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Fall Issue - Vol 46, Issue 5

Fall Issue - Vol 46, Issue 5

Fall  2008
Vol 46, Issue 5

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Founded 1962

www.youthsciencecenter.org

 
 Letter from the President/CEO


Greetings and Happy Halloween!

This month, we've been gearing up for our 5th Annual Gala: Reaching
for the stars. The Gala is an opportunity to recognize a select group
of partners, friends of the YSC, as well as those who have taken
science and technology to the next level. This year, we are proud to
honor the following for their contribution to education and kids:
Dickie Simmons-Community Partner, McCabe Foundation-Corporate
Philanthropy, Kim Bach-Teacher of the Year, Michael and Jon
Malkin-Alumni, and Patrick Chen-Student Volunteer of the Year. These
are individuals and organizations that have guided and supported us
throughout the years.

Science is now included as part of No Child Left Behind. Now, more
than ever, integrative and effective hands-on science education is of
utmost importance. Along this path, a continual effort will be made to
create awareness of the YSC as well as the importance of science
education for children. We will continue to work on expanding the
YSC, as well as create even more educational opportunities for all
children. In the coming months through next year, we will be focusing
on conservation programs, which include the expansion of the Magical
World of Water-a partnership with the Upper San Gabriel Valley Water
District and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.

As always, door is always open! I hope to see you all at the Gala.

Faithfully,
Ling-Ling Chang
President & CEO
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In This Issue
Digital Starlab
e-Waste Collection Nov 22
Water Education Programs
Fastest-Growing Jobs
Best Engineering Schools
Math Scores for Girls and Boys
Out to Launch!
Viewing the ISS
Summer in Hong Kong
 
Annual Gala Dinner

The 5th annual YSC dinner will be held at Pacific Palms Conference
Resort on Thursday, October 23, 2008.   Save the date and plan on joining us for a great time!
Guest speaker artist/lecturer Chris Butler of the Griffith Planetarium will present some of his own artwork,  Imagine: Reality along with his humorous and informative commentary. 

Butler ArtTickets are $100 and table sponsorships (10 seats) begin at $1,000.   Phone the YSC at (626) 854-9825 for more information.   There will be a silent auction at 6 pm and the dinner will be at 7 pm.  Don't miss out on this fun and entertaining evening!

Honorees:

     Corporate Philanthropy:  McCabe Foundation
     Community Partner:  Dickie Simmons
     Teacher of the Year:  Kim Bach
     Alumni Awards:  Dr. Michael Malkin and
        Dr. Jon Malkin
     Student Volunteer Award:  Patrick Chen


  FLASH:  See Judy Dominguez on the National Geographic Channel (Time Warner Channel 58 in the San Gabriel Valley), Thursday Oct 16 at 7 pm.  The show, "Naked Science: Death of the Universe," will show her doing a model rocket launch!

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.

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.


e-Waste Event November 22 at Wedgeworth School
Wedgeworth School  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 22.   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).

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 YSC LAUNCHES WATER EDUCATION PROGRAM
The YSC water education outreach program for public and private school 5th grade classes began in May.  The first program was at Del Valle Elementary in La Puente.  Click here for a writeup and pictures which appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on June 2nd.   The class at Del Valle was covered by Time Warner Cable.  To see the news clip, click here.

 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 a water-related facility.  Each students receives a 25-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.  The inaugural program was given at Del Valle Elementary in La Puente.
Other programs were given at Mesa Robles Elementary in Hacienda Heights and Hillcrest Elementary in Monterey Park.  This program will continue in the fall semester, so call now to reserve times.

Pictured below:  Instructor Grace Huang gives students an idea of how much usable water is available on the earth.


Mesa Robles May 2008
Wedgeworth School Scores 933 on the API

     Scores for 2008 show that our host school Wedgewoth Elementary moved up to second place
among East San Gabriel Valley Schools.


API scores Elementary Schools by District     2008    2007

Pantera /Pomona                                        971    963
Laguna Road / Fullerton                             940    935
Wedgeworth Elementary /HLP                     933    931
Westhoff (Leonard B) Elementary /Walnut    929    937
Evergreen Elementary /Walnut                    925    927
Golden Springs /Pomona                             912    900
Grazide /HLP                                             911    902
Blandford Elementary /Rowland                  910    906
Oak Mesa Elementary /Bonita                      907    905
Los Molinos Elementary /HLP                       905    862
Quail Summit Elementary /Walnut               905    904
San Jose Charter Edison /W Covina               905    880
La Fetra Elementary /Glendora                    900    890
Collegewood Elementary /Walnut                897    895
Sellers Elementary /Glendora                      894    892
Castle Rock Elementary /Walnut                 890    870
Oswalt (Stanley G) Elementary /Rowland     888    871
Maple Hill Elementary /Walnut                    887    870
Shull (Arma J.) Elementary /Bonita              886    890
Shelyn Elementary /Rowland                       883    860
Ybarra Elementary /Rowland                       881    891
Cullen Elementary /Glendora                       879    890
Sutherland Elementary /Glendora                 874    867
Mesa Robles Elementary (/HLP                     873    863
Washington Elementary /Charter Oak           869    824
Williams Elementary /Glendora                    869    856
Killian Elementary /Rowland                        869    867
Laverne Heights Elementary /Bonita             868    875
Vejar Elementary /Walnut                            867    878
Macy / Lowell                                             865    893
Gladstone Elementary /Bonita                      865    850
Morris Elementary /Walnut                           846    829
Mesa Elementary /Covina Valley                   845    846
Vine Elementary /W Covina                          844    856
Rolling Hills / Fullerton                                842    823
Miller (Grace) Elementary /Bonita                837    841
Cedargrove Elementary /Charter Oak           830    801
Merlinda Elementary /W Covina                    827    781
Walnut Elementary /Walnut                         826    838
Stanton Elementary /Glendora                     825    817
Baldwin / HLP                                             819    814
Allen Avenue Elementary /Bonita                 818    804
Olita /  Lowell                                            802    707
Jordan / Lowell                                          799    802
Barranca Elementary /Covina Valley             797    805
Fairgrove / HLP                                          794    782
Jellick Elementary /Rowland                       772    779
Bixby / HLP                                                747    740

For other schools not in this list, go to  API Scores.
 
Picking a College Major
Despite the poor economy, employers are looking for workers with degrees in science, engineering, math and technology.  The YSC has helped shape the lives of students in making their occupation choices.

The Sacramento Bee reports on the choices college freshmen must make here.

Fastest-Growing Occupations
Job Outlook







Best Schools for Engineering Starting Salaries

    The top 3 schools are MIT, CalTech and Harvey Mudd.  The leader in starting salaries are students at CalTech, with an average starting salary of $75,500 for those with a B.S. degree.   For the complete list from payscale.com, click here.
Math Scores for Girls and Boys no Different
A study published in Science magazine of standardized test scores shows that girls are equally as proficient in math as boys.

For the Los Angeles Times article click here.
Volunteers Make A Difference

Our thanks again to our wonderful volunteers who helped in the classroom and outside in the store and doing many, many tasks to make life easier for the teachers: 

    Parent Volunteers

2008 parent volunteers

Juanita Barraza
Jena Bueno
Myrna Castillo
Tony Chan
Gadolina Chi
Wei Wei Chien
Ramona De La Cruz
Linda Fukuyama
Vicki Giansante
Ana Gonzalez
Lisa Guo
Donna Hazama
Jean Huang
Megan Huang
Michael Johnston
Victoria Kuo
Louisa Lee
Maria Lerma
Tamie Liptak
Ying Hong Lui
Maria Magana
Larry Miller
Annette Owen
Luz Reyes
Robert Reyes
Jason Rojas
Josie Rojas
Sylvia Rue
Amy Tuan
Margaret Tyree
Maria Velasquez
Julie Wang
Isabella Yang
Adriana Zepeda
Rowena Zhuang

    Student Volunteers

Daniel Chang
DeeDee Chao
Howard Chen
Jonathon Chen
Patrick Chen
William Chen
Nathaniel Christian
Jackie Chu
Elizabeth Fuentes
Beth Giansante
Rebecca Giansante
Grant Hoh
Jeremy Huang
Joyce Lam
Tiffany Lam
David Lui
Karla Magana
Francis Poon
Alaric Qin
Jasmine Sturr
Sophia Tai
Thi Tran
Kenny Truong
Lucy Truong
Laurence Tung
Chris Walker
Kelsey Wong
Elmer Wu
Alice Yang
Karen Yee

The high school seniors and their college they will be attending are:

       Patrick Chen (UC Riverside)
       Lucy Truong (UC San Diego)
       Kelsey Wong (UC San Diego)

       Sophia Tai returns to UC Davis

And we can't forget our aides to summer director Phyllis Vandeventer:

       Justin Chen ( will attend UC Santa Barbara)
       Alex Aw (returns to UC Irvine as a junior)
Out to Launch with the National Geographic Society
NG Rocket LaunchBy Judy Dominguez
YSC Aerospace, Model Rocketry and Astronomy Teacher


Last February, four Youth Science Center rocketeers were filmed launching model rockets for a National Geographic TV special that will air in the near future.  The special is entitled "Naked Science:  Death of the Universe" and is intended to explain the 3 current theories about how the "Big Bang" might come to an end.  One of the highlights was spending all day with astrophysicists Drs. Kim Weaver of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Robert Caldwell of Dartmouth University.  They even autographed a rocket for us!

  YSC model rocket teachers Lyle Majeska and Judy Dominguez, assisted by Judy's husband Aaron and YSC volunteer Michelle Otanez met the Dan Birman production company at Los Angeles Fire Camp 9 for the filming.  "We were so excited that morning, and even though it was to be a rainy day, we were encouraged by the clear skies as we climbed up the mountain.  Rounding one of the last curves, we were dismayed to see that the top of the mountain was shrouded by clouds."  After waiting for Mother Nature for a couple of hours, Birman decided to try Fire Camp 8 in Malibu.  After all, we had just this one day for the shoot.  It was do or die!

Conditions at camp 8 looked good, but 5 minutes after arriving, sea fog began to cover the mountain top, and then it rained!  With time running out, Birman decided to go down the mountain and look for a park or open area where we might do a quick launch.  We were 2 of 6 cars in the caravan which included the producer, cameraman and sound technician.  Suddenly, Birman put on the brakes and pulled over.  I remember seeing him quickly crossing the street and approaching a private residence.  I thought "Oh no, he's not!"  Before long, he led me to the residence's owners to explain why it would be safe to launch in their back yard which had an adjoining open field that was perfect for recovery.  Imagine, you're enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon when someone knocks on your door and asks if they can use your back yard to launch rockets for a National Geographic special!   They quickly put the dog away and watched!

It didn't take long to set up and begin launching!  "When it was finally time for the first launch, I handed the launch control to Kim and asked if she'd like to push the button.  Instantly, this serious astrophysicist turned into a third grader, announcing excitedly that she and her father had launched model rockets when she was a girl.  So, science activities like the ones offered at YSC really DO lead to great careers!  We went through the countdown and at liftoff, Kim shouted and cheered the rocket into the sky!"  We launched a variety of rockets including one that has an onboard digital camera that shot 10 second clips showing us and the ground below, spinning as the rocket spun.  The clip included parachute deployment from onboard the rocket and the descent. "I remember thinking what a sight it was watching film production crew members excitedly chasing and recovering rockets from the field and a tree!"  Maybe that's why Birman said that our segment of the show is the best!  Just at sunset, we had finished the lunching and watched Kim being filmed as she explained that model rockets demonstrate the part that gravity plays in the Big Bang Theory and how the universe might end.  Then, Birman said "That's a wrap"!  As we pulled away from our "shoot location", I look out the window and saw what we had left behind to mark our special day; a rocket dangling from the electric wires.


The Dan Birman Production Company recently informed us that the special will be shown on the National Georgraphic Channel (Time Waarner Channel 58 in Hacienda Heights) as Naked Science: Death of the Universe on November 16 at 7 pm.  Don't miss it!!!

NG Launch Group

Viewing the International Space Station and Other Satellites
                         
                 Naked Eye Observation of Satellite Passes
                                             By Judy Dominguez

A user friendly website that predicts the passes of satellites, the International Space Station and Space Shuttles is www.heavens-above-com.

Select the website, then click on "select a location from a database" and select "the United States of America" and then type in your city.   If your city name exists in other states, select the one in your state.

Once the program knows where you are, a new screen allows you to select 10 day predictions for the International Space Shuttle Station (ISS), Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the Space Shuttle Missions(STS) - when a shuttle is in orbit.  What you'll be seeing is sunlight reflecting from the solar panels which constantly reposition themselves toward the sun as well as other reflective surfaces.  They can be seen right after sunset or before sunrise when the sky is darker.  It also lists Iridium flares.  Iridium flares are the sunlight's reflection from a system of "dead", i.e., inoperable satellites.   There are many of these in orbit, and when the sun strikes the immovable solar panels, they produce a flash of light similar to a flash of light from a mirror that lasts a few seconds.    Some of these are very bright and worthy of your attention.

After you have selected an object to watch, you will be given a table of information to consider:

     Date:  The date of the passage.
     Mag:  Magnitude or brightness.  The lower the number, the brighter the object.
     Time:  Military or 24 hour clock time.   13:00 for instance indicates 1:00 pm.
     Alt: Altitude above the horizon.  0 degrees is on the horizon and 90 degrees is straight up.
     Az:  Azimuth or compass direction toward which you should look.  For most of the Los Angeles
         basin, north is toward the large San Gabriel Mountains.  Mt. Wilson is the mountain that
         contains all the radio and TV towers and is generally in the north.  The sun rises in the
         east and sets in the west.  If you look in the direction of the sun in the morning, you will
         be looking toward the east half of the sky.
     Max altitude:  Degree above the horizon.  This is usually when the object is the brightest.
     Ends:  The time and place where the object disappears from sight.  If the object disappears
         10 or 15 degrees up, it means that the satellite has entered the earth's shadow and it
          usually dims out rather quickly.
    
Try to pick a pass that is at least 30 degrees max altitude so it will be above the pollution and city lights.  From the chart, select magnitudes that are negative numbers.  The passes WILL BE ON TIME!  Satellites wait for no one!  Do not stare, but gaze, in the approximate direction for the beginning of the pass.  The object will appear to be a faint star at first that gets brighter and brighter as you watch.  If the light flashes or is red or green, that is a plane and not the satellite!  If the object changes speed or direction, that's not it!  The object will look like a star moving quickly across the sky without changing the speed or direction.  It will move across the sky against the background of the stars.  Good hunting!
    
 
Hong Kong Summer Job Is A Life-Changing Experience

Priscilla Chui is a senior in Civil Engineering at UCLA.   Her column resumes with some interesting observations about working in Hong Kong

Priscilla ChuiI can still feel the atmosphere of Hong Kong surrounding me. The smell of dim sum, the humidity lingering in the air, and the fast-paced life style that I have experienced for over eight weeks. Currently sitting on an airplane of Cathay Pacific with an empty seat to my left, the aisle to my right, and a business man sitting next to the window named Marshall, I cannot be more grateful to have spent my summer in Hong Kong to further my career in Civil Engineering.

I have been very fortunate to have this summer opportunity to be a part of the top internationally ranked Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility (GCF) of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) that analyzes the preparation, experimentation, and outcomes of centrifuge machine, which is a machine that separates materials of different properties by rotating the models at very high speeds, causing these materials to experience up to 150g and denser materials to be displaced more from the center than lighter materials. Before arriving Hong Kong during the summer, I have contacted a few professors of HKUST via website and have received many welcoming replies. An appointment was scheduled during my holiday vacation in Hong Kong, six months prior to my summer employment.

As I stepped onto the beautiful campus that overlooked the ocean and beaches of Sai Kung, known for its seafood delicacies, I knew that HKUST offered more than internships in Los Angeles. I met with Dr. Charles W. Ng, who is an intimidating, well-established, and encouraging professor, who has hired me as Project Assistant of GCF.
HKUST Centrifuge
Project Assistants interacted with the PhD students, technicians, and geotechnical engineers who predominately spoke Mandarin or Putonghua, which are languages I barely understood. With forced self-confidence, I was able to communicate very well with these men as I supported them in their experiments such as wire-coating, placing materials into modelers, analyzing data reports, and proof reading their theses and reports, while they studied the concepts from case histories regarding excavations and soil compactions. I was even fortunate to have been exposed to more than one centrifuge experiment as each test typically takes at least six weeks preparation.

This article is the bare minimal of my understanding of Civil Engineering, experiencing life in a different country, and being exposed to a new environment and culture alone. For YSC, I aim to encourage young audiences to take these types of opportunities. I am not speaking of the Education Abroad Program that colleges have to offer, but of these seasonal employments that have rarely been publically announced. Attempt the what-was-believed to be impossible: research in labs, internships with global companies, volunteer abroad. Explore what the world has to offer while you are still capable of doing as well as benefitting your future and career. Of course, there will be obstacles to overcome. Mainly, money. With the current standings of the economy, it is difficult to even think of driving to school and work every day.

Carrying a different perspective, rare opportunities to explore new cultures, grow individually, and further one's career, money should not prevent you from doing so. Even attending summer school during college may range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and it is typical to spend the similar amounts for young adults' social gatherings. For those who are preparing to break off into the real world, invest the same time, money, and effort into events that will give life lessons and networks for future goals. The estimated total of my earnings and expenditures were beyond expectations but I would not change it for anything else. Fortunately, my family and I have prepared ourselves financially for a year.

As any normal human being, there have been ups and downs in the event of being separated from family and friends, but I do not regret a single detail this summer. Each day was a chance for me to learn more about myself and grow into a better being. For instance, I have finally decided upon my future career goal which is to become a Civil Engineer with the federal government, acting as a liaison among different countries of the world. This goal seems far and hard to reach but I am determined to accomplish this. I hope to slowly change the world one country at a time as I completed my first test, Hong Kong. Maybe next year, I will be able to write my experience in Germany or Cambridge.

For those who are interested to know more of my life-changing experience in Hong Kong or wish to learn more of going abroad, feel free to contact me via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Good luck!

48th Agriculture District
The 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 in May.  A Teacher Appreciation Day will be held at the Agriscapes Building at CalPoly Pomona on October 25th.

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. Our 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.

For more information or to schedule a visit, phone (909) 468-4433 or visit their website
Fat Free At Last
If you're an ice cream lover who wants to keep your arteries open for business, you probably remember when Breyers Double Churn and Edy's (called Dreyer's on the West Coast) hit the market. Suddenly, "light" and "1/2 the fat" ice creams were creamy and rich, not icy and overly sweet.

But light ice cream still has 2 or 3 grams fo saturated fat per half-cup serving.  And if you've ever measured 1/2 cup, you know how easy it is to polish off twice that much by the last lick.

That's why Breyers Free Double Churn Ice Cream is going to make your taste buds (and your internist)  happy.  The calories--90 to 110 per haolf cup--are about what you'd get in a light ice cream, and they sure beat the roughly 300 calories and half a day's sat fat in most flavors of regular Haagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry's.

Maybe it's the added polydextrose--an indigestible caboydrate that shows up on the label as fiber--that makes Breyers Free taste so creamy.  (Polydextrose may not have all the benefits of the intact fiber in whole grains, but at least it's safe).

But who cares?  With 8 flavors to choose from  you've got more important things to think about.

Reprinted from Nutrition Action Healthletter, July/August 2008 issue.
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 tees are silk-screened by YSC parent Maria Magana.   Call if you are interested in
having tees for your school or organization. 
Entertainment 2009 Books Availble from the YSC
Enter 2009The 2009 editions of the Entertainment Books are now available.  We have the San Gabriel Valley ($20),
Los Angeles ($20), San Fernando Valley ($20), Inland Empire ($20) and Orange County ($35).  Call 626 854-9825 to order your copy.

The books quickly pay for themselves with their many offeres for dining, lodging and entertainment.

 Books can be mailed for a $5 shipping and handling charge, or they can be picked up at the YSC office. 
 

Announcements

CalPoly Pumpkin Festival and Insect Fair.   October 18-19, 9 am to 4 pm.   This year the insect fair will be held in the Agriscapes Building next to the CalPoly Farm Store.   For more information and a map, 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 corner of Azusa Avenue and Colima Road in Rowland Heights.

"The Phoenix Mission"   November 12 at 8 pm.  At CalTech's Beckman Auditorium.
Leslie Tamppari, project scientist on the Phoenix Mars Mission at JPL will provide an overview
of the mission, its history and latest scientific results.   The Phoenix mission landed on Mars on May 25, 2008 with an array of instruments to attempt to understand the history of water on Mars.
This is a free presentation.


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 Amazon.com, 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
Jelly Babies:  See our collection of stuffed animals.  These are collectible items.  Each of the 56 animals has its own birth date.  Priced at only $9.00 including tax.
 

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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 10:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M.  During the summer the Center will be open from 8:30 am to Noon, Monday through Friday, June 23 to August 1st.  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
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              Tom Chang                 Museum Aides: Evelyn Fuentes and Doris Hoffman
Patricia Smith                      Walt Clark                  Member at Large: Rolin Soong, Mariann Hess, Edy Au
Jeff Parriott                        Mary Tang                  Store Purchasing: Dorothy Chu and Vicky Soong
Jose Romo                           Vicky Soong                 Grant Writing: Teri Malkin
Warren Pauge                                                        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:  December 15, 2008
 
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