBCC

December 1, 2009.  YSC CEO Ling-Ling Chang, center, after being sworn in as Diamond Bar's
newest member of the City Council.  On the left is YSC board member Vicky Soong and on the
right is YSC Museum Director Judy Chong.


WEDGEWORTH SCHOOL WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS!   See their December 18, 2009
Jackson 5 With Disney Christmas program presented by Grades 2 and 3 on the YouTube.  Teachers involved were
Joanne Wu, Joanna Ortiz, Kaitlin Tang, Charlotte Morita and Susanna Lee.
Part 1
Part 2


A free subscription to Emagazine.com, the online home of E - The Environmental Magazine can be
obtained by clicking here.

Community Events

PHYSICS AT THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER: A NEW WINDOW ON MATTER, SPACETIME, AND THE UNIVERSE, presented
by Harvey B. Neuman, Professor of Physics, Caltech.   January 13, 2010 at
7:30 pm, Beckman Auditorium at Caltech.   We are embarking on a new generation of exploration at the high-energu
frontier as the Large Hadron Collider comes online at CERN in Geneva.  Caltech physicists and students are in the
final stages of commissioning the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment.  Using CMS and the LHC, we will search
for the Higgs particles thought to be responsible for mass in the Universe.  This lecture describes this work, and
the road to the discoveries that my lie ahead.   FREE ADMISSION and parking. 

Reptile Super Show.  Saturday (10-6) and Sunday (11-5), January 9-10.  At the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds.
For information see www.reptilesupershow.com   For a $1 coupon, click here.
 

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 southeast 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
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.

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.

The latest newsletters can be downloaded from their website at http://www.agfair.org/

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

                                                                             
Albertson's Community Partners
albertsons

   Link your Albertson's Preferred Savings card with the Youth Science Center as your Community Partner
  by going to http://www.albertsons.com/cp/

   This will also be necessary if you haven't renewed your YSC - Community Partner relationship within
  the past year.   Please make sure your card is up to date.

   The YSC receives 2% of every purchase you make at Albertsons and Sav-On, and it doesn't cost you
   anything, but you must specify as your Community Partner.
Use ShopforMuseums.com For Your Online Purchases

shop museums


The Youth Science Center is excited to announce its involvement as a Museum Partner with ShopforMuseums.com.  As a Museum Partner, anyone shopping online with their favorite national retailers can have a portion of their purchase directed to the Youth Science Center at no additional cost. ShopforMuseums.com is nationally recognized with hundreds of Museum Partners across the country. Whether you are in the market for books, office supplies, apparel, gifts, travel reservations, home improvement, school supplies, toys, electronics, flowers or gourmet food.  You name it, the place to start is at ShopforMuseums.com! 

 

Participation is simple and secure. To designate a portion of your next online purchase to (YOUR MUSEUM NAME HERE), simply:

   Go to www.ShopforMuseums.com.

  Log in.

  Click on (YOUTH SCIENCE CENTER).

  Then just click on the link of the store you want to visit and go about your shopping. Stores are organized by categories.

The percentage of your purchase will be tracked automatically as long as you begin each time at ShopforMuseums.com. 

 

Please use ShopforMuseums.com each time you shop online and spread the word to friends and family. (THE YOUTH SCIENCE CENTER appreciates your support.






YSC Partners with Cars4Causes
Cars 4 Causes
Do you have a car or other vehicle, tent trailer or boat which you would like to donate to the YSC? 
We have partnered with Cars4Causes.com to make the process easy.  The YSC
will receive 75% of the net from each vehicle donated through this program.
Click here to go to the YSC/Cars4Causes page.
Recycle Printer Cartridges to the YSC
Ink Jet Generic
Please drop off your used inkjet and laser cartridges of ANY BRAND to the YSC in Room 8.   We will use them
to get credit to purchase office supplies.   Thanks for your support!
 
 
 
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!  

Zcardz
 

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

HOT NEW ITEM!   Insect Bracelets and Key Chains In Lucite.  We have a nice selection of insects which

will 'fly off the shelves.'  Regularly $7.99 elsewhere, they are only $4.95 in the YSC store, TAX INCLUDED.  Bracelets are adjustable and made of fabric.


of fabric material.  Imported.

Insect BraceletsInsect Key Chain

 

   NOW AVAILABLE: Insect 'N Side Candy.   The perfect accompaniment for your insect  bracelet:  An edible

scorpion encased in a amber-colored candy by Hotlix.  Impress your friends!   Only $3 each.   Regular $5.

They are finger-lickin' good, but not for the squeamish.

Scorpion

 

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 3:00 P.M during the school year.

  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.
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. 

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:  Carla Neiswender
Treasurer:  William Yuen                                       Summer Director: Phyllis Vandeventer
Secretary:  Walter Clark                                    
                                                                            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                      Manuel Serrano           Member at Large: Rolin Soong, Edy Au and Chris Maerling
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
                                                                            Bookkeeping:  Edy Au
                                                            
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:  January 15, 2010
 
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