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Special Spring Issue, Vol 47, Issue 3
May 2009 - Special Spring Issue, Vol 47, Issue 3
May  2009                                                                    Special Spring Issue
Vol 47, Issue 3

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

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In This Issue
Summer Schedule
The Year of Astronomy
e-Waste Roundup at Wedgeworth
YSC Donations
Engineering as a Career

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!

Astronomy Year 2009

e-Waste Roundup  May 23at Wedgeworth Elementary
 eWaste Event 2009
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).

Officers for 2009 Nominated
The following officers were confirmed 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 were certified at the May 4, 2009 Board of Directors.


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

Or 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.
Engineering Back In Fashion

April 24, 2009.  MILWAUKEE - Jonathan Liegois once wanted to be a marine biologist. Instead, the college freshman is here at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, his dream of undersea discovery replaced by the more practical ideal of a steady job and good income.

"The job outlook is high," he says, echoing the sentiments of many classmates. "If you stick to it, it will pay off."

Across the United States, enrollment in engineering programs has risen to levels not seen in three decades. The recession appears to be one factor, as students and their parents look for dependable careers.

But some education officials detect a shift in opinion about the profession itself, as global warming and stem-cell research make fields like chemical and bioengineering more than just wise choices for job-seekers - but fashionable ones, too.

Many students are bringing to engineering a heightened sense of social responsibility and a desire "to go out and make a difference in the world," says Joseph Helble, dean of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where enrollment in introductory undergraduate courses is 30 percent above the five-year average.

Nationally, enrollment in undergraduate engineering programs rose 3 percent in 2007 and 4.5 percent 2008, according to the American Association of Engineering Education. Meanwhile, enrollment in masters' degree programs rose 7 percent in 2007 and 2 percent in 2008. In the fall of 2008, 91,489 masters degree students and 403,193 undergraduates were studying engineering at US universities and colleges.

For the complete article in the Christian Science Monitor, click  here .
Family Events

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.
Star Party 2009 

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.
Wedgeworth School Hawaii Day, SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2 to 6 pm.   Fun, food and entertainment at this first-ever Hawaiian festival.   Tickets are $5 each.  The school's annual variety show follows at 6:30 pm.

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.
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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