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November 2009, Vol 47, Issue 6
November 2009, Vol 47, Issue 6
Vol 47, Issue 6

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Founded 1962

YSC in Puente Hills Mall Shopping Contest

"Magical Season of Giving"

The Youth Science Center is participating in the Puente Hills Mall shopping contest which runs
from November 21 through December 21. If you shop at the mall, bring your store receipts to
the Customer Service booth and have them credited to the YOUTH SCIENCE CENTER. If you
purchase a Visa Gift Card (it can be used
anywhere) we will get TRIPLE POINTS. There
is no limit to how many gift cards you buy, but purchasers are limited to one a day per credit card.
Maximum purchase per gift card is $500. There is a $2 fee per gift card.

We need you to get out to the Puente Hills Mall and do your Chrstmas shopping and buy some
Visa Gift Cards. Monday and Wednesdays are double point days, so your purchases count for
twice as much.

Please tell your friends and neighbors.

YSC 25th Anniversary Dinner November 6th

KNBC Weatherman Fritz Coleman was the master of ceremonies for the YSC's 25th Anniversary Dinner at Pacific Palms on November 6. Fritz was in fine form as he entertained the crowd of 240 attendees. Congratulations to our honorees Valley Vista Services, Wedgeworth Elementary, Peter Vandeventer and Patricia Smith.

Ling Eng 2009 Dinner

Assemblyman Mike Eng presenting State Assembly Proclamation to YSC CEO/President
Ling-Ling Chang

Wedgeworth and Fritz

Fritz Coleman enjoys a Kodak moment with Wedgeworth teachers Cerina Yuen, Kaitlin Tang, Michelle Wang and Charlotte Morita.

Honorees at the dinner were Wedgeworth School (Community Partner), Valley Vista Services (Community Philanthropy), Peter Vandeventer (Alumni Award) and Patricia Smith (Teacher of the Year)

Our sincere thanks to the following dinner table sponsors:

Gold Sponsor

Quemetco, Inc.

Silver Sponsor

Valley Vista Services

Bronze Sponsors

Hon. Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th District

Louis and Patricia Smith

Community Sponsors

Baxco Pharmaceutical

Bentley Prince Street

Mark Brownstein/Warmel Corp/McDonald's

Hon. Ling-Ling Chang

Ron and Judy Chong

Industry Manufacturers Council

Integra Golf - Trophy Sports

Malcolm Pirnie, Inc

Mount San Antonio College

Pomona Unified School District

Sempra Energy

Southern California Edison

Willdan Financial

Hon. Andrew Wong


2009 Donors

25th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Gala

Youth Science Center


300 Pasadena Bowllng

Jay Chen

Ron and Judy Chong



Dunn Wright Electrical

Ted and Lynne Ebenkamp

East West Bank Corporation


Improv Comedy Plus

In-n-Out Burgers

Carol Kwan

Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles County Fire Station 118

David & Teri Malkin

Mijares Mexican Restaurant

Carol Neideffer

Pacific Palms

Rick's Drive In & Out

Romano's Macaroni Grill

Sanrio Inc.

See's Candy

Southwest Airlines

Speed Zone

Joseph Spencer

Trader Joe's

SWA Congratulations to YSC astronomy instructor Judy Dominguez for being this year's Southwest Airllines raffle drawing winner. She and husband Aaron are planning on using the tickets to fly to Cape
Kennedy next summer to witness a space shuttle launch.

Below: Fritz Coleman congratulates Judy Dominguez on being the lucky winner.


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In This Issue
Annual Dinner Nov 6
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Water Education Programs
YSC Donations
Grant Awards
Satuday Science Classes
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48th Ag District News
YSC Couple Receives Founder's Award
2009 dinner chongs

Ron and Judy Chong received a YSC Founder's award from President Ling-Ling Chang in honor
of the YSC's 25th Anniversary at Pacific Palms on November 6.
Wedgeworth School Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Wedgeworth School will celebrate its 40th Anniversary together with the 2nd Annual Winter Festival on
November 21st. Fritz Coleman will announce the event at about 5:45 pm on Thursday, November 19
on KNBC Channel 4. Tell all your friends to tune in!

A special anniversary program will take place at 2 pm. Everyone, including former Wedgeworth students, is invited
to attend. There will be real snow, clown balloons, games and dance performances. Admission is $5
on November 21st.

WW Winter Festival


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

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

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

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

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Please send your tax-deductible check in any amount to:

Youth Science Center
16949 Wedgeworth Drive
Hacienda Hts, CA 91745

YSC Receives State Farm Grant
The YSC announced that it will receive a $1,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to continue its
Starlab presentations as part of the State Farm es Para Mi program. This is the second such award received by
the YSC and targets schools in the Hispanic community as a means of getting the kids interested in astronomy
and doing better in school. YSC sponsor for this award is Cindy Delgado Wheeler, agent and manager of
the La Puente State Farm office located at 13919 1/2 Amar Road.

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 students will be divided into 3 classes and will meet for 3 hours for 20 Saturdays starting November 20. 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 that everything
running smoothly. The teachers being used are from our summer programs. The program is administered by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

NASA Moonshot Finds Water
Last month the YSC's Starlab did a program at Northrop in celebration of the
LCROSS moon shot on October 9. Analysis of the dust plume kicked up by
the probe showed significant amounts of water present. For the NYTimes
story, click here.
YSC Activities and Announcements
YSC Advisory Board members winning school board elections were Rudy Chavarria (Hacienda La Puente USD),
Ed Chau (Montebello USD) and Andrew Wong (Pomona USD). YSC Community Partner honoree Dr. David Hall was re-elected to the MSAC
board of trustees.

Arcadia Water Festival Generates Student Interest in Water Conservation

The YSC brought its animals and hands-on water bracelet project to the Arcadia Water Festival
on October 17. 3,000 people attended this popular event hosted by the Upper San Gabriel Valley
Municipal Water District.

water fest 2009

Alverno High School volunteer assist Jason Smith with some water toys

Water Fest 2009 Image 2

Judy Chong and Patricia Smith show students how to make a water bracelet

water fest 3

Volunteers setting up the YSC exhibit table at the Arcadia Water Festival

water fest 2009 image 4

Fearless students holding a rosy boa on the left and a ball python

Photos courtesy of Nikki Jee, UC Irvine Anthology Yearbook-in-Chief

Enter 2010 Entertainment Books for 2010 Available
Last call for the 2010 editions of the Entertainment Books. We have the San Gabriel Valley ($25),
Los Angeles ($30), San Fernando Valley ($25), 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.
Community Events

A Southern California Christmas. Sunday, December 13 1 to 5 pm. Celebrate a century of southern
California Christmas traditions at the Homestead Museum, 15415 E. Don Julian Road in the City of
Industry. See a marionette show by the legendary Bob Barker! Have a visit with Santa Claus. Family activities and demonstrations. 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 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 online newsletter for July-August can be viewed here.

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

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 Inkjet Cartridges to the YSC
Ink Jet Generic
Please drop off your used inkjet 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: 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.



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

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Visiting the Hacienda Heights Youth Science Center
The Youth Science Center operates a hands-on science center in Hacienda Heights in Room 8 of Wedgeworth Elementary School. (Map) Since 1984, visitors have enjoyed our free-of-charge science center.
The Youth Science Center is open Tuesday and Friday from 12:00 P.M. to 3:45 P.M., and Saturday from 11:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M during the 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.
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