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Summer 2009 Issue, Volume 47, Issue 4
Summer 2009, Volume 47, Issue 4
Summer 2009
Vol 47, Issue 4

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

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Letter from the President/CEO
 
Dear Friends of the Youth Science Center:

Happy Summer!

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.


An update on our projects:

Southern California Edison has awarded the Youth Science Center a grant of $10,000!
This is the 4th year we've been awarded a grant from SCE. Thank you, Southern California Edison!

A reminder about our 25th Anniversary Dinner: We have confirmed Fritz Coleman,
weathercaster from KNBC as our MC at our 25th Anniversary Gala! It is not to be missed! We are currently
planning for our annual gala; please let us know if you are interested in getting involved.

Our Facilities Committee will be convening this year to discuss future plans for the
Youth Science Center.

The Magical World of Water 5th grade program is important now, more than ever, given the
water crisis. We are working closely with our sponsors, the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water
District and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to provide water education classes at no cost
to the school. Please let us know if your school is interested!

Our summer program has kicked into high gear. Please visit http://www.youthsciencecenter.org
for more information or to sign-up. Spots are filling up quickly!


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





YSC Receives State Farm Grant

The YSC received a $1,000 State Farm es Para Mi grant on May 22nd. The funds will be
used to give Starlab astronomy presentations to schools in Hispanic communities.
The first school to benefit from the program was Sunset Elementary in
La Puente. The grant, one of 200 awarded nationally, is part of an effort by
State Farm to reach out to Hispanic youth by keeping them in school and lowering
the dropout rate, which right now is about 50%.

Sunset Elem Starlab

Pictured above, left to right: Instructor Judy Dominguez, Ron Chong (YSC Chair), Ling-Ling Chang (YSC CEO and President),
Cindy Wheeler (State Farm sponsoring agent), Louie Lujan (Mayor of La Puente) and
Dr. Joseph Chang (Hacienda-La Puente School Board President)

Louie Lujan with Judy

Mayor Lujan presents Judy Dominguez with a La Puente commendation for excellence in astronomy education while
a Sunset 3rd grader looks on approvingly.
YSC 25th Anniversary Dinner November 6th
Mark your calendar for November 6 and help celebrate the YSC's 25th anniversary of operation at
Wedgeworth School with a gala dinner and awards ceremony at Pacific Palms Conference Resort in
the City of Industry! The event will start at 6 pm with a silent auction and social hour and the
dinner will begin at 7 pm.

Master of ceremonies will be Emmy Winner Fritz Coleman, popular weather man for KNBC. Fritz

Honorees at the dinner will be Wedgeworth School (Community Partner), Majestic Realty Foundation(Community Philanthropy), Peter Vandventer (Alumni Award)

and Patricia Smith (Teacher of the Year).




SWA Southwest Airlines is again donating 2 round-trip tickets to any place
on their continental route map. Tickets are $5 each of 5 for only $20. The drawing will be held November 6, 2009
at the YSC's annual dinner at Pacific Palms. The winner need not be present. Drawing tickets are available now for
purchase at the YSC office in Room 8 at Wedgeworth School. You may also purchase tickets by mail --
send in your name and address along with a check to YSC SWA Ticket Drawing, 16949 Wedgeworth Drive,
Hacienda Hts, CA 91745. The tickets are valid through November 6, 2010.
To Infinity and Beyond: Starlab Brings Outer Space to Sunset School

La Puente students explore space in Starlab from Youth Science Center in Hacienda Heights

By Claudia S. Palma, Staff Writer
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Going where no Sunset Elementary children have gone before, students from Adrienne Nguyen's third-grade class took a trip to space on Friday, May 22.

They explored the Milky Way solar system, the planets, the sun and stars and even took a quick fly around the moon ... all without leaving their La Puente campus the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.

Thanks to a grant from State Farm Insurance to the Youth Science Center (YSC) in Hacienda Heights, more schools in the community will have the chance to experience the center's Starlab Portable Planetarium just as Sunset students did.

"My favorite part was when we passed by the moon," said a smiling Francisco Ortega.

Cindy Wheeler, local State Farm representative,

Third-grade students enter the Starlab dome to take part in a digital presentation by the Youth Science Center at Sunset Elementary School in La Puente on May 22. (James Carbone / Correspondent)
presented the check to the YSC on Friday.

"(State Farm) felt this was a great cause," she added.

The inflatable black dome is equipped with a digital projector inside that gives students an up-close view of the infinite sky and all its wonders.

The $1,000 "Es Para Mi" grant from State Farm is designated specifically for the Starlab, noted YSC founder and Chairman Ron Chong.

"We are trying to (help) the Hispanic community," he said, "and targeting at-risk students to get them more interested in school and science."

La Puente Mayor Louie A. Lujan was also on hand to present a proclamation to Dominguez for her dedication to the YSC and the community.

"You are all scientists in your own little way and you should share what you have learned with others," Lujan encouraged the children. "Go home and tell your parents and friends that may not know." Lujan, a science enthusiast, noted how important science education is, considering how low the country's scientific literacy rates are compared to other countries.

"(With the Starlab, science) is right here in front of them," he said. "It goes beyond a book. Astronomy and science come alive."

Lujan is happy to have the Starlab and the summer programs the YSC offers to the community since many parents may not have the time and resources to take their children somewhere to learn about science and astronomy this way.

"We're fortunate to have the Starlab come to the schools," he said.

Although Nguyen's students were a little prepared for the space exploration in the dome from studying astronomy in class, Starlab presenter Judy Dominguez gave them a brief overview on how to figure out which way was north, south, east or west by where the sun rises and sets.

During the 45-minute presentation inside the dome, students sat and watched in awe as Dominguez presented views of the sun and moon, and the planets and constellations.

The students excitedly shouted out each planet's name as it came into view above them.

Dominguez showed the students when and where to look for constellations and the International Space Station in the night sky from their own back yard.

The excitement on the students' faces as they walked out was all the proof one needed of the impact their small field trip made on each of them.

Even Nguyen was surprised and excited.

"That was amazing," she beamed.

Principal Donna Esperon was also excited for the students and their opportunity to experience the Starlab.

"It is especially important right now (to have these programs), with all the budget cuts," she added.

When asked who would like to be an astronaut, all the third-graders excitedly raised their little hands.

"I would like to walk on the moon," said 9-year-old Ortega.

His third-grade classmate Ali Salas had the same ambition.

"When I grow up I really want to fly by the moon," the 9-year-old said .

For more information on the Youth Science Center and the Starlab Portable Planetarium, call (626) 854-9825 or visit www.youthsciencecenter.org.

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YSC 2009 Summer Program In Full Swing


The YSC is very proud of our staff of talented instructors and their ability to reach out to students
and get them engaged in science! Among those who have received awards are:

Kim Bach, recipient of a Golden Apple award from the Rowland district and special
recognition from the S.T.E.P.S. Educational Foundation

Andrea Brown, recipient of a CSBA Golden Bell award for the Hacienda-La Puente
district wide science program

Jennifer Collins received an award as the 2007 Teacher of Excellence at Mesa Robles School
from Delta Kappa Gamma

Paul Craig, teacher of the year for the East Whittier District

Judy Dominguez, 1999 A. Scott Crossfield National Aerospace teacher of the year and
CSBA Golden Bell winner for aerospace education

Pam Leestma, the only 2008 National American Star of Teaching recipient for elementary schools.

Leann Legind, teacher of the year for the Walnut Valley District

Lyle Majeska, 2008 Maxwell Award from the Council of Electronics Instructors

Patricia Smith, nominated for the Presidential Citation for excellence
in science education

Robert Smith, teacher of the year for the Whittier City District. Robert has
also authored many books on math and science instruction.

Lana Willis was nominated for a Disney Teacher of the Year Award in 2004

In addition, George "Dr. Flubber" Lightholder is a popular presenter at statewide
teacher conferences on hands-on science

The YSC is also doing summer outreach classes at Del Valle, Nelson and Fairgrove
schools in La Puente, Madrid Middle School in El Monte, and 3 schools in Rosemead and El Monte for
the federal Migrant Education program. Also added to the program are science classes for
the Hacienda Heights Chinese School at Mesa Robles school.

The Cat is Back!
Don't miss Connie "Cat" Van Kampen, our terrific rock and geology instructor. Connie traveled
from her home in Kingman, Arizona, just to teach these rock and fossil classes. The kids are in for a
real treat as NOBODY knows the subject or is as passionate about it Connie! There will be plenty
of hand-outs and materials to take home.

Below left: It's time to "Stump the Cat" with the students' own mystery rocks on June 23.

Below right: Some of the many specimens of gems and minerals on display from the Cat's collection.
The Cat made two trips to bring over 1,500 pounds of her rock collection from Arizona!

The Cat's "Basic Geology" classes will be held the week of June 29 and July 20.

Connie CatRock Show

The YSC circus came to town on June 26 led by Uh O! the Clown (Pam Ehlers) and Patricia Smith. The show
had jugglers, balance beam performers, a circus wagon and a cotton candy machine as part of "Come Join Our Circus."
Pam has a Certificate of Clownology and both she and Patricia teach in the Whittier City School District.


oh-oh the clown

Pictured: Instructor Lyle Majeska shows students how to use a miter box in the "Fun With Wood" class. This class will
be offered the week of July 20 this summer for grades 2-3 and 4-5.

Woodworking 2008


July 3, 2009: Students examining plant and insect specimens with our stereo microscopes in "It's A Small World" with
instructor Patricia Smith
Microscope class



July 3, 2009: Students searching for specimens to examine with their Discovery Scopes in "It's A Small World."

It's a Small World


Got Water? Young water chemists do a color test analysis on samples of water for the class,
"The Magical World of Water," with Project WET instructor Michele Rega. The class repeats the week of July 13.

Project WET Summer


July 3, 2009: Students using physics and engineering to build plastic straw models in "Structure This"
with instructor Andrea Brown.

Structure This
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State Farm Grant
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Starlab at Sunset School
YSC Summer Program
Water Education Programs
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Digital Starlab
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YSC Activities
YSC Comes to La Puente
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Job Shortages in the US
Landing That First Job
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YSC WATER EDUCATION PROGRAM SEEKING SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE
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 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!

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


Field Trip Schedule for 2009

#1: Monday August 3, 10 to 11 am. Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics in Anaheim

#2: Monday, August 3, 1 to 1:30 pm. Orange County Register

#3: Wednesday, August 5, 10 to 11 am. Materials Recovery Facility

#4: Thursday, August 6, 10 to 11:30 am. Research Tool & Die Works Plant Tour

#5: Friday, August 7, 10 am to 11:45 am Bentley Prince Street Carpet Mill Tour

#6: Saturday, August 8, 10 am to Noon Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits

#7: Monday, August 10, 10 to 11:15 am Sanitation District Tour

#8A: Tuesday, August 11, 11:45 to 4 pm Jet Propulsion Lab (Bus Trip)

#8B: Tuesday, August 11, 12:45 to 3 pm. Jet Propulsion Lab (Drive Yourself)

#9: Wednesday, August 12, 10 to 11:30 am Hsi Lai Temple

#10: Wednesday, August 12, 2 to 3 pm. Braille Institute Tour

#11: Thursday, August 13, 10 to 11 am. State Air Resources Board Test Lab

#12: Friday, August 14, 8 am to 1 pm. Northrop Space Technology Center (Bus Trip)

#13: Monday, August 17, 10 to 11:30 am. Raymond M Alf Fossil Museum Guided Tour

#14: Tuesday, August 18, 10 to 11:30 am. Fullerton Municipal Airport Tour

#15: Wednesday, August 19, 10 to 11:30 am. AQMD Tour in Diamond Bar

#16: Saturday, August 22, 10:30 to 11:15 am. Industry Fire Station 118 Tour

Check our website at www.youthsciencecenter.org for descriptions and registration form.


Starlab Inside
Digital Starlab Shows Available


Come and see the mysteries of space through the Starlab, the indoor planetarium of the Youth Science Center.
It offers children the opportunity to study stars through a portable, inflatable planetarium. Now you don't have to wait until it gets dark at night to see the wonders of the sky. Our new digital projector will show the sun and the seasons, Greek constellations and how they move around the North Star, objects in the current night sky, and even a simulated fly by around the moon! Thanks to funding from the Ahmanson
and B.C. McCabe Foundations, the YSC has the only digital Starlab planetarium in Southern California.
 
The planetarium will accommodate a class of 35 students. It is 20 feet in diameter and 11 feet high.
Narrated shows by Judy Dominguez are 45-minutes in length, and must be done indoors. Digital Starlab programs are $110 each,
2 show minimum. Programs are for grade 2 through 6.


This past school year program were done at Phelan Elementary in Whittier and
Baldwin Academy in La Puente, Sunset Elementary in La Puente, Potrero Elementary
in El Monte and and for all grades at Los Robles Academy in Hacienda Heights.


Call the YSC at 626.854.9825 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to book a program or for more information.

Send your name to Mars on a microchip aboard the Mars Science Laboratory Rover, to be launched
in 2011. Click on this JPL link and fill out the input data.
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


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.
YSC Activities

LPHS Robotics 1

May 22 and 26: Wedgeworth School students assemble robots in a mini-class sponsored by the YSC and
La Puente High School. This was a senior class project with 12 Wedgeworth students eagerly
taking up the challenge of building remote-controlled robots. Eddie Partido is the LPHS instructor.

LPHS Robotics 2


Students used the remote controllers to make the robots respond to their commands. In this
competition, the robots were supposed to collect the plastic objects and push them to the
outer circle. Eddie Partido is the LPHS instructor.

Troy Majeska
The YSC/Wedgeworth School Star Party attracted several hundred visitors on May 15th. Amateur
astronomer Troy Majeska explains the workings of his telescope to interested students.

Starlab

Wedgeworth school instructor and Starlab Director Mariann Hess, left, and Starlab Instructor
Judy Dominguez give families an introduction to the Starlab experience before the program begins.


Steve Reeves

NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Steve Reeves explains some moon pictures to a pair of young visitors.

2009 PHM

The YSC and Wedgeworth School combined hands-on activities for a Day at Puente Hills Mall on May 9th.


Shepherd of the Valley

YSC Museum Director Judy Chong giving preschoolers at Shepherd of the Valley instructions
on holding rats, reptiles and other critters.

2009 San Dist

Justin Han and Selena Lue, volunteers from Los Altos High School, show visitors how to string
water cycle bracelets at the Sanitation District Earth Day Fair on April 18


Science Outreach Classes Come to La Puente
Woodworking 2009
June 19 Fairgrove Academy. Lyle Majeska shows students how to use
a mini-lathe to shape a barrel for a ball point pen project.

Dr Flubber 2009
June 19 Fairgrove Academy. Dr. Flubber (George Lightholder) demonstrates
the principles of density and buoyancy with a hands-on activity.

Scott Graham

June 19 Del Valle Elementary. YSC instructor Scott Graham leading
students in making clay models of dinosaurs finishing a week of
learning about these creatures.

Jennifer Collins

June 19 Del Valle Elementary. Students watch Jennifer Collins
showing them how to make balloon-powered vehicles in a
demonstration of Newton's Laws of Motion. Jennifer teaches
science at Mesa Robles Middle School.



YSC Receives SCE and County Grants
YSC President and CEO Ling-Ling Chang accepted a $10,000 check from Southern California Edison
on June 22nd. The funds will be used for program support. Our thanks to Rick Meza
of Edison for sponsoring the YSC and to the YSC's Teri Malkin for grant writing support.

Dickie Simmons presented the YSC with a $5,000 check from Supervisor Don Knabe on June 26th.
The funds are used to provide scholarships for students of limited financial means. Thanks to
Supervisor Knabe for his continued support of our program.
Los Altos Academy of Engineering Building Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine
HACIENDA HEIGHTS - In a certain outlying corner of Los Altos High School's sprawling grounds, it's far more common to overhear students slinging high-tech lingo to-and-fro than it is to get wind of any juicy campus gossip.

Here, at the Los Altos Academy of Engineering, teenage students are at ease discussing metal-
hydride tanks, inertial movement units and torsion bar suspension. They're also reliably patient in their explanations - even when visitors, sometimes twice (or thrice) their age, have no clue as to what they might mean.

In 2007, students at Los Altos completed construction of the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to be built by
high schoolers. The vehicle, called Infusion, was a project six years in the making, and earned the team
first place in the hydrogen division of the Shell Eco-Marathon after clocking in at 1,035 miles per gallon.

For the complete article in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, click here
Neuroscience Looks Into the Relation Between Education and the Arts
For years, school systems across the nation dropped classes in the fine arts to concentrate on getting students to pass tests in reading and mathematics.

Now, a growing body of brain research suggests that teaching the arts may be good for students across all disciplines.

Scientists are looking at, for instance, whether students at an arts high school who study music or drawing have brains that allow them to focus more intensely or do better in the classroom.

Brain research in the last several years has uncovered startling ideas about how students learn. First came proof, some years ago, that our brains do not lose brain cells as we get older, but are always capable of growing.

Now neuroscientists are investigating how training students in the arts may change the structure of their brains and the way they think. Does putting a violin in the hands of an elementary school student help the child do math better? Will learning to dance or paint improve a student's spatial ability or ability to learn to read?

For the complete LA Times article, click here
Job Shortages in the US
Despite the high unemployment figures, there are areas where employers need more
skilled people. Topping the list is engineer, where retirements and the Obama
administration's push to rebuild America are creating shortages. New engineers can
find salaries starting over $50,000. Engineering school cannot turn out enough graduates
to meet the demand.

Here are the areas which have the top technical shortages as reported by Forbes:

1. Engineer

There are several reasons it's hard for employers to find qualified engineers, says Jonas Prising, Manpower's president for the Americas. First, employers don't want to hire two or three engineers with a variety of specialties, they want one engineer who is trained in several areas. Another reason is that there are far too few new college graduates in engineering to replace retiring engineers. Also, the Obama administration's pledge to rebuild America's infrastructure is increasing the need for talented engineers.

2. Nurse

There are several causes of this shortage. First, America's aging population requires more caregivers for chronic illnesses affecting older people. Also, advances in medical care require more nurses to assist in treatment. However, there's a shortage of nurse educators, so while demand for professionals is great, there aren't enough teachers to train the next generation fast enough.

3. Technician

These are workers in engineering, technical, operations or maintenance roles who may be classified as either skilled or semi-skilled workers. They often support professionals who have deeper skill bases. Like workers in skilled trades, technicians are trained at vocational schools, and they're in short supply because so many high school students are encouraged to go to four-year colleges instead.

4. Teacher

Many schools find it hard to hire qualified teachers, because becoming a teacher often requires a graduate degree, but salaries remain relatively low. Meanwhile, they need more teachers, with many baby boomers retiring.

5. Information Technology Staff

These professionals have been on Manpower's list for four years, and they'll probably remain there for several more. There's a huge demand for them because virtually every aspect of global business--and modern-day life in general--requires computers and computer networks. Also, advancing takes additional education in a world of constantly changing technology.

Starting Salaries for 2009 for those with a Bachelor's Degree
Major Average Salary
Offer
Chemical Engineering $65,466
Mechanical Engineering $58,648
Computer Science $58,419
Electrical/Electronics & Communications Engineering $57,404
Construction Science/Management $52,837
Civil Engineering $50,785
Finance $49,794
Logistics/Materials Management $49,398
Accounting $48,334
Nursing $46,655

Priscilla Chui Tips on Getting That First Job

How I Landed My Job
Priscilla Chui
UCLA, Civil Engineering B.S., Class of 2009
Wilson High School, Class of 2005


According to CNN Reports (http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/05/25/cb.whos.hiring.2009class/),

only 43% of employers plan to hire recent graduates of 2009, down from 56% in 2008. However,

this is only a student survey conducted by selected employers. From my perspective, only 1 out of 10

graduates get hired.

This past Saturday, June 13, 2009, I participated in the Class of 2009 graduation at UCLA. It was

an exciting and depressing moment - excited to have finally finished the most memorable four years

of our lives, but depressing to acknowledge the fact that more than half of the graduating class

remains unemployed.

To prevent you, your children, siblings, friends, or neighbors from experiencing unemployment,

I hope that these tips from my mentors will help you as much as they have helped me.



1. Time Management

I'm not mentioning the scheduling of your "to-do-list", but more of planning for the future.


I actually started applying for employment in September of 2008, when my projective

graduation date was December 2009! From the Career Fairs held on campus, I was given

the opportunity to talk to many recruiters and professional engineers who were impressed

by my interest and personality to invest in my future. They were to only offer a position

if I were to graduate by June 2009. With the blessing of the internet, I was able to keep in

contact with these potential employers, continuously notifying them that I have been

working on completing my degree by June 2009. I then crammed in as many classes as

I could per quarter -reaching at most 6 courses (24 units) for 10 weeks. All the hard work and

sleepless nights paid off. I got offered jobs from all the employers; I was even offered a job prior to completion of my graduation date, in which I greatly accepted and currently work at.

Basically, search for positions ahead of time. It took me over 6 months to get my second

interview with these employers, and another month or so to hear the results. Even if

you're not looking for a job, browse around just to see what's out there and what kind

of companies are hiring - look for their hiring patterns. You'll notice that applying

for jobs is all about timing. Everyone needs to apply at an appropriate time.

    • Experience

Gaining experience is very important. Whether the work involves research, hands-on training,

or volunteerism, there is always something to be gained and nothing lost. For the most part,

the people you meet will offer their experiences and guidance that is to be carried with you

throughout career paths.


Also, school does not teach students how to prepare for the "real world." As one of my

mentors said, "College teaches students how to think;" It leaves students clueless on

how to transition from "thinking stage" to "action stage." Thus, work experience allows

you to gain the skills and abilities required to apply your potential to the work force.

    • Networking

In any field, it is all about net working. Grades and leadership will only take you so far

but it is your reputation and what your co-workers think of you that will carry you to

your highest level of employment. Perform your best as much as you can and never fail

to introduce yourself. You never know when the next stranger passing by you will give you

the opportunity you have been working for.

    • Mentorship

I am sure everyone has met someone who has become a role model in your life. Ask

that person questions on how they get to where they are, what obstacles they have gone

through, who they have looked to for inspiration - chances are, you will learn something

that will carry you throughout your carrier. And always be sure to never forget who you have

learned from.

From my experience, I did not communicate frequently to my pervious supervisor.

However, I learned by observation. I saw his professionalism and his work ethics, which

I have now adapted. Also, on my last day of my internship, he gave me a lot of advice

and I have a lot to thank him for the guidance throughout the years.

    • Options

At this time with the little experience recent graduates have, it is best to not be picky.

For example, you're an aspiring chef and your dream is to work for the Disney

Corporation in Disney World Animal Kingdom. Fortunately with the current job market,

there is a job opening in Disney World. However, do not limit yourself - expand your options

and apply everywhere including neighboring restaurants in Los Angeles, San Gabriel, San Francisco,

and the list goes on. The worst you can do to yourself is to apply to only one

job - try to apply to any job that is applicable and wait for the results. Increase your number of chances;

you are in control of this.

    • Interview Skills

I just purchased a book on how to answer interview questions. Although I have never

felt troubled by interviews, it's never bad to be overly prepared for those questions. It is essential

to be able to respond efficiently and effectively.

Interviews definitely land you the job even if the competitors have higher GPA or more

experience than you. If the interviewer finds your interest in helping their work, and feels that you

can "bring more to the table," they will hire you.

Remember, resumes get you the interview, but the interview is what gets you the job.

Be most prepared for any interview. Attempt mock interviews offered at Career Centers,

practice interviewing with friends, family, colleagues, and have definite answers in mind one day

before the interview.

These tips are the basic necessities that helped me get the job I am lucky to have today. Of course, many f

actors are involved as well such as your pace to find employment and your field of interest. In any case,

I hope these suggestions are helpful to you or someone you know, and I wish you the best of luck!

Congratulations to the Class of 2009! We may be the toughest generation to be

fighting through the current state of the world.


Low Cost Computer Helps First Graders Learn Reading and Math Teachermate
June 5, 2009. SAN FRANCISCO - Sonny Wong strides to the middle of her first-grade classroom at the Francis Scott Key Elementary School in this city's often-foggy Outer Sunset District.

"One, two, three, all eyes on me," commands the young teacher, prompting the room of children - mostly the sons and daughters of Asian immigrants - to pay attention to Ms. Sonny, as they call her, at least for a moment.

"What kind of voices should we have when we're on our TeacherMates?" she asks, after passing out what look like toy gadgets, la Nintendo's Game Boy. "Soft," they respond in unison, as they fidget with the plastic minicomputers, switching them on and plugging in headsets.

These hand-helds aren't slick or fancy. They are simple, cheap, and rugged. That's the point, says Seth Weinberger, the Evanston, Ill., lawyer who invented the $100 TeacherMate and over the past year has gotten them into 350 classrooms across the country.

The device seems, well, elementary. Children peer at their small screens, playing basic math games or working on reading, vocabulary, and spelling exercises. They also read or say words into a microphone on the TeacherMate, which records and stores their voices so teachers can later assess their progress.

To read the complete story in the Christian Science Monitor, click here

Wedgeworth School Ribbon Cutting
Grand Opening 2009

June 6. The Wedgeworth School Hawaiian Family Fun Day ended with a ribbon cutting ceremony
for the opening of 4 new classrooms. Among those present along with the excited students were, from
left to right, WW instructors Mariann Hess, Charlotte Morita and Cerina Yuen, HLPUSD board Vice
President Anita Perez, HLPUSD board member Jay Chen, WW Principal Ellen Park, HLPUSD board
member Norman Hsu, WW PTA President Catharina Lam, and WW instructors Kaitlin Tang and
Christine Lin.

If you would like to enroll your children in the school, call the Wedgeworth office at (626) 933-8101.
Wedgeworth has much to offer your kids, including the YSC hands-on learning center and a 21 unit
computer lab which the students use weekly.
California Science Center - Amgen Center for Science Learning



Summer, 2009 Professional Development Workshops
for Teachers, Parents and Afterschool Care Providers
Grades PreK-8

Participate in Science and Math workshops that are inquiry and research based and designed to promote student success! Activities are correlated to State and National Science Standards and explore curriculum connections across the disciplines.
Come and explore strategies to help children succeed!
Expand your knowledge of what children must know and be able to do!

Weekday Workshops for Teachers, Parents and After School Care Providers. Prices start at $75.

For more information, click here .

The Junkyard Challenge
Coin Sorter YSC volunteer Alaric Qin and teammate Daniel Tsai took first place in the
2009 State Science Olympiad's "Junkyard Challenge." Their project was
a coin sorter which Alaric said had a 98% accuracy. As part of the challenge
the team was given a part which had to be used as an integral part of the
project, without which it wouldn't work. The part was a paper plate!

Alaric is a sophomore at Troy High and attended Mesa Robles Middle School
in Hacienda Heights. The school team went on to the
national Science Olympiad in Washington D.C., where they placed 3rd.
Research Shows Girls Can Be Just As Good at Math


WASHINGTON- June 5 Reuters . Girls can do just as well at math as boys-even at the genius level-if they are given the same opportunities and encouragement, researchers reported.

Their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, contradicts studies showing girls can do as well as boys on average in math-but cannot excel in the way males can.

They also said it is a clear rebuttal to Larry Summers, who as president of Harvard University said in 2005 that biological differences could explain why fewer women became professors of mathematics. Summers is now chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for President Barack Obama.
"We conclude that gender inequality, not lack of innate ability or 'intrinsic aptitude,' is the primary reason fewer females than males are identified as excelling in mathematics performance in most countries, including the United States," Janet Hyde and Janet Mertz of the University of Wisconsin in Madison wrote in their report.

They did a statistical analysis comparing various math scores and contests with the World Economic Forum's 2007 Gender Gap Index. This annual report ranks countries according to employment and economic opportunities, education and political opportunities, and medical status.
The United States ranks 31 out of 128 nations on the World Economic Forum index.

"We asked questions about how well females relative to males are doing at the average level, at the high-end level-95th percentile or above-and the profoundly gifted level, the one-in-a-million type level," Mertz said in a telephone interview.
"Countries with greater gender equity are also the ones where the ratio of girls to boys doing well in math is close to equal," she said.

Gifted and Average

She said no one disputes that at the average level, girls perform as well as boys mathematically.
But at the top levels, disparities persist and some experts have said this is due to the "greater male variability" theory-the idea that males in general are more likely to score both extremely high and extremely poorly on tests than girls are.

Mertz said the analysis shows this is not true. "It's not that everywhere in the world there are fewer girls than boys in the top 1 percent," she said.
If there were a biological reason for the differences, this would have to hold everywhere, she said. But it does not.
"Analysis of data from 15-year-old students participating in the 2003 Program for International Student Assessment likewise indicated that as many, if not more girls than boys scored above the 99th percentile in Iceland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom," Mertz and Hyde wrote.
Several different international tests show the same pattern, including the International Math Olympics, Mertz said.

"If girls don't have equal educational opportunities or if they know [that] if they learn the material there won't be jobs available to them, why bother, they seek something else," she said.

This is changing, slowly, in the United States, they pointed out.

"For example, only 14 percent of the U.S. doctoral degrees in the biological sciences went to women in 1970, whereas this figure had risen to 49 percent by 2006," they wrote.

"The percentages in mathematics and statistics were 8 percent in 1970 and 32 percent in 2006."
"Animalations" Teach Learning Through The 3-Rs
Rathbone the Rat One of our friends, Patricia Derrick, has started a new
learning company, Animalations.

Patricia has done considerable research in the way kids learn through the
neuron pathways formed in the brain. Each of her illustrated books come with
a CD which use the 3-Rs - "Rhythm, Rhyming and Repetitions." Instead of
the teacher reading the kids a story, the children act it out. In so doing
they learn all of the new words in these award-winning stories quickly, and each story has a
moral theme to help build good character.

Patricia is offering these books at a special introductory price of only $7.00 including shipping and handling
from www.animalations.com. Several of the CDs are available for viewing on Youtube. Here is one
about Rathbone the Rat . Rathbone the Rat travels through Paris, France doing his mischievous deeds.
Finally, with his friends help, Rathbone is able to redeem himself and learns a life-lesson.

Patricia has over 30 years experience in education, including owning and operating Montessori schools.



 
"Cool Surge" Is Not So Cool

Full-page newspaper ads are promoting a Cool Surge room cooler which operates on less electricity than
a light bulb. Sounds amazing but you can't cheat the laws of thermodynamics. This device claims to lower air temperature 10 degrees by blowing air over chilled "glacier ice blocks" which you freeze in the freezer. You can get the same effect by using a fan to blow air on a bowl of ice cubes! It certainly won't lower the room temperature by 10 degrees. Since waste heat is not discharged outside there is actually
a net gain in overall temperature of the house because the freezer is also exhausting the heat removed to freeze the ice blocks. These are the same folks who market the Amish heaters in the winter.

Instead of spending almost $400 on the Cool Surge, take some of that money and make a donation
to the YSC to support our programs to help teach our kids to see through ads like this!



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 Cars4Causes.com 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!
HDTV Conversion
Sunset Elem Starlab In the last issue of The Antenna, we reported on signal strength of the various local
channels. We're happy to report that KABC Channel 7 has apparently boosted its
HD signal after the June 12 changeover from analog to digital but the reception
is still marginal.

If you are still trying to figure out how to convert your old analog TV to digital,
take a look at this how-to-do-it from an expert.
Announcements

Daniel Talancon received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from CalTech in June. He is the son of
Sandra and Gilbert Talancon of La Habra. Daniel attended La Habra High School and also went to
YSC classes. He is planning on going for a Master's degree at U.C. Berkeley.

Matthew Esperon lives in New Jersey, where he is an optometrist. Matthew is the son of
Mike and Donna Esperon. Donna is the principal of Sunset Elementary in La Puente and MIke
was one of our first volunteers when we opened our doors 25 years ago.

Tiffany Kwong entered CSULA as an early admit at the age of 15. She is in the 2nd year
of studies for an M.S. degree in physics. Tiffany is interested in either college or high
school physics teaching, and is planning on going for a Ph.D. degree. She is the daughter of
Phillip and Nancy Kwong of La Habra Heights.

Former YSC Alumni of the Year Andre Wong spent time working at the Gemini North Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii.
He moved back to the mainland last summer and is working on a PhD in astronomy at the University of
Virginia. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Astrophysics.

YSC board member Jose Romo was recently promoted to District Operations Manager for
US Bank's Inland Empire Division. Jose oversees 20 in-store branches in the region, including
the one at Albertson's in Hacienda Heights (formerly Downey Savings). He and his wife live in Hacienda
Heights and have a son and daughter.

YSC computer instructor Kim Bach and VP of the YSC board is looking forward to the wedding of
daughter Sarah Bach on July 25. Sarah has also taught Lego computers and PowerPoint in the
YSC summer program.

Priscilla Chui, correspondent for The Antenna, is working for the Los Angeles Department of Water
and Power in the Water Resources Department. She is involved in projecting supply, demand and
water rates. She will complete her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA in December.

Wedgeworth School Awarded Lowe's Grant
Lowes toolbox

Congratulations to Wedgeworth School for receiving a national $5,000 Lowe's Toolbox for Education
Grant. The grant was a joint collaboration of the PTA, YSC and school administration.
Wedgeworth Principal Ellen Park and PTA Treasurer Neal Noborio headed up the grant writing effort.

Funds will be used for a variety of projects, including new room carpeting and ceiling tiles, shade structures and a school garden.
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


Hazardous Waste Roundup
July 25, 2009 at Hacienda Park in La Habra Heights. 9 am to 2 pm. Located at Hacienda and Encanada
Drive. You can bring solvents, oils, antifreeze, fluorescent light-bulbs, motor oil, oil filters, expired
pharmaceuticals, pool chemicals, car batteries and more. For a complete listing of what you can and cannot
contact www.888cleanLA.com or www.lacsd.org
Family Events
july 4 hh
Hacienda Heights 4th of July Parade. Starts 9 am on the upper end of Stimson Drive
and ends at Steinmetz Park.

This year's Grand Marshall is Dickie Simmons, Field Deputy for Supervisor Knabe. Simmons
was the Community Partner honoree at the YSC's 2008 dinner.

Dickie Dickie Simmons helping out with a hands-on experiment at the
YSC Summer Camp in 2008


Concerts in the Park, Tuesdays 7 - 9 pm at Schabarum Park. Bring
a picnic dinner or purchase food from sponsors Casa Blanca, KFC and Marie
Callenders. Free admission.

July 7 - Mariachi Divas
July 14 - Justus and the Montanas
July 21 - Le Jazz Hot - Dwight Kennedy
July 28 - Cold Duck
August 4 - Hot August Night (Neil Diamond Tribute)
August 11 - The Bobby Perino Orchestra
August 18 - The Answer

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.

Schabarum Park is also
holding a pet adopting day each month now in partnership with L.A.
County Animal Control; the June date is Sunday the 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Parking fee required.

Ticket To The Twenties at the Workman Temple Homestead, City of Industry

Celebrate the Roaring Twenties as you enjoy music, dance demonstrations and lessons, crafts, vintage
automobiles, historic house tours, and tasty food during BOTH days of the festival, and note some of
the special performers and activities that differ from day-to-day below!

Saturday, July 18 4 to 8 pm
Dean Mora
Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys
Silent film screenings with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla
Ukulele lessons and demonstrations with Susan and Karl McCormick

Sunday, July 19 4 to 8 pm
Ian Whitcomb and His Dance Band
Night Blooming Jazzmen
Fashion shows and a costume contest presented by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles
Radio plays performed by the 14th Street Players

National Park Service Free Weekends. Mark your calendar for July 18-19 and August 14-15.
Vehicle entrance fees will be waived on those weekends. If you're on the road, this is a good
time to visit and see some of our national treasures. The Santa Monica Mountains and Channel
Island Recreation Areas don't have fees, but others charge as much as $20 per vehicle!

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 Amazon.com, 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 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.
 
 
 
 
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

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.

Scorpion

 

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.
During the Summer Session we will be open from 8:30 am to Noon, Monday through Friday; closed Saturdays. The Center
will also be closed from August 1 to September 25. 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: 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 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: August 1, 2009
 
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