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SPRING 2015               

 NUMBER 2   



Youth Science Center is in
Room 17 at Bixby Elementary School
(across from Wilson High School)
16446 Wedgeworth Drive
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
(626) 854-9825
Get set for another exciting summer of science fun!  Tell your friends and get
a $25 certificate for any new family that signs up for classes.  These certificates can be used to take classes or in the YSC store.
This year's program has been expanded by almost 40% with over 100 exciting classes to choose from, including "Don't Be Alarmed", "Explore the Engineer Inside You,"  "How to be a Better Science Olympian,"  "Science Magic," and "The Big Blue Ball."   Last year's popular 3D printing class returns for 5 weekly sessions.
Go to our website, www.youthsciencecenter.org to download a copy of the summer brochure and a registration form.   Please mail the application to YSC, PO Box 5723, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Middle and High School volunteers are needed to be teacher aides in the classrooms for the summer program.   A volunteer application can be downloaded here.


Youth Science Center News 


Save the Date!


                                                              This year our awards gala will be a luncheon held at the new 

                                                            Rowland Heights Community Center on Saturday, November 7.

                                                                It will feature the essay contest winners, honorees and

                                                                                                    guest speakers. 

YSC Board Member and Science Educator Dee Rathman with husband Tom Rathman get St. Marks Lutheran Elementary School students involved with making CO2 gas at their annual Science Day on April 24th.
New YSC Board of Director Members
   At the April 27 board meeting, the following new directors were elected:
    Ahmad Iqbal.  Ahmad heads BPM Advisors, a strategy and management consulting firm in La Canada-Flintridge.
    Carol Marzouk.  Carol has much experience in executive coaching and organizational development and has a consulting business, "Leadership 'N' Soul."
    Victor Wu.  Victor is a CPA with an office located in Rowland Heights.
    Phyllis Vandeventer and Ted Ebenkamp were re-elected to the board
of directors.


YSC Student Elisha Johnston Wins a First Place in the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Section
at the Los Angeles County Science Fair

Organic and Conventional Chicken under the Microscope: A Pilot Study: Comparing Protein Quality


Working carefully with his science coach and Youth Science Center teacher Paul Burns, Elisha was able to provide suggestive evidence showing that organic chicken has superior nutritional quality over conventional chicken. It is well-known that organic chicken is safer, because it is less likely to have antibiotic resistant bacteria. Research results comparing nutritional content are limited to the finding that organic chicken has more healthy fatty acids. To assess differences in protein quality, Elisha developed a novel, low-cost approach consisting of soaking chicken breasts in marinade for two hours, taking a cross-section of the chicken breast, and then using a digital microscope to measure the depth of marinade penetration. Elisha used a well-known statistical procedure (the t-test) to draw his conclusion of suggestive evidence shows that organic chicken has higher quality protein than conventional chicken. In his discussion, Elisha points out that eating higher quality protein may have positive health effects. In brief, he cites literature indicating that if a person eats higher quality protein, his (or her) liver will have less of a burden when synthesizing proteins and this may increase a feeling of well-being.  



The YSC was pleased to be the sponsoring organization for Elisha's project.

Elisha will be entering his project in the California State Science Fair on May 18-19. 

Elisha is the son of Michael and Bo Xiao Johnston of Santa Monica.


YSC Selected as a Microsoft Community Partner
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As part of the award, the YSC has received 12 Dell laptops with 15.6 inch touchscreens from the Microsoft Store in Los Cerritos Center.  They will be used in this summer's 3D printing classes.
These laptops have the Windows 8.1 operating system, 6 GB of memory and 1 Tbyte hard drives.   They will be used in our 3D printing classes this summer.   Our thanks to Microsoft Los Cerritos Center store for the generous donation.


Bixby Elementary Students Launch Rockets

    April 23 -- Bixby Elementary students launched their SpaceX rockets under the guidance of YSC rocket instructor Lyle Majeska.  Our thanks to SpaceX for providing the model rockets.










                                           APRIL 30, 2015.  

Energy Storage for a Sustainable Home

Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup.  A single wall mounted battery will cost $3,500 and is charged by solar panels.                                                                   Daniel Talancon (Ph.D. Mech Engin, Cal Berkeley) our alumnae honoree last year is on the research and development team in Palo Alto.      The batteries are being manufactured at Tesla's facility in Reno.  See Elon Musk's solution for sustainable energy with the Powerwall at  teslamotors.com/powerwall


Extra-Curricular Programs In California Contribute To STEM Careers

This article is presented in partnership with CA Lottery.

By Corey Whelan for CBS News Los Angeles




March 11, 2015.  Where can an inquisitive nine-year-old watch a robo-3D printer create a keychain of his own design, a squeamish 10-year-old learn the proper way of holding a tarantula spider or a group of eager six-year-olds launch SpaceX model rockets into the atmosphere? These astonishing, science-centric activities take place every day through Youth Science Center after-school programs, held within California's public school system.


Science-Nerds in Training


The Youth Science Center (YSC) is a non-profit organization with a stated goal of improving science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM education, for students in California. Operating since 1962, the small non-profit is manned primarily by a dedicated corp of teachers and parents who donate their time as volunteers. Founded in Fullerton, the group has recently found a new home at Bixby Elementary School in Hacienda Heights, California. Believing in the transformative power of STEM education, YSC turns eye-rolling youngsters into awe-inspiring scientists, poised to change the world and their futures, one at a time


Run by volunteers known as inquiry coaches, YSC works to expose young students to a wide range of science-centric genres, including physics and biology as well as engineering and math. The cutting-edge programs include Digital Star Lab, a planetarium which covers the entire solar system, comets, stars and constellations; and the Legendary Stories Workshop, which provides students an imagination forum within which to write their own, personalized "Legend in the Stars." The Youth Science Center is open year-round to the public and includes a wide range of hands-on, learning-focused activities. Free of charge, the Center is geared toward family exploration and group visits for classrooms. A free and extensive library of science books is also available for parents, teachers and students to borrow and use.


YSC provides students with a unique opportunity to delve deep into science via hands-on techniques, able to fuel their curiosity and enhance their creative problem solving abilities. A strong focus on hi-tech learning is in keeping with college-level work, yet is geared toward the interests and abilities of elementary school kids. The result is an intoxicating mix of multi-dimensional problem solving and an increased joy of STEM-based learning that surprises educators, parents and most importantly, the students themselves.


Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.




Community News


  Galster Park Nature Center.  A free arts and crafts activity is held the first Saturday of every month from 1 to 3 pm.


  The park is located at 1620 Aroma Drive, West Covina 91791.


   Southern California Junior Academy of Sciences.  Applications for the 2015-2016 are available and due on June 1, 2015.  Students do research under the guidance of college professors in the research area of their choice.  They will present their findings at the Southern California Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting in May 2016 at USC.   Learn more more about this opportunity by going to this link.




  3D Printing News:  Organs Made to Order

Anthony Atala works in the body shop of the future. He is the director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and he and his colleagues use human cells to grow muscles, blood vessels, skin and even a complete urinary bladder. Much of the work is experimental and hasn't yet been tested in human patients, but Atala has implanted laboratory-grown bladders into more than two dozen children and young adults born with defective bladders that don't empty properly, a condition that can cause kidney damage. The bladders were the first lab-generated human organs implanted in people. If they continue to perform well in clinical tests, the treatment may become standard not only for birth defects of the bladder but also for bladder cancer and other conditions.

  Read the entire May 2015 Smithsonian Magazine article here


These 3D-Printed Devices Can Repair Damaged Airways in Kids' Lung 

  May 4, 2015.


It's a medical breakthrough, thanks to a piece of technology most people are using to make plastic toys. Using a 3D printer, a group of researchers just tested this lifesaving device on three very sick infants.

Researchers at the University of Michigan have 3D-printed a device to keep infants' airways from collapsing. Designed to treat a rare pediatric disease, the airway splints are custom-printed to fit each patient, and they expand along with the child's growing airway and eventually reabsorb into the body.

  Read the entire Gizmodo article here.


Stratasys announces winners of Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge

3D printing competition highlights redesign innovation in art, architecture and engineering.

by Laura Griffiths

28 April 2015

Stratasys has revealed the winners of the 11th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.

The global contest gives students in secondary and post-secondary education the opportunity to redesign an existing product or create a new product that improves how a task is completed.

   See more at this link.


48th Ag District News

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Read the latest 48th Ag Spring 2015 newsletter here.  This newsletter contains a lesson for Grades K - 3 based on the book, "Tops and Bottoms," to get students familiar with fruits and vegetables.  The district will have its annual AgFair at the Pomona Fairplex May 12-16, 2015.  The theme is "Know Soil, Know Life."
The 48th DAA office is located at Building F10 Farm Road, Mt San Antonio College Campus, 1100 N Grand Avenue, Walnut 91789. They have a wide variety of agriculture resource materials available to teachers.  Teachers who receive the materials agree to have their students participate in the annual fair in May at the Fairplex in Pomona.   Phone (909) 274-2433 for more information.




The Youth Science Center is participating as a Museum Partner withShopforMuseums.com.  As a Museum Partner, anyone shopping online with their favorite national retailers can have a portion of their purchase directed to the Youth Science Center at no additional cost.ShopforMuseums.com is nationally recognized with hundreds of Museum Partners across the country. Whether you are in the market for books, office supplies, apparel, gifts, travel reservations, home improvement, school supplies, toys, electronics, flowers or gourmet food.  You name it, the place to start is at ShopforMuseums.com! 


Participation is simple and secure. To designate a portion of your next online purchase to (YOUR MUSEUM NAME HERE), simply:

   Go to www.ShopforMuseums.com.

  Log in.


  Then just click on the link of the store you want to visit and go about your shopping. Stores are organized by categories.

The percentage of your purchase will be tracked automatically as long as you begin each time at ShopforMuseums.com


Please use ShopforMuseums.com each time you shop online and spread the word to friends and family.  THE YOUTH SCIENCE CENTER appreciates your support.


Shopping for Back-to School supplies? Remember to use the ShopforMuseums.com online shopping portal and support us with FREE DONATIONS on each purchase you make!
College students, access great deals on dorm supplies, computers, textbooks and laptop bags.You can even support us when you even rent a vehicle to get your gear to school!
Need uniforms, art supplies, sneakers, laptops, backpacks and school supplies for your younger students? Shop your favorite stores- Old Navy, Gap, Sears, Dell, Staples, Walmart and hundreds more. Plus find exclusive savings.
Simply visit ShopforMuseums.com, select the Youth Science Center to receive a donation, then click through on any of the store links and do your shopping like you normally would. Once you check out, a percentage of your purchase amount becomes a free donation to the Youth Science Center. Thanks in advance for your support!


Visiting the Hacienda Heights Youth Science Center

The Youth Science Center operates a hands-on science center at Bixby Elementary School in Hacienda Heights.  The Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 4:30 pm.  Visitors should check in at the school office first to get directions to our location in Room 17. 
During the school year the YSC is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.  During the summer session June 8 - July 10, the YSC will
have office space in the Bixby School library from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm daily.
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 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.  




YSC Board of Directors:                                       Youth Science Center Staff:
Chairman: Ron Chong                                            Museum and Summer Director: Diana Padilla
Vice-Chairman:  Roger Huynh                                 
Treasurer:  Philip Teders                                       Summer Principals: Phyllis Vandeventer and Dee Rathman
Ted Ebenkamp                                     Summer Registration:  Caroline Weatherford  
Members of the Board of Directors:                     Star Lab Instructors:  Patricia Smith and Lyle Majeska
Ahmad Iqbal                       Carol Marzoud
Dee Rathman                      Vicky Soong                
Derek Rojas                                                          Member at Large: Rolin Soong, Liz Lin         
Phyllis Vandeventer             Victor Wu                    Kim Bach, Pat Smith, Judy Chong
                                                                             Program Development Officer:  Dr. Richard Shope  
                                                                             Project Manager:  Diana Padilla
                                                                             Project WET Instructor:  Nicole Hermann
                               Store Purchasing:  Vicky Soong
                                                                              Antenna Editor: Ron Chong
                                                                              Bookkeeping:  Edy Au and Vicki Lee

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