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Summer Program Issue - Vol 46, Issue 4

Summer Program Issue - Vol 46, Issue 4

 
Summer 2008
Vol 46, Issue 4
16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Founded 1962
www.youthsciencecenter.org
 
Letter from the President/CEO

Dear Friends:

Summer has finally arrived and our summer program is now in session!

If you haven't done so, sign up ASAP as our classes are filling up
fast! Either call our office or visit our website for the full
schedule of classes: http://www.youthsciencecenter.org .

I am happy to announce the successful completion of our inaugural water education program: The Magical World of Water.
This program, funded by the collaborative, was created with the help of the Project WET curriculum and is aligned with the California Academic Content Standards for Science. The collaborative is comprised of the Youth Science Center, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. Special thanks to the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County for recognizing the need for a concrete water education program in the schools during such an
important time in the history of California water. Coincidentally,
the story about our program was published in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune two days before the Governor announced a statewide drought.


To read the story, please visit this link.

We are looking forward to continuing this project this fall at other schools. For more information regarding the Magical World of Water, please call our office.

We are also getting ready for our Gala in October. Please mark your calendars for October 23rd! Please get your tickets early as this has been a successful event year after year! You can visit our photo gallery on our website for pictures of our Gala.

Again, thank you so much for your continued support of the Youth
Science Center.

My door is open to you if you have any questions or concerns!

Faithfully,
Ling-Ling Chang
President & CEO
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In This Issue
Summer Program
Field Trips for 2008
Circus Comes ro Roqn
Pam Leestma Receives National Award
YSC Website Capabilities
Digital Starlab
Wedgeworth Star Party
Water Education Programs
Pennies From Heaven
Improve Your Child's Learning
Wedgeworth School Signups
Toyota Grant Awarded
Troy Wins National Science Olympiad
South Korean Students
 
Officers Elected for 2008-9

The following were elected for 1-year terms ending April 2009 at the April annual meeting.

Chairman Ron Chong
Vice-Chairman Kim Bach
Secretary Manuel Serrano
Treasurer William Yuen

Elected for 3-year terms on the Board of Directors:
Ron Chong, Walter Clark, Manuel Serrano, Jose Romo and Vicky Soong.
Elected for a term expiring in 2009: Jeff Parriott (City of Industry Councilman)


 
Annual Gala Dinner

The 5th annual YSC dinner will be held at Pacific Palms Conference
Resort on Thursday, October 23, 2008. Save the date and plan on joining us for a great time!
Guest speaker artist/lecturer Chris Butler of the Griffith Planetarium will present some of his own artwork, Imagine: Reality along with his humorous and informative commentary.

Butler ArtTickets are $100 and table sponsorships (10 seats) begin at $1,000. Phone the YSC at (626) 854-9825 for more information. There will be a silent auction at 6 pm and the dinner will be at 7 pm. Don't miss out on this fun and entertaining evening!

Honorees:

Corporate Philanthropy: McCabe Foundation
Community Partner: Dickie Simmons
Teacher of the Year: Kim Bach
Alumni Awards: Dr. Michael Malkin and
Dr. Jon Malkin
Student Volunteer Award: Patrick Chen
Southwest Airlines Ticket Raffle
Southwest Southwest Airlines has generously donated 2 roundtrip tickets to anywhere on their continental US route map. Fly as far as Seattle, Manchester (NH) and Fort Lauderdale (FL)! A terrific deal considering the high cost of flying these days.

The winning ticket will be drawn at our October 23rd dinner at Pacific Palms Conference Resort.

The winner need not be present. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.
Send a check payable to the Youth Science Center, 16949 Wedgeworth Drive,
Hacienda Hts, CA 91745. Ticket receipts will be sent by return mail.

Tickets are valid until Oct 23, 2009.



Become a YSC Member Now to Get Summer Discounts

YSC members receive a discount to every summer class and your memberships are tax deductible.
Click on the "Become a Member of the YSC" link at the top of this page. To get in on the early bird
mailing of the summer schedule, sign up as a family member and send a check for $50 to YSC, 16949 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Hts, CA 91745.

Family memberships are only $50. Higher support levels are also welcome. Sustaining memberships are $75, business memberships $100 and life membership $250.
YSC Summer Science Program at Wedgeworth

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

Exciting classes include:

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

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


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






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



Wood Class 2007

FUN WITH WOOD. A real hands-on class on learning to work with wood and using hand tools. Students will learn how to measure, cut, sand, nail and glue. They will make wooden toys, puzzles and even a bird feeder or bug house under the guidance of expert woodworker Lyle Majeska. These are basic skills which all kids should learn!
The classes will be given the week of July 21.






MODEL ROCKETRY. Always a popular class with Judy Dominguez, our model rocketry classes continue the week of June 30 and July 14. Students will build model rockets and launch them on Friday. OnModel Rocketry 2008 July 3rd they will also launch a rocket with a sky cam on board. This rocket will shoot video of the launch as it ascends. After recovery the video clip is downloaded to a laptop and the rocket is ready for another launch! Students will also learn about the Space Shuttle from Judy -- our very knowledgable expert who was honored
as National Aerospace Teacher of the Year in 1999!

Right: Launch team readies student rockets for countdown and liftoff.

News Bulletin: Judy Dominguez will be on a National Geographic Channel special this fall. She was shown launching the model rocket which has an onboard camera.








 
Field Trips for 2008
See our homepage at www.youthsciencecenter.org under YSC Activities and Field Trips for details and a sign up form. This information is also in the YSC Office in Room 8.

#1: July 30 2 to 2:45 pm. Braille Institute Anaheim
#2: August 5 10 to 10:30 am Grand Central Transfer Recycling in Industry
#3: August 7 10 to 10:45 am San Jose Water Treatment Plant Tour in Industry
#4: August 8 11 to 5:30 pm. Griffith Observatory Tour via Bus
#5: August 9 10:30 to 11:15 am City of Industry Fire Station Tour
#6: August 11 10 to 11:30 am Raymond M Alf Fossil MuseumTour
#7: August 12 12:45 to 3 pm JPL Field Trip #1
#8: August 14 10 to 11:30 am South Coast Air Quality Management District Tour
#9: August 15 9:45 to 10:30 am Los Angeles Natural History Museum Tour
#10: August 16 1 to 3:30 pm. Nutrilite Plant Tour, Buena Park
#11: August 18 12:45 to 3 pm JPL Field Trip #2
#12: August 20 1 to 1:45 pm Orange County Register Tour
#13: August 22 10 to 11:30 am Fullerton Airport Tour
#14: August 23 10 to Noon Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits Tour

 
Circus Comes to Town
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Ehlers Clown
Above: "Uh-O! the clown greeting students"



The "Littlest Show In Town" came to the Youth
Science Center on June 27. Featuring 40 kids from the combined classes of Pat Smith and Pam Ehlers, a half-hour program was presented for an appreciative crowd of parents.

There were dancers, clowns, tumblers, balance bar walkers and a final act featuring the Great Kazoo Band.

The classes ("Come Join Our Circus") continue the week of June 30 with more clowning around and learning the science concepts behind circus acts.




YSC Space Teacher Makes History, Receives National Award
Pam Leestma YSC space science teacher Pam Leestma and her students made history last month in a historic coast-to-coast live interview with the International Space Station. Pam and her Valley Christian students packed the Bellflower City Hall for the NASA televised linkup on May 20. To see the Time Warner video clip, click here. Pam will be teaching "I Need My Space," at the YSC's summer camp. This class will introduce students to robotics, microgravity, astronomy, Mars, and the International Space Station. You won't want your kids to miss this exciting class from an outstanding teacher. The classes will be given the week of June 23,
June 30 and July 14.

NEWS FLASH!!! Pam Leestma has been selected to be one of 5 private school teachers to receive the National Award of American Stars of Teaching. She will be honored in Washington D.C. at the National Private Schools Conference on September 26th. She will be on a panel with the other four selectees discussing Collaborative Relationships Outside of the School Setting. This award is part of the Department of Education's Teacher to Teacher initiative. Over 5,000 teachers were in this year's competition. Pam is an educator at Valley Christian School in Bellflower. Our congratulations to Pam for this honor! For more information go to this link.
New YSC Web Capabilities

The YSC is doing a makeover of its web page with new exciting graphics and sound. The web page is being designed as a public service by Ryan Gagajena, President of www.mywebdesignsource.com.
We will also be adding social networking via weblogs (blog) and Facebook. If you would like to see the YSC Facebook page, click here . If you are already a member of Facebook, search on Youth Science Center and click on "Join Group." If you are not
a member of Facebook, you will have to log in to www.facebook.com and fill out your profile information. Next, search on Youth Science Center and join our group. We want to expand our community of parents, alumni, students and supporters!
Starlab Inside
New Digital Starlab Shows Available

The new digital Starlab is available for shows at your school.

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!
 
The planetarium will accommodate a class of 35 students. It is 20 feet in diameter and 11 feet high. Narrated shows are 45-minutes in length, and must be done indoors. Digital Starlab programs are $100 each, 2 show minimum. Programs are for grade 2 through 6.

The YSC recently did Starlab programs for all first through fifth grade classes at West Whittier Elementary in the Whititer City School District.

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 to book a program or for more information.


Rorimer Elementary Student Writes About StarLab
Third-grader Peter Thompson writes from the Rowland district:

Dear Star Lab,

Thank you that you taught me a lot of things about planets, sun, moon and stars. I've learned a lot from you so that when I get older I can be an astronaut to find more things about moon, stars, planets or even the moon. I like the part that I could see a galaxy and that you told me that the other little things are not a star but are a galaxy. So now that I know those little things are a whole bunch of galaxies. I would go to some different galaxies besides Milky Way which is our galaxy. Thank you for teaching me a lot of things.

Sincerely,

Peter Thompson
 
 
WALL-E Movie Debuts
WallE
The new WALL-E movie which opened on June 27 is a G-Rated film by Pixar/Disney/NASA. The movie is set 700 years from now and features robots. WALL-E stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class. See more information on this link to NASA.

"Great ideas for future exploration of the universe start with the imagination," said Robert Hopkins, chief of strategic communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. "We hope that with the help of our new robot friend WALL-E, NASA can encourage young people to learn about science and technology and become the explorers of tomorrow."

Wedgeworth Star Party Attracts Large Crowd

Hacienda Heights. April 18. The 9th Annual Wedgeworth School/YSC Star Party attracted over 200 parents and students. A cloudless sky and full moon made for perfect viewing as Aaron Dominguez, Walter Clark, Daniel Chu and George Ennis set up their telescopes on the blacktop. Parents and students alike gazed in awe at images of the moon and the rings of Saturn.

"We are in the golden age of astronomy," remarked Steve Reeves, a NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador from Long Beach. Recent advances in technology are making new discoveries possible which were only concepts 10 or 20 years ago, he said. Steve presented a Powerpoint show on astronomy and NASA plans for a manned space voyage to Mars.

In the multipurpose room, YSC teacher and NASA-JPL Solar System Judy Dominguez and Wedgeworth Teacher Mariann Hess gave digital Starlab programs to 200 people. Wedgeworth teachers Cerina Yuen and Kaitlin Tang led students in a make-and-take star activity.

Pictured below: 1) Judy Dominguez introduces the new $60,000 digital Starlab system to the crowd.
2) George Ennis shows a student how to view the stars through his brand-new Dobsonian telescope. 3) Students doing make-and-take astronomy activity in the classroom.



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YSC LAUNCHES WATER EDUCATION PROGRAM
The YSC water education outreach program for public and private school 5th grade classes began in May. The first program was at Del Valle Elementary in La Puente. Click here for a writeup and pictures which appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on June 2nd.

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 a water-related facility. Each students receives a 25-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. The inaugural program was given at Del Valle Elementary in La Puente.
Other programs were given at Mesa Robles Elementary in Hacienda Heights and Hillcrest Elementary in Monterey Park. This program will continue in the fall semester, so call now to reserve times.

Pictured below: Instructor Grace Huang starts off an activity to show how much water covers the surface of the earth to students at Mesa Robles Elementary on May 16. (Answer: 70%)

Project WET
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
pennies Donation JarSave your pennies and loose change for our new Science Center building. Pennies can really add up -- even though the US Mint reports that it takes 2 cents to make a penny! Deposit them in our coin bottle at the YSC in Room 8. You (and we) will be glad you did!
How To Improve Your Child's Learning
Jump Start Ways 002"Keep a bag of tricks to introduce to the child at opportune moments." This tip is one of the ways to help your child learn better in Patricia Derrick's new 24-page pamphlet, 111 Ways to Help Jump-Start Your Child's Learning.

Drawing on her background as a Montessori educator, award-winning child's author, and brain research investigator, Mrs. Derrick has
come up with these proven methods which will stimulate young children and develop their brain neurons. By doing so, learning becomes easier for the child.

Among the other ways to develop learning:

#37 Create opportunities for the child to be the center of his universe. Allow the child to control his
space in a safe, well planned environment. Stand back and wait for cues. When adults allow children to take on the leadership role, children will learn to be leaders and make decisions.

#48 Make sure your child receives adequate sleep in a quiet, comfortable room. Sleep is necessary for the brain to function properly. A child who has been deprived of sleep cannot concentrate or focus on the task at hand.

#62 Equip the child's apce with his own library of books. Provide shelves to keep the books organized. Divide the books into various areas of learning.

#91 Perform small motor activities on a regular basis. Mazes, puzzles, and complex patterns fine tune muscles and stimulate the brain while doing so.

#100 Stay current on current research. This can be easily accomplished by using "brain research" to search the web on your computer. New findings are being published every day.


The YSC has a limited number of these pamphlets available. Stop by and pick up a copy at the YSC while supplies last! $2 donation suggested.

Pictured on the cover is a child running his finger through a Brainpath maze developed by Mrs. Derrck. This sensory activity leads directly to the brain and helps develop these pathways. The Brainpath maze will be available in stores soon and from the Youth Science Center.
Earthday 2008 Draws Big Crowd
The Earthday celebration on April 12 at the Sanitation District parking lot attracted many families looking for ways to save the environment. The staff at the YSC tables were kept busy showing off reptiles, spiders and insects and letting kids do a make-and-take superworm habitat. Nine student volunteers from the Rowland High School Interact Club helped provide staffing.


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YSC Impresses Crowd at Boeing Employee Fair

Our thanks to the Boeing Employee Community Fund for inviting the YSC to participate in their employee fair on May 7. The event was held at the Boeing C-17 plant next to the Long Beach Airport. It gave employees a chance to see how their donations benefit various groups including the YSC. The YSC was only one of a dozen organizations asked to participate.

The YSC's booth was the hit of the fair! Thanks to Vicky Soong, Rolin Soong, Judy Chong and Ron Chong for being the fair exhibitors for the YSC and to our various creepy crawlers for providing the hands-on excitement.

Thank you Boeing for inviting the YSC to participate!


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YSC Day at Puente Hills Mall
The 4th Annual YSC Day at Puente Hills Mall on May 10 was the best one yet!
Our new digital Starlab projection sysem and dome attracting lots of parents and children wanting to see the shows. Judy Dominguez gave 5 shows to almost 200 persons. Thanks also to Kim Bach, Judy Chong, Phyllis Vandeventer, Judy Domingues, Aaron Dominguez, Elizabeth Fuentes and members of the Rowland High School Interact Club for volunteering their time to make the event a big success!


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Wedgeworth School: Change is in the Air

Change is in the air at Wedgeworth School! Two attractive playgrounds have replaced the outdated 1960s equipment. Shown in the middle picture below are the Kindergarten playground, where the YSC K-1 students play at recess time. The bottom pictdures shows the upper grade playground next to the multipurpose room.

New landscaping and lawns were planted in front of the school and a new electronic signboard was installed last year. This summer the blacktop will be redone and buildings painted, giving the school a fresh new look.

The most exciting news is that plans are underway to design a new Wedgeworth school facility on the district's vacant lot just west of the school. This is a great time to enroll your kids at Wedgeworth School for the next school year.

Principal Ellen Park writes:

Ellen Park "Welcome to a new school year at Wedgeworth starting August 27th!
We are accepting enrollment applications for K-5 at this time.

Please act fast to enroll your child(ren) at our school since we are in high demand due to our very high API of 932, fantastic school programs and excellent teaching staff. In addition we are excited to announce that we will be the first elementary school in our district to start implementing a Chinese-English Dual Language Program in Kindergarten in 2008-2009!

In this program, both Chinese and non-Chinese American students will be taught English and Chinese throughout the day (50/50 model) by an
excellent Wedgeworth teacher, Mrs. Mi-li Au Yeung. The students in the
program will acquire the following: language proficiency in English and
Chinese; high academic achievement in two languages; positive
self-esteem, cultural awareness and sensitivity; and greater capacity
for intellectual challenge and abstract thought. Having been an
experienced teacher and administrator in charge of the dual language
program for twelve years, I am sure that this program will succeed at
Wedgeworth and greatly benefit our students. We also have the Youth
Science Center, computer lab, after school programs, and so much more!
Join us at Wedgeworth, the Home of the Warriors!"

Ellen Park, Principal
Wedgeworth Elementary School; (626)933-8102
A CA Distinguished Award & CA Honor Roll School
www.hlpusd.k12.ca.us/wedgeworth
"Home of the Warriors"


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Toyota Awards Grant to YSC
toyotaToyota Motor Sales of Torrance awarded a competitive grant of $5,000 to the YSC in April. The grant was made after an onsite visit by a Toyota employee, who then prepared a presentation on the YSC's activities for the Toyota grant committee. This is the second such award received from Toyota. Our thanks to YSC grantwriter Ter Malkin for writing the proposal.
Achieving Excellence: Troy High Wins National Science Olympiad

Fullerton's Troy High School won an unprecedent 3rd consecutive National Science Olympiad in a competition held at George Washington University in Washington D.C. last month. This was the 8th national title won by the school -- quite an accomplishment in the 24 year history of the Science Olympiad.

YSC volunteer and former student Alaric Qin is shown on the right with some of the other team members. The Olympiad competition consitst of 23 events, but students each selects several events in which to compete.

To reach the nationals, the Troy team won the state finals for the 13th year in a row!

Alaric also scored with a 3rd place performance in the individual Boomilever competition.
The Boomilever involves building a wood cantilever structure to support weights with the goal of
supporting the most weight with the lightest structure.

Alaric is helping at the YSC this summer in the PC lab and is also training to maintain our website. He lives in Hacienda Heights and attended Mesa Robles Middle School. Our congratulations for a job well done!


Alaric National Science 2008
Many Students Head for Top Tier US Colleges
Seokyong Lee for The New York Times

SEOUL, South Korea - It is 10:30 p.m. and students at the elite Daewon prep school here are cramming in a study hall that ends a 15-hour school day. A window is propped open so the evening chill can keep them awake. One teenager studies standing upright at his desk to keep from dozing.


A student and teacher at an elite South Korean school, the Minjok Leadership Academy, where sights are set on the Ivy League.

Kim Hyun-kyung, who has accumulated nearly perfect scores on her SATs, is multitasking to prepare for physics, chemistry and history exams.

"I can't let myself waste even a second," said Ms. Kim, who dreams of attending Harvard, Yale or another brand-name American college. And she has a good shot. This spring, as in previous years, all but a few of the 133 graduates from Daewon Foreign Language High School who applied to selective American universities won admission.

It is a success rate that American parents may well envy, especially now, as many students are swallowing rejection from favorite universities at the close of an insanely selective college application season.

"Going to U.S. universities has become like a huge fad in Korean society, and the Ivy League names - Harvard, Yale, Princeton - have really struck a nerve," said Victoria Kim, who attended Daewon and graduated from Harvard last June.

Daewon has one major Korean rival, the Minjok Leadership Academy, three hours' drive east of Seoul, which also has a spectacular record of admission to Ivy League colleges.

How do they do it? For the answer, read the rest of the article.

 
 
Rx For Your Laptop
From a report on the Internet:

LEMONADE and computer keyboards do not mix. I learned that the hard way a few weeks ago, when my stepdaughter accidentally spilled some onto her iBook laptop. Over the phone, I told her how to remove the keyboard and blot up the mess.

But even after the lemonade dried, the iBook didn't work properly. The spill had precipitated a virtual stroke: the laptop could no longer connect to the outside Internet world, its screen was dim, and when Stacey tried to type, evryling cme out lke tis.

See how the writer fixed his computer here.
Chemical Cuisine: A guide to Food Additives
Center for Science Public Interest The May 2008 issue of the CSPI's Nutrition Action Healthletter has as an extensive list of food additives -- those which it classifies in the following categories: Safe, Cut Back, Caution, Certain People Should Avoid, and Avoid. In the "Avoid" category are Acesulfame potassium, Artificial Colorings, Aspartame (Nutrasweet), Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Olestra, Partially hydrogenated oil, Potassium bromate, Propyl gallate, Saccharin, Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrite and Stevia. These are considered unsafe or very poorly tested and not worth the risk. Splenda, which uses sucralose, is considered safe. A complete detailed description of these and the others are given here.
48th Agriculture District
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 in May.

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. Our 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.

For more information or to schedule a visit, phone (909) 468-4433 or visit their website
 
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Vocabulitis Orig
Develop your child's vocabulary and help him or her prepare for the SAT tests. Vocabulitis is partnering with the YSC by donating part of their class fees to the YSC building fund.

Each 250 word program consists of eight one-hour sessions. The cost is only $200. Each student uses a one-on-one laptop computer to learn the meaning and usage of words. Testing has shown that this method results in a 90 to 95% retention rate. Get your student a jumpstart on the SAT test!

The PROJECT IQ office is located on the second floor of the Nara Bank building, southwest corner of Nogales and Colima at 1709 S. Nogales, Suite 201 in Rowland Heights. Entrance is on the south side of the building. Please do not park in the other tenant spaces. For more information call 626 581-8697. Please fill out a referral form indicating that you want YSC because a portion of the fees. Fees will be directed to our building fund.
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James KimVocaulities Partner

Diamond Bar High 10th grade student James Kim, shown above, has memorized 1,750 SAT words in 2 months using the computerized Vocabulitis program and has retained an average of 95% of the words.
"I feel confident with critical reading because the words help to understand what I am reading. Also, I can understand better in all different textbooks I read because I find these words in many subjects and not just in English. This Vocabulitis program helps me to know not only the meaning of the words but when to use them properly."

Yubin Chang, above, demonstrates the Vocabulitis TM program in Rowland Heights. Yubin has developed the program from over 23 years experience in teaching children.


Classes are also available in Fullerton and one-to-one lessons may also be done at your home.





Hazardous Waste Roundup
Saturday, July 12, 2008. 9 am to 2 pm. Hacienda Park, in La Habra Heights. The location is at Hacienda Boulevard and Encanada Drive. You can bring electronic waste including computer monitors and CPUs, liquid solvents, motor oil, lightbulbs and batteries. For a complete listing of what you can and cannot bring, see www.888CleanLA.com.
YSC and Community Events

Concerts in the Park at Schabarum Regional Park

Concerts are held Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic dinner or purchase dinner from one of the vendors. The park is located at Colima Road and Azusa Avenue across from Puente Hills Mall. Free admission.

The concerts ends on August 19 with a show by the legendary Mel Carter.

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Mel Carter in Concert

2008 Summer Concert Schedule at Schabarum Park

July 8
The Diamonds
50's Rock and Roll with today's attitude.
Doowop Hall of Fame
Vocal Group Hall of Fame

July 15
Le Jazz Hot Swing Band
Dwight Kennedy and Music
from the Roaring 20's with Cotton Club 30's

July 22
Nitro Express
Nitro Express is hands down the finest Country Rock band in Southern California. They have been playing consistently in Southern California and Nevada for almost 10 years. Classic Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, R&B, Country, Southern Rock, Surf Music, Motown, and even Reggae are some of the components that make up their unique sound.

July 29
Cold Duck
A premiere dance band and one of the most versatile groups

August 5
Mariachi Juvenil Relampago
This group is a mixture of female and male artists entertaining throughout California.

August 12
The Answer
Classic Rock

August 19
Mel Carter
The legendary artist famous for giving us the song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me".
A place in pop history.

Ticket To The Twenties
Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20 at the Workman and Temple Homestead Museum, 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry.

Celebrate a trip back to the 1920's with music,crafts, old cars, historic house tours and tasty food. Dance exhibitions and lessons by the Hollywood Hotshots! FREE ADMISSION.









 



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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 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
Jelly Babies: See our collection of stuffed animals. These are collectible items. Each of the 56 animals has its own birth date. Priced at only $9.00 including tax.
 
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Warner Brothers Trivets: Set of 4 classic Warner cartoon characters. Ceramic tiles are 4.25" x 4.25", total heigh is 9". Can be used as a heat protector or for wall hangings. Originally sold for $25, now only $12.
Can be shipped anywhere in the US for $10. Made in Taiwan and licensed by Warner Brothers.
ZCardz: 3D models of aircrafts and dinosaurs. Each pack has five models. Only $2.00 each.

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 10:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M. During the summer the Center will be open from 8:30 am to Noon, Monday through Friday, June 23 to August 1st. 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: Sandra Talancon
Treasurer: William Yuen Summer Director: Phyllis Vandeventer
Secretary: Manuel Serrano
Star Lab Director: Mariann Hess
Members of the Board of Directors: Star Lab Instructors: Judy Dominguez and Mike Vandeventer
Phyllis Vandeventer Tom Chang Museum Aides: Evelyn Fuentes and Doris Hoffman
Patricia Smith Walt Clark Member at Large: Rolin Soong, Mariann Hess, Edy Au
Jeff Parriott Mary Tang Store Purchasing: Dorothy Chu and Vicky Soong
Jose Romo Vicky Soong Grant Writing: Teri Malkin
Warren Pauge 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, 2008
 
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