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Special Summer Program Issue - Vol 46, Issue 3
Special Summer Program Issue - Vol 46, Issue 3
May 2008                                           Special Summer Program Issue
Vol 46, Issue 3

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Founded 1962


YSC  Summer Program signups are now underway.  Schedules were mailed out to last year's students on May 7.

Schedules will also be handed out at the YSC Day at Puente Hills Mall,
Saturday May 10, 1 to 4 in the Center Court.

Click on this link for a class description and downloadable registration form.

Signing up for a $50 family membership gives all kids in your family a $10 discount on every class taken.

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    P.O. Box 5723
    Hacienda Hts, CA 91745

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YSC Summer Science Program at Wedgeworth

This year's YSC summer science camp at Wedgeworth Elementary will be held June 23 - August 1.  Members receive the first mailing of the schedule and discounts for every class taken.   To receive a schedule when it is mailed in early May, please send your name and address to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it    To become a family member, send $50 by check payable to Youth Science Center, 16949 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights 91745.  Memberships are on an annual basis from the time of joining.

New classes this summer include:

Letry robot singleROBO-TRONICS, Class numbers 118 and 126.  A new robotics class this summer will use the LETry robot car for the first time.  In this class students learn electronics as they use solderless breadboard components to assemble the car.  The car will react to light, sound, light, heat and infrared, and can be used to travel through a maze.  Click this link
to see students using the program in Taiwan, where it was developed at Tungnan University.  These classes will be given in the morning the week of July 28 and will be taught by Lyle Majeska.

The kits, which retail for $50, will be taken home by students so they can continue working on advanced lessons after the class ends.  Don't miss out on this terrific opportunity!

Biodiesel LogoFUTURISTIC FUELS, Class number 112.  Middle school educator Paul Burns will lead students through the process of making biodiesel from vegetable oil using equipment obtained from Gabrielino High School's British Petroleum grant.  Students will learn about the chemistry involved and the uses of this non-petroleum based alternate fuel. The students will also study the need and uses of alternative fuels.  This double-length class will be given the week of July 21 for Grades 6 - 8.

VocabularyWORD WIZARDS, Class numbers 51 and 57.  Students will have a chance to develop their vocabulary skills in Word Wizards the week of July 7.  The Vocabulitis interactive program teaches students to learn the words by context and definition, and will prepare them for the standardized tests.  The effectiveness of the program is seen in the high 90 to 95% retention rate.  This class is also suitable for ESL and ESD students.   See the Project IQ/Vocabulitis article elsewhere in this newsletter.


COME JOIN OUR CIRCUS!  Class 1, 2, 25 and 26.  Whittier educator Pam Ehlers returns after several year's with a new class involving physics and the circus the week of June 23.   Pam is also a amateur clown and attended clown school.  This two-part class will cover many of the science concepts of balance and matter as it relates to the circus.  How do bareback riders and jugglers balance?  How do they make those balloon animals and keep that balloon from popping?  How is cotton candy made?   Learn these secrets and more in this fun-filled class!

Space Shuttle 2I NEED MY SPACE!  Class numbers 6, 12, 30, 35, 74 and 80.  Elementary educator Pam Leetsma is new to the YSC program, but she is certainly not new to space science.  Pam is totally in to space!!!  She is a Teacher-in-Space candidate and flew in a MIG-21 in 2005!  Students will do take-home activities involving robotics, microgravity,  astronomy, the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle.  The June 23 and June 30 classes will have different activities, so students may sign up for both classes.  The July 14 class will repeat some of the earlier activities.

Rocks in HandROCK CRUSHERS IN THE QUARRY.  Class numbers 15 and 38.  Whittier science specialist  Pat Smith will teach a new class on rocks the week of June 23.   Students will learn how rock is crushed for use in streets and building materials.  They will learn how construction engineers measure the sizes of rocks.  They will make a rock guide and make projects which show the difference between pebbles, gravel, sand and clay.  This class is aligned with the second grade Earth Science standards.

Food ChainWEBS IN THE OCEAN. Class number 129.  Hacienda science instructor Jennifer Collins will give an introduction to  the many food webs in the ocean.   Students will use microscopes to observe plankton and build an ocean food web diorama to takehome.
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!  A silent auction will be held at 6 pm and the dinner begins at 7 pm.
Tickets are $100 and table sponsorships are available.   Contact the YSC at 626 854-9825 for more information.

Guest speaker will be artist/lecturer Chris Butler of the Griffith Planetarium.   Chris will  present his own artwork in Imagine: Reality in a lively talk on dinosaurs!
RealityChris Butler's science art has tackled many challenges, from portraying the long-extinct dinosaurs to showing us what astronomers expect we would find on alien planets. Chris presents the best of his internationally published art, taking you behind the scenes to examine the mysteries and method that take us on the journey from imagination to reality. 
YSC and Community Events

YSC Science Day at Puente Hills Mall.   Saturday, May 10, 1 to 4 pm.  The YSC will have hands-on activities for the kids and the new digital Starlab portable planetarium will have continuous showings.  Take home a free superworm habitat.  The summer schedule will be available for distribution.   Free admission.   Members of the Rowland High School Interact Club will help at the event.   Location will be in the Center Court at Puente Hills Mall, Azusa Avenue and Colima Road in the City of Industry.

Reptile & Amphibian Exhibit.  Saturday, May 10, 10 am to 4 pm.  Eaton Canyon Nature Center.  Rattlesnakes, gila monsters, tortoises, monitors, iguanas and more.  Free Admission.  1750 Altadena Drive in Pasadena.

48th Agricultural District Science Fair.

Presented by the 48th District Agricultural Association, students and teachers in pre-K through high school demonstrate what was learned about agriculture through individual and classroom projects. See beneficial insects/worms, terrariums, hydroponics, horticulture, science projects, bread-making, bird-houses, scarecrows, decorated sawhorses, quilts, quilt blocks, posters, paintings, crafts, trout in the classroom and school garden projects.

 Awards ceremony will be held at 3 pm in Building #10 of the Pomona Fairplex.  A spelling bee will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 10 am to 5 pm.  Paid parking at Gate 7 off White Avenue.  The fair will be held from 9 to 5 on May 14 and 15, 9 to 8 on May 16 and 9 to 5 on May 17.

22nd Annual Bug Fair
At the Los Angeles Natural History Museum in Exposition Park.  May 17 and 18, 10 am to 5 pm.   Insect trainer Steve Kutcher will be on hand to show off his latest insect art creations.
Click here for a description.  

5th Annual Taste of the Heights.  Wednesday, May 21,  5 to 8:30 pm at Pathfinder Park in Rowland Heights. Food and Entertainment for only $10 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.  Call the YSC for tickets -- we can mail them to you.  Tickets are $12 at the door.
The park is located on Pathfinder Road just east of Fullerton Road in Rowland Heights.



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.   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                                     Secretary: Carla Neiswender
Treasurer:  William Yuen                                        Summer Director: Phyllis Vandeventer
Secretary:  Walt Clark                                            Summer Registration: Carla Neiswender
                                                                             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                      Manuel Serrano           Member at Large: Rolin Soong, Mariann Hess, Edy Au
Kim Bach                             Mary Tang                   Store Purchasing: Dorothy Chu and Vicky Soong
Jose Romo                           Vicky Soong                 Grant Writing: Teri Malkin
Tracy Chen                          William Yuen                Antenna Editor: Ron Chong
                                                                             Chair, Executive Comm.: Manuel Serrano
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