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Special Summer Program Issue, Vol 48, Issue 3
Special Summer Program Issue, Vol 48, Issue 3

    May 2010 Special Summer Program Issue                                
Vol 48, Issue 4

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Founded 1962

Summer Science Camp Schedules Available Online
The 2010 summer science camp will run from June 21 to July 30 at Wedgeworth Elementary School. No classes will be held on July 5 for Independence Day

The printed program will be mailed out the week of May 24. You can go online
and download the class schedules and registration form now at:

You can also help us by telling your friends about our program. We are offering over 100 week long classes in hands-on science, math and computers for grades K-8.

This year's afternoon schedule has been reorganized to have either a double
length or a single length class starting at 12:30 pm. There will be no classes
starting at 2:15 p.m.

Dr                                     Flubber

George Lightholder (in white lab coat above) returns with "Dr. Flubber's Wild And Fun Experiments" the week of July 19th. The kids will not want to miss this entertaining class!

New classes this year include the following which are sure to get your kids excited!

It's Electrical, It's Magnetic, It's Reactive, It's Physical by veteran Hacienda La Puente
teacher Andrea Brown. Students will learn about electricity and magnetism, circuits,
an electromagnet and compass. Andrea is the YSC's Teacher of the Year for 2010. The week
of June 21.

Balls, Ramps and Roller Coasters. Instructor Pat Smith (last year's YSC Teacher of
the Year) of the Whittier City District will have students study the properties of balls and what makes them bounce! Hands-on experiments will have students make a variety of balls and ramps, and compete to see who can build the longest and fastest roller coaster. The week of June 28.

The Little Tent That Cried. Instructor Kim Hinterleitner, science specialist for the
Hacienda La Puente school district. Raining inside your tent? Students will help
solve this mystery through hands-on experiments. The week of July 6.

Science Should Be Edible. Instructor Cindy Barstow of Montebello Unified will have students make a miniature coral reef, a model of the solar system and a trip to the middle of the earth, all using edible food products. A really yummy class! The week of July 12.

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In This Issue
eWASTE Roundup
Community Events
Shop for Museums
YSC Tee-Shirts
Dancing With The Star Teachers
40th Anniversary
The Wedgeworth teachers led the students on a lively
Macarena dance at the Royal
Vista Country Club in Walnut on May 14th.

A sellout crowd of 360
parents, students and alumni
were on hand to celebrate
Wedgeworth School's 40th

The YSC was a surprise honoree with the presentation
of a largebacklit sign with the YSC logo.

Master of Ceremonies was
superbly handled by Dickie Simmons, Field Deputy for
Supervisor Don Knabe.

The celebration was organized by co-chairs
Neal Noborio, Marian Oh
and Maricella Canada, and
PTA President Katharina Lam.

Teachers on the dance line above were Charlotte Morita, Cerina Yuen, Lorrie Burnett, Michelle Wang,
Lynn Baek, Christine Lin and Joanne Wu

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YSC 26th Anniversary Celebration Set for November 19
danny romero
The YSC will celebrate it's 26th anniversary in Hacienda Heights with
it's Seventh Annual Dinner at Pacific Palms on Friday, November 19 at 6 pm.
Master of Ceremonies will be Danny Romero, weatherman and Eyewitness
News Reporter for KABC-TV Channel 7.

Honorees for the evening will be Senator Bob Huff for Educational
Leadership, premium carpet manufacturer Bentley Prince Street of the
City of Industry as our Community Partner, Andrea Brown of the
Hacienda La Puente school district for Teacher of the Year, and
grant writer Teri Malkin of Rowland Heights, YSC Volunteer of the Year.
eWaste Roundup to Benefit Wedgeworth School

Bring your electronic waste to Wedgeworth School's eWaste Roundup on Saturday, May 22 from 9 am
to 3 pm. The roundup will be held at Wedgeworth School, 16949 Wedgeworth Drive in Hacienda Heights.
Acceptable products include computers and peripherals, television sets, monitors, VCR and DVD players, cellphones and
household and car batteries.

The school will also participate in a rummage sale at Wilson High School on the same day from 9 am to Noon.
Stop by and pick up some terrific bargains!

A Day at the Mall
PHM Ellen Vicky Judy 2010

The YSC and Wedgeworth
School combined forces to
present a science hands-on day at Puente Hills Mall on May 8.

Shown at left are Judy Chong and Vicky Soong of the YSC and Wedgeworth Principal
Ellen Park (standing).

The kids took home a
vegetable seed planting project, courtesy of
Gro-Power. Parents also
received sample packets of

Summer Director Phyllis Vandeventer assists visitors with the YSC's rosy boa Snake

PHM Phyllis 2010
PHM  Katharina 2010
Wedgeworth PTA President Katharina Lam Helping Parents and Kids with a Take Home Visor Project
New Wedgeworth School Proposed
new wedgeworthAt the May 6th board meeting, the Hacienda La Puente School Board voted 4 to 0 to adopt the 7-11 Committee's recommendation to redevelop the Wedgeworth School property.

After 40 years a new permanent Wedgeworth School to replace the portables took a big step towards reality. The new school would house approximately 600 students, which is twice
the size of the present school. The plan is to select a developer to build the school in return for the right to build housing on the remaining portion. Wedgeworth is one of the
few schools in the area which has increased
enrollment, going from 230 to 295 in the last
2 years.

It is anticipated that YSC will also be a part of the new school.

Looking east towards Wedgeworth School. A new Wedgeworth School is
proposed to be built on the vacant lot in the foreground.
Community Events
Annual Taste of the Heights: Wednesday May 26 at 6 pm, Pathfinder Park in Rowland Heights. $10 entry
fee to sample food from area restaurants.

Memorial Day Concert - Sunday May 30 at 2 pm. Center court of Puente Hills Mall. Honoring
Sergeant Joe Getherall, Silver Star recipient and Vietnam War veteran. Free Admission.

42nd Annual Early California Days: June 4 to 6 at St John Vianney Church in Hacienda Heights

Concerts in The Park - 2010 Summer Schedule - all events start at 7 pm and end at 9. FREE ADMISSION
Schabarum Park, located at Azusa Avenue and Colima Road in Rowland Heights

July 6 - The Answer

July 13 - Elton the Early Years Group

July 20 - Mariachi Divas

July 27 - South Bound (Blues/Rock)

August 3 - Hot August Night (Neil Diamond Tribute)

August 10 - Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers

August 17 - Cold Duck

At the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana:

Target Free First Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM

Family Festival: Japanese Cherry Blossom 12:00PM - 3:30PM
Celebrate the beauty of Japan through traditional music and art. Enjoy the exciting beat of The Taiko Center of Los Angeles Ensemble directed by Rev. Tom Kurai. Come see a display and demonstration by the Kofu Bonsai Kai Club. Enjoy samples of mochi, a favorite rice treat, and special art projects for all.

Secrets of the Silk Road March 27 - July 25, 2010

Strikingly well-preserved mummies tall in stature and fair in complexion have lain in the parched Tarim Basin of western China for 3,800 years. Wearing Western-influenced textiles and possessing surprising technologies and customs, just who these extraordinary people were is a mystery! This historic exhibition of 150 objects drawn from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum and the Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology in Urumqi, China reveals surprising details about the people who lived along the ancient Silk Road. For the first time ever, three of the more than 100 Caucasian mummies found and preserved in the western China's inhospitable desert sands are being presented in the United States. An impressive array of objects are included in the exhibition to represent the full extent of the Silk Road, where lavish goods, technologies and ideas between East and West were adopted and exchange.

Please note that due to space limitations and safety concerns, only the first 1500 visitors will be allowed entrance to the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibit. (We have visited the Silk Road exhibit and it is indeed amazing and very educational. Best to tag along with one of the docent led groups for the students).

Free First Sunday admission and the Family Festival are made possible by Target and The Nicholas Endowment.

Dead Sea Scrolls at Azusa Pacific University. On display from now through July 16. The scroll fragments are the highlight of an exhibit on the history of printing, "The Treasures of the Bible."

The exhibit is an extension of what middle school students are learning now, including ancient civilization, medieval Europe up to the Renaissance period to the Pilgrims coming to America.

Tickets and information at



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
Use For Your Online Purchases

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The Youth Science Center is excited to announce its involvement as a Museum Partner with 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. 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!

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

Go to

Log in.


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

Please use 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 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.
Jelly Babies: We have a new supply of your favorite Jelly Babies. Priced at only $8 including tax.

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

HOT 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.

Insect BraceletsInsect Key Chain

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. During the summer session, the Center is open from 8:30 am to Noon, Monday through Friday.

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.

Circulation of this issue: 1,022

President and CEO: Ling-Ling Chang
YSC Board of Directors: Hacienda Heights Site Committe:
Chairman: Ron Chong Museum Director: Judy Chong
Vice-Chairman: Jeff Parriott 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
Kim Bach Vicky Soong Store Purchasing: Dorothy Chu and Vicky Soong
Jose Romo Ted Ebenkamp 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: June 15, 2010
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