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Spring 2010, Vol 48, Issue 2
Spring 2010, Vol 48, Issue 2

     Spring  2010                                                                                                                      
Vol 48, Issue 2

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

 Letter from the President/CEO

Dear Friends of the Youth Science Center:


Happy Spring!


Given the current state of the economy and the budget cuts in education, it is imperative that we get the word out about the great programs at the Youth Science Center.  Our program is not being funded by the government but from supporters like you, which allows us to continue to run high-quality programs at a low cost.  Support for science and educational non-profits like the Youth Science Center is absolutely vital, as we provide the supplemental educational opportunities for young and curious minds. 


Get ready for our famous Summer Program!  We are currently revamping our Summer Program Class Schedule.  We will be revealing the new program in the next few weeks.  Be on the lookout for the new schedules in your mailboxes or at your child's school!


We are also prepping for our Annual Gala.  Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or supporting the YSC.


As always, my door is always open.  Thank you for your continuing support.


Many thanks,

Ling-Ling Chang

President & CEO

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In This Issue
YSC Donations
Water Education Programs
Connect a Million Minds
Middle School Test Scores
Science Olympiad 2010
Sleep and Your Child
Migrant Ed Program
Jaime Escalante
Starlab Programs
Community Events
48th Ag District News
Shop for Museums
YSC Tee-Shirts
YSC Officers and Board Members Nominated

  At the February 22nd YSC Board meeting the following were nominated for 1 year terms:

    Chairman         Ron Chong
    Vice-Chairman  Jeff Parriott
    Secretary         Walter Clark
    Treasurer          William Yuen

  Nominated for 3-year board terms:

     Kim Bach, Patricia Smith, Leon Garcia and William Yuen

   Nominated for a 2-year board term is a new board member, Ted Ebenkamp.  Ted is on the board
of the Walnut Valley Water District and worked in the field of nuclear pharmacology at USC.

   Officers and board members will be confirmed at the April 26 board meeting at 7 pm at Wedgeworth School.
Summer Science Camp for 2010
  The 2010 summer science camp will run from June 21 to July 30 at Wedgeworth Elementary School.

 This year's program schedule departs from its traditional format by going to a colorful 12 page booklet
 which will include pictures and be easier to read.

 Last year's students will get a printed program in the mail. New parents can get one mailed to them when the schedule is released in May by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with your postal address.

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

  Time Warner Cable is also producing a public service announcement to help promote the YSC summer program. These
30-second spots will be broadcast on selected TWC cable channels in May.


The YSC water education outreach program for public and private school 5th grade
classes continued with classes at Fairgrove, California, Palm and Wedgeworth
schools in January.

 Since the program began in May 2008, over 1000 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 20-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. 

 Below: Students do colorimetric testing for chlorine in water samples at Wedgeworth Elementary. 

Project WET                                     Lesson 3
YSC Partners With Connect a Million Minds
Connect a Million

In November 2009, Time Warner Cable launched Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), a philanthropic commitment of $100 million cash and in-kind donations. This five-year program was designed to inspire students to pursue learning opportunities and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Time Warner Cable announced its commitment to STEM in conjunction with the White House's announcement of Educate to Innovate, President Obama's plan for improving STEM opportunities for U.S. students. In his statement, President Obama highlighted the importance of public and private partnerships in addressing STEM readiness in American students, and singled out Time Warner Cable as a leader in the STEM space with its Connect a Million Minds program.

Why STEM? According to national experts, the next generation of youth in the United States is not prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century.

Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills. However, today's students show declining interest in these subjects, with eighty-four percent of middle school students saying they would rather clean their room, eat their vegetables, go to the dentist or take out the garbage than learn math or science.

There's clearly an immediate need for youth to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math. A failure to do so puts our country, our communities and our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. America is at risk of losing its leadership in technology and innovation as baby boomer retirements deplete the science and technology workforce by fifty percent over the next decade.

Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds introduces youth to opportunities and resources that inspire them to develop the important science, technology, engineering and math skills they need to solve the economic, environmental and community challenges of the future.

Technology and innovation are central to our company's ability to connect millions of people to the entertainment they want, the information they depend on and the people they care about most. As a result, Time Warner Cable's new philanthropic initiative creates a powerful link between the full strength of our company and the talents of our employees with the needs of students and, ultimately, our country.

The Youth Science Center is launching a series of afterschool STEM classes with the support of a $12,000 donation from Time Warner Cable.  20 classes will be taught in this program.  The classes are basic electronics, model rocketry, Lego robotics, flight and podcasting.   The first classes to be scheduled will be done this spring at Del Valle Elementary, Workman Elementary and Villacorta Elementary, all in La Puente.  Classes will continue into the next school  year.

Geo Lightholder Del Valle 2010

 April 15, 2010:  George Lightholder assists students in making paper airplanes at Del Valle Elementary as part

  of the Time Warner Cable program.

What Makes Middle Schools Produce Good Student Test Scores
  By Amanda Paulson, Christian Science Monitor / February 24, 2010

Forget the oft-debated issue of whether middle-schoolers are better off in a separate school or in a K-8 environment.

The real things that improve their test scores have more to do with educational practices than school structure, according to a major new study that examined middle grades in California.

The study, conducted by researchers at EdSource and Stanford University in California tried to get at the question of why some schools do so much better than others, despite similar student populations. And its findings reinforce some of the educational priorities of the Obama administration, which is pushing to make "college- and career-ready" standards the new hot item, and is advocating a much greater emphasis on teacher accountability and improved student performance.

"If you're not on a college-ready track by 9th grade, your chances of getting on one are very low," says Michael Kirst, an education professor at Stanford and a principal investigator on the study. "A strong theme here that comes out is the importance, at the middle-grades level, of early intervention and getting students back on track as soon as possible."

Researchers looked at the concrete practices of more than 300 schools, some serving middle-income students and some serving lower-income students, to determine which ones led to higher test scores. They found a clear correlation between student performance and a school-wide focus on achievement, an emphasis on long-term educational success, a willingness to set measurable goals and evaluate educators based on student performance, and curriculum that's aligned with high standards, among other practices.

On the other hand, they found no difference based on how schools were structured - grade configurations or trendy organizational philosophies such as advisory periods, small learning communities, or interdisciplinary classrooms.

"There's been endless debate about middle-grade structures," says Robert Balfanz, co-director of The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and of the Talent Development Middle and High School Project. Often, he says, educators believe a charismatic principal or intense instructional strategies are the only things that can raise the test scores for schools with poorer students. "This shows that these can be enablers, but in themselves they don't change the world -- Unless you use them to put good practices in place, you're not going to get big gains."

So what are the practices that help? Using data and setting strong goals.

Holding adults accountable. Communicating with parents and expecting them to participate. Aligning instruction with state standards. Identifying at-risk students early and intervening to get them back on track.

When it comes to federal policy priorities, the findings underscore the importance of keeping the end goal of "college- or career-ready" in mind, as well the emphasis on good data systems and making student performance central to teacher and principal evaluations. But Professor Balfanz worries that too often the turnaround strategies promoted by federal policy emphasize dramatic structural changes such as replacing most of a school's staff, without changing the more fundamental practices.

Professor Kirst and other researchers say that their findings are, in many ways, a cause for optimism: The demographics of a school don't have to dictate its performance, and fairly simple changes in practices seem likely to improve test scores for poor children as well as middle-class ones.

"The things that tended to work, worked across [income lines]," says Kirst.

"It's really not at all hopeless."

Science Olympiad 2010
Congratulations to all who participated in this year's regional Science Olympiad which
was held at CalState LA on May 6.  The Olympiad was the largest of its kind in the US
with a record 48 schools entering teams in the elementary division.   The results
for area schools:              

                         GOLD MEDAL                  Score
                         Ybarra (Rowland)               535
                         Mesa Robles                       530
                         Los Altos                            495

                        SILVER MEDAL
                        Baldwin                              470
                        Valinda                               465
                        Wedgeworth                       460
                        Workman                            455
                        Los Molinos                         440
                        Glen Elder                          435

                         BRONZE MEDAL
                         Lassalette                          405
                         Bixby                                 395

WW Science Olympiad 2010
                            Wedgeworth School Science Olympiad Team Showing Silver Medals
How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?
Five facts every parent should know about kids and sleep deprivation.
By Veronica Peterson

Ballet and soccer and tutoring - oh my! Never have our children been so scheduled and, as a result, just plain fatigued. A poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that more than 60% of U.S. children ages 5 to 17 feel tired at some point during the school day and that one in four feel tired most of the time. While sleep deprivation often gets chalked up to the hectic pace of modern life, it can take a serious toll on kids' health - and grades. Check out the latest facts from the sleep laboratories, and help your child succeed.

1. Sleep makes you smarter

"Any amount of sleep deprivation will diminish mental performance," says Mark Mahowald, a professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. "Just suffering through one sleepless night has been shown to have similar effects as having a legally intoxicating blood alcohol level, making it nearly impossible to pay attention in class let alone retain any information."

A study following Ivy League-bound students found that an overwhelming majority stuck to a fairly strict sleep schedule throughout their high school years. "Your brain is able to function at its optimum potential when not having to compensate for lack of sleep," says Mahowald.

2. Even an hour makes a difference

"Just one more game - pleeeeease, Mom!" With his cute little face, it's all too easy to give in to your child's pleading, but sticking to a schedule is the first step in helping him do better in school. A 2003 study by the University of Tel Aviv found that children's ability to learn was severely impaired by forgoing even the smallest amount of shuteye. Researchers discovered that adding just one hour of sleep to the test children's schedule improved their attention and memory span by almost two grade levels

    See the entire article by clicking here.
Pam Leestma On the Hour of Power
Pam Leestma on Winning the American Stars of Teaching Award
Pam Leestma

March 21, 2010:  Pam Leestma, a second grade teacher from Valley Christian Elementary school in Bellflower, California had a dream to inspire her students by bringing the world of outer space into the classroom. Her dream became a reality when she secured a NASA first - a coast-to-coast in-flight educational downlink with the international space station. It was a 20 minute live, cutting edge event which allowed children from the east and west coasts to ask questions simultaneously to the in-flight United States Expedition 17 with astronaut Garrett Reisman. This ground breaking educational event resulted in Pam Leestma receiving the National Award of the "American Stars of Teaching."

This interview was recorded at the Crystal Cathedral in front of a Sunday audience.  It was a huge thrill for Pam.   She was interviewed by  Sheila Schuller Coleman, daughter of the Reverend Robert Schuller.   For the interview, click on this link.

Pam returns to the YSC summer camp with her space science class, "I Need My Space."   Make sure your kids take advantage of this great learning opportunity!

Saturday Science Program In Full Swing
  The YSC Saturday Science Program is midway through the series.  This month featured classes on Frogs, Flight and the Human Body for Grades K - 8  for students in the Migrant Education Program.   The program is for students in the Migrant Education Program.   The program is funded by
an $18,000 grant from the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).  Classes are held at Rio Vista Elementary in Pico Rivera.

Migrant Ed Jose

   Jose Pina assists students to assemble tube airplanes.

Migrant Ed Flight

  Jose Pina and Nadia Corona (white shirt) show students how to throw their tube airplanes.  Both are
Hacienda La Puente instructors.
Jaime Escalante   Remembering Jaime Escalante
  We had the opportunity to hear Jaime Escalante speak at an assembly at Nogales High School.  He had a
tremendous impact on the AP calculus students at Garfield High School and will be remembered as a
great math teacher.  Escalante died on March 30.

The following is from the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education in Pasadena:

A native of La Paz, Bolivia, and the son of two elementary-school teachers, Jaime Escalante came to America in 1963 at age 33. Although he was already an accomplished and popular science and mathematics teacher in Bolivia, he spoke almost no English and had to return to school to become a certified teacher in California.

He worked at a series of jobs as he studied, from a restaurant to a computer company, and in 1974 attained his goal. Arriving at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, he encountered a culture of low expectations, gang activity and administrative apathy.

His success in overcoming these odds and in enabling "unteachable" students to master advanced mathematics made him a national and international hero. The 1988 movie about his Garfield AP Calculus program, Stand and Deliver, remains one of the most popular and beloved films ever made about the teaching profession.

His career has been celebrated in a number of books, most notably Escalante: The Best Teacher in America (1989), by Washington Post writer Jay Mathews. He became a presence in classrooms throughout the U.S. - and the world - through the PBS series FUTURES with Jaime Escalante. One of the most popular classroom programs in the history of public broadcasting, FUTURES combined examples of Escalante's teaching style with his purpose to help his students discover rewarding careers in math and science.

"Jaime exposed one of the most dangerous myths of our time - that inner city students can't be expected to perform at the highest levels," said Edward James Olmos, who played Escalante in Stand and Deliver. "Because of him, that destructive idea has been shattered forever. This is a legacy that changed American education, and I will work to ensure that it continues long into the future."

"Jaime's greatest gift not only to me but to anyone taught by him or who saw Stand and Deliver is that no matter who you are or where you came from you can achieve anything," said actress Vanessa Marquez, who played a student in the film. "It is no surprise that after meeting him I aced all of my math classes in college and I have used what I learned from him for the past 23 years. He will always be a part of my life."

Services for Escalante are scheduled for 11 a.m. at East Los Angeles College on April 17, 2010.


Judy Dominguez Battles Back Against Cancer
  Last December our superstar astronomy teacher Judy Dominguez learned that she had breast cancer.   After surgery,
she has been undergoing a series of chemotherapy treatments.  This has not deterred her from doing what
she loves most -- teaching astronomy with the Starlab planetarium.

 After a seven month break, Judy resumed her Starlab program with a series of presentations for 6 third grade
classes at Baldwin Academy in La Puente on April 14.

 The students were in awe as she took them on a tour of the solar system, stars in the universe, the constellations,
 and a dramatic fly by around the moon.

 The Starlab programs are made possible by a grant from State Farm Insurance.

Judy Dominguez with helpers George Ennis and A. Einstein at Baldwin Academy

Judy                                                 Dominguez Apr 2010

Shelyn School Lifts Off To Model Rocketry
  GATE students from Shelyn Elementary in Rowland Heights participated in a model rocketry class
led by Lyle Majeska. After learning about the principles of flight and assembling an Estes model
rocket kit, the students tested their rockets in a launch on April 15th.  Students from La Puente
High School assisted with the launch.

Sunset Elem Starlab

 Shelyn students readying their model rockets for launching

shelyn launch 2010

  We have Liftoff! Rocket #1 is caught leaving the launch rack
YSC Activities and Announcements

  Sunset Elem StarlabThe YSC received a $5,000 award from US Bank for general support on March 25. US Bank has continued to be one of our key partners.  YSC volunteer grant writer Teri Malkin was the principal author. US Bank has a branch office on Hacienda Boulevard in the Von's Shopping Center and an in-store branch (formerly Downey Savings) in the Albertson's on Colima Road in Hacienda Heights.

PHM Check
  Puente Hills Mall Marketing Manager Carolyn Ramirez presents Ron Chong a check for $5,000
on March 5. The YSC won the mall's "Magical Season of Giving" shopping contest in December.
Our thanks to all of the parents and supporters who made purchases at the mall and had them
validated at this booth.

 Saturday, May 8. YSC Day at Puente Hills Mall
.  Join us for another fun day at Puente Hills Mall.  The YSC will be teaming up with the Wedgeworth School PTA to conduct hands-on
activities for the kids.  From 1 to 4 pm in the Center Court.

PHM 2009

 Above: 2009 YSC Day at Puente Hills Mall

YSC President Ling Ling Chang has been appointed to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  She was elected to the Diamond Bar City Council in 2009. She is also a member of the California State Polytechnic University Pomona-Partners in Education foundation.

Calculus:  Change We Can Believe In
partial derivateThe passing of Jaime Escalante brings calculus to mind. If you haven't thought
about derivatives and calculus lately, here is an insightful article from the NY Times.

April 11, 2010, 5:00 pm

Change We Can Believe In

Long before I knew what calculus was, I sensed there was something special about it.  My dad had spoken about it in reverential tones. He hadn't been able to go to college, being a child of the Depression, but somewhere along the line, maybe during his time in the South Pacific repairing B-24 bomber engines, he'd gotten a feel for what calculus could do.  Imagine a mechanically controlled bank of anti-aircraft guns automatically firing at an incoming fighter plane.  Calculus, he supposed, could be used to tell the guns where to aim.

Every year about a million American students take calculus.  But far fewer really understand what the subject is about or could tell you why they were learning it.  It's not their fault.  There are so many techniques to master and so many new ideas to absorb that the overall framework is easy to miss.

Calculus is the mathematics of change.  It describes everything from the spread of epidemics to the zigs and zags of a well-thrown curveball.  The subject is gargantuan - and so are its textbooks.  Many exceed 1,000 pages and work nicely as doorstops.

For the complete article from the Times, click here.
"For MEAT LOVERS.  2X the size of regular hot dogs,"  announces the Hebrew National Quarter Pound
Beef Franks label.  Nathan's sells similar-size Dinner Beef Franks.

Just what we need:  bigger hot dogs.

When it comes to franks, Hebrew National has a wholesome reputation.  The company says
that its dogs are "made with premium cuts of kosher beef" with"no fillers, no by products,
no artificial flavors, and no artificial colors."  Unfortunately, they're also made with fatty,
salty meat. 

Each quarter-pound Hebrew National Frank delivers 360 calories and 13 grams of saturated
fat plus 1.5 grams of trans fat.  That's three-quarters of a day's artery goop in one convenient
package.  (the trans occurs naturally in the beef, but natural trans appears to raise bad
cholesterol as much as man-made trans does.)

And each frank's sodium (from salt, sodium lactate, sodium diacetate, sodium erthyorbate,
and sodium nitrite) reaches 1,070 milligrams -- about two-thirds of a day's worth before
you add a bun, relish, or mustard.

Oh yeah.   People who eat more processed meats (hot dogs, bacon, sausage, ham) have
a higher risk of diabetes and colon and prostate cancer, possibly because of sodium nitrite,
a preservative that's added to processed meat.

Franks are fun.  People eat them at ballparks, amusement parks, and backyard barbecues.

But once you consider your risk of heat attack, stroke, cancer and diabetes, ordinary
hot dogs are already too big.

Bigger isn't always better.

Hebrew National:  (866) 432-6281     Nathan's:  (800) 238-0020

Source:  Nutrition Action Healthletter: January/February 2010, p. 16.

Whole Grain Cheez-Its:  Is There A Grain of Truth in Claims?
  "Made with 5g of WHOLE GRAIN per serving," shouts the Cheez-It Cracker Box. That must be part
of sunshine's plan to make its crackers look healthy.  But 5 grams of whole grain doesn't mean
much when most of each 30-gram serving of 27 crackers is ordinary refined white fluor.

Of course, few people know whether 5 grams (0.176 ounce!) of whole grain matter.  That's probably what Sunshine was banking on.  Just sprinkle on a bit of whole grain and creat a "NEW!" Cheez-It.

Kellogg (which makes Sunshine Cheez-Its) also sells Krispy Wheat Saltines.  Each serving
(5 crackers) has less than 2 grams of whole grain.  Why are we not surprised?

Source:  Nutrition Action Healthletter, March 2010, p. 15.
Community Events

Earth Day 2010 at the LA County Sanitation District Office

Join us on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for Earth Day 2010! This is a free community-wide event that seeks to promote environmental awareness and education for the whole family. The event features educational booths, interactive workshops, arts and crafts, activities for children, music, and much more. Learn what you can do to conserve and protect the environment!  Stop by and visit the YSC booth!

Earth Day 2010 will be held at the Sanitation Districts Joint Administration Office Parking Lot, located at 1955 Workman Mill Road in Whittier. Event parking will be located at 13181/13191 Crossroads Parkway North. Shuttle service will be provided.

Spring Festival at Schabarum Park.  Saturday, April 17, 10 am to 2 pm.  Dance groups will perform and signups for dance
lessons will be taken.  Show  off your singing ability at the Karaoke session!    Free admission.  Auto parking is $6
or walk in for free.

Saturday, April 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
The city is hosting its annual birthday party from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. April 17 at Pantera Park, 738 Pantera Dr.   Festivities are scheduled to include international food and games such as tug-of-war, three-legged race and a watermelon-eating contest. A classic car show is also scheduled. Free cake is expected. Free off-site parking is available at Pantera Elementary School and surrounding neighborhood. Free shuttle service from those locations begins at 11:30 a.m. The carnival rides will continue until 6 p.m.  Admission to the event is free.

WC                                     Earth Day 
La-Habra Earthday Celebration.  Saturday April 24, 8 a.m. to Noon.  El Centro-Lions Park.  Tree seedlings will
be given to La Habra residents.

Victorian Fair at the Homestead Museum. May 1 and 2, 1 to 5 pm. Free Admission. Get a feel for what life was
like in the Victorian Era (1837 - 1901). Music, dance and special exhibits. See the vintage high-wheel bicycles
and learn how to construct bouquets that convey a variety of messages. There will also be food for purchase
and crafter booths.
RIBFEST 2010-- Tenth Annual Scholarship Dinner and Miss 4th of July Pageant. An All-You-Can-Eat BBQ of Beef & Pork Ribs. BBQ Chicken also served.  Silent Auction and drawing for Samsung 50" Plasma TV. Sunday, May 2nd at the Industry Hills Expo Center Pavillion from 5 to 9 pm. Tickets are $30 per person, or contact David Malkin at (626) 833-3444.  Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Hacienda Heights.

At the Royal Vista Country Club, 20055 East Colima Road in Walnut.  Guest speakers, live entertainment,
silent auction and raffle prizes. Calling all former Wedgeworth students and families! Tickets are only $20
each for Wedgeworth parents and alumni. Business sponsorships are welcome. For more information send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

         Wednesday May 26 Taste of the Heights - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                  Pathfinder Park
               18150 E. Pathfinder Road
              Rowland Heights
                  Early bird tickets:  Adults $10, Children $5
                  For tickets/information contact Lynne Ebenkamp (909)594-0429 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

2nd Mem Day at PHM

At The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana:
TARGET FREE FIRST SUNDAY: Japanese Cherry Blossom Family Festival,
Sunday May 2nd

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 exchanged.

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.

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


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
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.

This year's fair, "From Seed To Supper"  will be held Tuesday April 20 through Saturday April 24, 2010 at the Pomona Fairplex, Building 10.

Purpose of the Fair: the fair is an agricultural educational fair featuring thousands of individual and classroom entries from hundreds of schools in the greater Los Angeles basin. Exhibits/projects include art, photography, beneficial insects and worms, birdhouses, crafts, horticulture, hydroponics, mission models, paintings, posters, quilts, quilt blocks, sawhorses, scarecrows, school garden projects,science projects, terrariums and trout-in-the-classroom projects.

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 newsletters can be downloaded from their website at

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

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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.

  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 3:00 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. 
Offer Expires:  June 1, 2010
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