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Winter 2009 - Vol 46, Issue 6
Winter 2009 - Vol 46, Issue 6
Winter  2009
Vol 46, Issue 6

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Founded 1962

www.youthsciencecenter.org

 
 Letter from the President/CEO

Dear Friends of the Youth Science Center,

Happy Holidays! Christmas Balls

I would just like to thank you all for supporting our

5th Annual Gala! It was a great success, with new sponsors
and donors. Again, we would not be here without the support
of our friends. Be on the lookout for next years Gala!
It'll be our 25th Anniversary, featuring special guest Fritz Coleman.
Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of this
successful event.

We have great plans for the New Year. We are continuing our
5th grade Water Education Program in January in partnership
with the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
and the Sanitation District of Los Angeles County called,
 "The Magical World of Water." We will also be working on
new projects as they come, particularly expanding our
Water Education Program to as many schools in the San Gabriel
area/Los Angeles County. In the upcoming year, we will also
begin meetings with the Facilities Committee for the future YSC facility.
If you are interested in joining the Facilities Committee, please contact us.


I know that it has been a particularly tough year for all of us.
Please do not forget the great non-profits out there doing good work.
We need all the support we can get. Again, let's keep our hopes up
for a great 2009! You can definitely look forward to great things
from us next year and the years to come!!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

Faithfully,
Ling-Ling Chang
President & CEO
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  2008 Gala Dinner Was A Big Success
 
  220 persons attended the 5th annual gala dinner at Pacific Palms in October.  It was definitely the best dinner yet!  

  Our next dinner is on the calendar for November 6, 2009 at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort.   This will be our 25th anniversary celebration of operating in Hacienda Heights, and we hope to make this a truly memorable event.   Save the date!

Our thanks to the following table sponsors this year:

          Star Sponsors

                Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th District
                Majestic Realty Foundation

          Community Sponsors

                Bentley Prince Street
                McDonald's (Warmel Corporation)
                Miss Ling-Ling Chang
                Del Terra Construction Group
                Dr. Joe Cheng
                Ron and Judy Chong
                Malcolm Pirnie
                Meridian Rowland Project (Angelus Realty)
                Mount San Antonio College
                Pomona Unified School District
                Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
                Sempra Energy
                Southern California Edison
                Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
                Valley Vista Services
                Andrew Wong


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  YSC CEO/President Ling-Ling Chang giving opening remarks at the gala dinner.






























CHRIS BUTLER


Guest Speaker Chris Butler entertains the Audience with "Imagine Reality," with his own artwork on dinosaurs and outer space.  Chris is the resident artist at the Griffith Planetarium.



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   YSC Board Member Jeff Parriott with Community Partner Honoree Dickie Simmons.
Dickie is Supervisor Don Knabe's Deputy for this area.  Jeff serves on the City of Industry City Council.



Jay Chen
Hacienda La Puente School Board Member Jay Chen made a presentation to the YSC on behalf of State Controller John Chiang
Alaric Qin











Alaric Qin of Hacienda Heights demonstrates his skills on a home-made musical instrument made out of plastic PVC pipe.  This project made it to the state science fair finals in 2006 for Mesa Robles Middle School.

Currently attending Troy High School, Alaric is a member of the school's team which won the National Science Olympiad title in 2008.

Alaric is one of our summer
program volunteers.






  Photos courtesy of Aaron Dominguez
Southwest Airlines Ticket Raffle Winner
  SWA 2008 Winner
 






















 YSC Chair Ron Chong, left, congratulating Miguel Aventino for being the lucky winner of the Southwest Airlines ticket raffle.  Miguel was excited to receive the tickets, saying this was the first time he had every won anything like this.

  The tickets were good for 2 roundtrip tickets to any of Southwest's cities in the continental US.  The winning ticket was drawn at the October 23rd dinner.

   Miguel and wife Salud live in Hacienda Heights and their two kids come to the summer program.

  The raffle raised $1,500 for the YSC.  Our thanks to Southwest Airlines for its support and to everyone who participated.
Leon Garcia Elected to the YSC Board of Directors
Leon Garcia Leon Garcia was elected to fill the remaining term of YSC Board of Director Tom Chang.  Leon is the president of Southwest Management Consultants.  He is on the board of the Whittier Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital and recently finished a term on the board of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.  Leon resides in Hacienda Heights and is eager to use his expertise to help the YSC.

Tom Chang resigned from our board in order to devote time to pursue a doctoral degree.   He is a transportation manager for the city of Los Angeles.   Our best wishes to Tom in his new endeavor.

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In This Issue
Wedgeworth Winter Festival
Digital Starlab
Water Education Programs
Science Fair Projects
Middle School API Scores
National Science & Math Scores
Hands-On with FETCH!
Announcements
YSC Store Items
 
Wedgeworth School Winter Festival
Winter Festival Wedgeworth School PTA will be having its first Winter Festival on Saturday, December 13, from 11 am to 5 pm.

 Bring the family for some fun in the snow!    Game booths staffed by the teachers and food will be available.

Admission is $6 per person (includes hot dog, chips and sodalunch).  Tickets for the snow play and game booths are $1 each.


The school is located at 16949 Wedgeworth Drive in Hacienda Heights.

The YSC in Room 8 will also be open from 11 am to 3 pm.   Stop by for a visit and check out our stocking stuffers!

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 $110 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.


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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.   The class at Del Valle was covered by Time Warner Cable.  To see the news clip, click here.

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

Contact the YSC at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to have the program at your school.  This school year we have given programs to Baldwin Academy, Del Valle Elementary, Sunset Elementary and Mesa Robles Elementary.
Programs are scheduled for Temple Academy and Nelson Elementary in January.   Call for more information or to schedule a program for your public or private school 5th graders!

Pictured below:  Instructor Grace Huang gives students an idea of how much usable water is available on the earth.


Mesa Robles May 2008
Science Fair Projects:  Water-Related Topics
Water Drop Reflection Is your student looking for a science fair topic?  Consider doing one on water!  The Eastern Municipal Water District has put together an excellent guide on picking a project and how to do a successful project from start to finish.  It is also a useful guide for any science fair project.


WHY WATER IS SPECIAL
  There are many reasons why you should pick a water-related topic for your science fair project. Water is all around us, and is easily available for observation and testing. Water is non-toxic, non-explosive and non-corrosive, in other words it is a safe substance to work with.  Although we tend to take water for granted, it is actually a very unusual substance with unique and fascinating properties. The more you learn about water the more amazed you will be. For example, water is the only substance which occurs in all three states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) at naturally occurring temperatures. It is unique in that the solid form of water (ice) floats in the liquid form (water). Ice also takes up more room than the same amount of water in liquid form. Water is known as the universal solvent--given enough time, (which might be millions of years), everything will dissolve in water. The reason for this is the unique chemical structure of the water molecule. Water is involved in a huge variety of chemical, physical, and biological interactions because everything will dissolve within it, therefore making it essential to life. Although there are life forms that can live without air, there are none that can survive without water!  Water makes the chemical interactions and exchanges needed by all living organisms possible.  Two-thirds of our planet is covered in water. With its presence or its absence water shapes and determines every ecosystem and land form on Earth.  For these reasons and many others, learning about water is useful for everyday life. Anything you learn about water has real and immediate applications. Water is like a doorway that can take you from the world of observation and experience deep into the heart of science.

The guide can be viewed or downloaded here.

Middle School API Scores:
 API Scores:  Note -- if a school is a K - 8 school, the scores may reflect the entire school and not
just the middle school.   For Mesa Robles, the scores are for grades 6 - 8.
                   
Middle School/District                       2008    2007
       
LOS ANGELES COUNTY       
Carmenita/ABC                                   891    898
Fedde/ABC                                         642    622
Haskell/ABC                                       798    800
Ross/ABC                                            745    726
Tetzlaff/ABC                                       794    777
Torch Middle/Bassett                           770    735
El Roble Intermediate/Claremont         828    813
Las Palmas Intermediate/Covina          752    731
Sierra Vista Intermediate/Covina         762    749
Traweek Intermediate/Covina              724    710
East Whittier Middle/ E Whittier          784    753
Granada Middle/E Whittier                  801    783
Hillview Middle/E Whittier                   751    743
Goddard/Glendora                               861    841
Sandburg Middle/Glendora                   833    823
Cedarlane Middle/HLP                          745    708
Grandview Middle/HLP                         708    663
Mesa Robles Middle/HLP                       885    901
Newton Middle/HLP                              812    803
Orange Grove MiddleHLP                       783    764
Sierra Vista Middle/HLP                        701    678
Sparks Middle/HLP                               736    714
Bell Gardens Int/Montebello                 642    623
Eastmont Int/Montebello                      668    682
La Merced Int/Montebello                     677    655
Macy Int/Montebello                             760    737
Montebello Int/Montebello                    673    656
Suva Int/Montebello                              639    624
Emerson Middle/Pomona                       621    628
Fremont Middle/Pomona                       646    620
Lorbeer Middle/Pomona                        839    834
Marshall/Pomona                                  664    656
Palomares Middle/Pomona                     648    660
Simons Middle/Pomona                          679    683
Muscatel Middle/Rosemead                    817    778
Alvarado Middle/Rowland                       835    822
Giano Middle/Rowland                           703    732
Rincon Middle/Rowland                          743    749
Chaparral Middle/Walnut                       890    897
South Pointe Middle/Walnut                   867    863
Suzanne Middle/Walnut                          911    895
Edgewood Middle/West Covina               742    730
Hollencrest Middle/West Covina             791    747
       
ORANGE COUNTY       
Brea Jr/Brea-Olinda                                  857    835
Ladera Vista Jr/Fullerton Ele                     803    785
Nicolas Jr./Fullerton Ele                             678    675
Parks/Fullerton Ele                                    891    888
Imperial Middle/La Habra                           718    701
Washington Middle/La Habra                      703    695
Lakeside Middle/Irvine                               921    917
Rancho San Joaquin/Irvine                          939    919
Sierra Vista Middle/Irvine                           925    914
South Lake Middle/Irvine                            914    900
Venado Middle/Irvine                                  899    900
Kraemer Jr/Placentia-Yorba Linda               767    749
Tuffree/Placentia-Yorba Linda                     815    822
Yorba (Bernardo) /Placentia-Yorba Linda      862    831
Yorba Linda Middle/Placentia-Yorba Linda    848    841
       
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY       
Canyon Hills Jr./Chino                                 881    859
Magnolia Jr./Chino                                      751    753
Ramona Jr./Chino                                       710    727
Woodcrest Jr/Chino                                    743    734
 
YSC Activities in the San Gabriel Valley
AQMD

AQMD Chemist Shows Effects of Smog at  August Field Trip


Below:  Summer Director Phyllis Vandeventer with Alverno High School
volunteer holding tarantula at the YSC exhibit, Arcadia Water Festival in October

Water Fest



   Judy Chong, Vicky Soong and Rolin Soong at the YSC booth at the
Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona in September

Pomona Fair 2008


John Chiang 2008

  YSC met with State Controller John Chiang in October at the residence of Tom Chang in Hacienda Heights.
   From left to right,  Judy Chong, Rolin Soong, Vicky Soong, John Chiang and Ron Chong.
 
Support the Youth Science Center
It's the end of the year and if you are thinking of making a donation to the Piggy Donation
Youth Science Center, now is the time.  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
48th Agriculture District
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 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.  The office is also open on Saturday. 

Shown below from left to right,  Judy Chong, MSAC Trustee Dr. David Hall, Vicky Soong, MSAC President Dr. John Nixon and Ron Chong at the 48th Ag Teacher Appreciation Day on October 25th.  The YSC had an exhibit table at the event which was held at CalPoly.

48th Ag Day 2008                                                                             
TIMSS Report for 2007 Science and Math Testing
Timss logo Math Gains Reported for U.S. Students

By SAM DILLON
Published: December 9, 2008
New York Times

American fourth- and eighth-grade students made solid achievement gains in math in recent years and in two states showed spectacular progress, an international survey of student achievement released on Tuesday found. Science performance was flat.

The results showed that several Asian countries continued to outperform the United States greatly in science and math, subjects that are crucial to economic competitiveness and research.

The survey, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or Timss, found that fourth-grade students in Hong Kong and eighth-grade students in Taiwan were the world's top scorers in math, while Singapore dominated in science at both grade levels.
"We were pleased to see improvements in math, and wished we'd seen more in science," said Stuart Kerachsky, acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Education Department, which carried out an analysis of the performance of American students on the test.

The latest Timss study, the world's largest review of math and science achievement, involved testing a representative sample of students in each country in 2007, the first time the tests had been administered since 2003. The results included fourth-grade scores from 36 countries and eighth-grade scores from 48 countries. The tests cover subjects taught in all the participating countries, including algebra, chemistry, geometry and physics.

For the complete NY Times article, click here.  The summary Timss report can be obtained by clicking on the link in the article, "Survey, Highlights from Timss 2007."

                      Science Scores for 2007 (Average is 500)

       Grade 4                                             Grade 8
     Singapore (587)                                Singapore (567)
     Taiwan (557)                                    Taiwan (561)
     Hong Kong (554)                               Japan (554)
     Japan (548)                                      South Korea (558)
     Russia (546)                                      England (542)
     Latvia (542)                                      Hungary (539)
     England (542)                                   Czech Republic (539)
     USA (539)                                         Slovenia (539)
                                                            Hong Kong (530)
                                                            Russia (530)
                                                            USA (520)


                           Math Scores for 2007 (Average is 500)

         Grade 4                                          Grade 8
      Hong Kong (607)                             Taiwan (598)
      Singapore (599)                              South Korea (597)
      Taiwan (576)                                  Singapore (593)
      Japan (568)                                    Hong Kong (572)
      Kazakhstan (549)                            Japan (570)
      Russia (544)                                    Hungary (517)
      England (541)                                 England (513)
      Latvia (537)                                    Russia (512)
      Netherlands (535)                           USA (508)
      Lithuania (530)                               Lithuania (506)
      USA (529)                                       Czech Republic (504)

        Note the big drop from Japan to Hungary in the 8th Grade math scores.
    



Hands-On Science Learning via FETCH!
Fetch logoGet your kids involved with science with these hands-on activities for ages 6 to 10.  The activities are an extension of the PBS FETCH! program, hosted by the animated Ruff Ruffman.  The program can be seen daily Monday through Saturday on KCET, Channel 28 at 3:30 p.m.

The current activities can be viewed and downloaded from this website.   Here is a list of projects:
 

Big Fetch


These easy, hands-on activities are great for eight- to ten-year olds. It's science, engineering, problem solving, and fun all rolled into one. Each activity has step-by-step instructions and age-appropriate explanations of the main idea.

All Wound Up
Power a racecar with a rubber band? Yup! Ready, set, roll!

Blow It Away
Make traveling a breeze with a vehicle that's part car, part sailboat!

Canine House of Cards
Construct a paper building strong enough to support a jumbo dog biscuit.

Crazy About Kites
Experiment with kite design to make the best-flying indoor kite. Up, up, and away!

Eat Like a Bird
Learn how beak type relates to what it eats and where it lives. It's feeding time!

Float My Boat
Load tinfoil boats with pennies to learn about floating and sinking. Dive in!

Go Fly a Kite
Build an indoor kite and learn what makes it fly. Hang on to your hats!

Hang Time
Build some whirlygigs and race them. The winner hits the ground LAST!

Help Wanted
Ruff has a knack for getting himself into trouble! Find out what the problem is and hire a scientist to help.

Ice Cream Shake
Make ice cream and learn the science behind frozen treats. Shake things up!

Design a Flavor
Invent an ice cream flavor and conduct a taste test. Make a treat that can't be beat!

Operation Espionage
Make invisible ink and reveal a secret message!

Race for Survival
You are a predator hunting for prey in this relay race. Better move fast-your survival depends on it!

Rescue Mission
Design a hook, retrieve the capsule, and carry it to dry land. To the rescue!

Set It Straight
Tinker with a tabletop see saw and teach it a few new tricks!

Size It Up
Turn a small picture into a gigantic one. Seeing is believing!

Stack 'Em Up
Build a tower just out of cups. Remember, the sky's the limit.

Throw Your Weight Around
See how your body constantly adjusts so you can stay upright. Let's move it!

Toy Chemistry
Mix up a gooey solid that you can mold and stretch into weird shapes. This is chemistry at its craziest!

Train Your Brain
Will this challenge trick you? See how quickly you can retrain your brain!

Under Pressure
Support a book with a sheet of paper? Give your paper a workout and make it stronger!

What Gives?
Can you build a suspension bridge out of cardboard that won't collapse under the weight of a pile of books?

Whodunit?
Uncover the identity of a mystery powder-the secret is in the science!

                                                                                                                 
Entertainment 2009 Book Sale Ends in December
Enter 2009This is your last chance to purchase an Entertainment Book for 2009.   They make great Christmas gifts.  We have the San Gabriel Valley ($20) and Orange County ($35) available.  Out-of-area books can be special ordered.

The books quickly pay for themselves with their many offeres for dining, lodging and entertainment.

 Books can be mailed for a $5 shipping and handling charge, or they can be picked up at the YSC office. 

Silent Auction Items For Sale

   Jewelry items from our silent auction.  First bidder takes the item.
 
Item 87.  Abalone Necklace Set.  The necklace is made
out of the inside of an abalone shell.  Matching rectangular
earrings complete the set.  Value $160, priced at $80.

Item 88.  Mother of Pearl Necklace Set.  A Sterling silver
necklace and earrings.  The lacy looking silver is
highlighting the oval opal in the center of the pendant.
Value $200, priced at $120.

Item 89.  Black Swarovski Necklace.  A black and
sterling silver necklace pendant.  The intricate silver
is highlighting the angular black crystal.  Value $250,
priced at $110.

Item 90.  Red Coral Necklace Set.  A colorful red coral
necklace set in sterling silver.  Value $185, priced at $95.


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New YSC Tee-Shirts Available
red tee shirt
     The new YSC logo with the slogan, Inform, Instruct, Inspire are available for purchase.
The blue and yellow logo can be ordered in red, white, blue and grey materials.  Sizes
available are children's S-M-L-XL and adults S-M-L-X-XL-XXL-XXXL.   Cost is only $10.
Size XXL and XXXL are $3 extra.   This is a fundraising project for the YSC.  Prices are
for pickup at the YSC office.   Tees can be mailed for $3 each for shipping and handling.
To order:  Send a check for the amount to YSC, 16949 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights,
CA 91745. 

     The tees are silk-screened by YSC parent Maria Magana.   Call if you are interested in
having tees for your school or organization. 
 

Announcements


Asian American Expo at Puente Hills Mall.  December 20 and 21.  An indoor fair with entertainment,  drawings and free gifts.

Science Saturdays at CalTech's Beckman Auditorium.  Stunning HD movies serve as the springboard for lively discussions with Caltach scientists about the science behind the beauty and wonder of nature and space.  Programs begin at 2 pm.  Recommended for ages 8 and up.  $5 per person.
 
    Weird Nature - Marvelous Motion.  January 31.  Walking on two legs is very weird.  To go faster, humans use almost any other alternative.   Innovative camera techniques reveal animals moving in extraordinary ways.

    Hidden Universe:  LIVE! -- Life and Death in the Cosmos.  Explore the life and death of cosmic objects
beyond the light that our eyes can see through the eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.


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.




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.
 
  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.  These make good stocking stuffers.

Zcardz

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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 11:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M.  During the Christmas break the Center will be closed December 20 through January 5.   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 and Carla Neiswender
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              Leon Garcia                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:  January 15, 2008
 
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