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SUMMER  2016           

              VOLUME 54,          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
13th Annual Gala Will be October 22, 2016

Save the date for October 22nd when the YSC will have its 13th
Annual Gala at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier starting at 6 pm.   Los Angeles Community College Trustee Mike Eng will be the Master of Ceremonies.  Guest speakers will be Nanxi Liu, CEO of Enplug Inc. and named one of Forbes 30 under 30,  and Olga Batygin, Caltech Academic Affairs and Communications Manager and proponent of connecting young students with STEM.

     Honorees for 2016
      Ace Lee, Community Partner
      Alaric Qin, Alumnus Award
      Patrice Stanzione, Teacher of the Year
      Steven Bach, Volunteer of the Year
      Vivian Lam, Student Volunteer of the Year

 Student essay winners will be presented with awards.  This year's contest is dedicated to the memory of Ellen Gee, who was one of our essay judges last year and a former YSC parent.

  Tickets for individuals are $50, and $25 for ages 3 to 12.  Corporate and business tickets are $100 and table sponsorships are available.  Contact the YSC at 626-854-9825 for more information or send an email to [email protected]

   STEM Essay Contest rules can be obtained by clicking  here.
Students should also include their current grade level.  This year's essay theme is STEM at Home.

Our programs are only made possible by the generous support and charitable contributions of our giving community, corporate partners and foundations.  The impact vibrates for generations and inspires youth to pursue careers only once imagined.

   If you would like to make donation to support the Youth Science Center, please send to Youth Science Center, P.O. Box 5723, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745.   We thank you in advance for your support.


3D Printing Classes Attract Many Students

This summer's five 3D Printing Classes again proved to be popular with both boys and girls.  This year a Microsoft 3D Kinect scanner was added so that body images could be scanned and printed.  Next summer we will add two Rostock Max 3D printers which have a huge build volume.

  A tripod mounted Microsoft Kinect 3D camera is used to scan a student's upper body while she is being rotated on a turntable.  

  The classes are about evenly divided between boys and girls.  Above, some of the girls check the scanning progress on a 34-inch color monitor.

   Once the scan is complete the file is uploaded for conversion to a STL (STereo Lithography) file which can then be sent to the 3D printer. 

   "Funky City" designed by one of the 3D students features an elevated roadway.

   Miles White proudly shows off his design of Saturn and its rings which were printed on our Robo 3D Printer.  Students use Google Sketchup to design their projects.  

                 Minecraft Class Popular with Students

New this summer was the Minecraft class which was taught
by Nathan Wu, one of our former students.  Students designed there own Minecraft objects which were printed on a 3-D printer.  14 laptops were networked to a server which Nathan could monitor and all of the students had a competition on the last day of class.  Nathan has set up his own education nonprofit, STEMpowerment.org.

Several Minecraft classes were also given at our satellite Summer Camp at the Prime Time Basketball Association summer program in La Puente.
Student Volunteers Are an Important Part of Summer Program
Volunteers 2016

 Samson Hui, last year's Student Volunteer of the Year and Celeste Tran assist a student in coloring her drawing of Brinkley, the doggie owned 
by teacher Leanne Legind.

Our thanks to the 50 student volunteers who helped in our summer program.    Students worked as classroom aides, materials assistance,
and selling in the store and snack carts.

The 2016 student volunteers are as follows:

Alex Pina
Amy Tong
Andrew Reynoso
Ashley Tsai
Ashley Yuen
Atom Ramirez
Carlos Castillo
Carol Li
Celeste Tran
Chanel Young
Chester Liang
Corey Chen
Ethan Kong
Edgar Magana
Isaac Xu
Isabella Aventino
Jake Isaac
James Lucero
Jason Liao-Zheng
Jay Donath
Jessica Leung
Jessica Yang
Justin Wu
Katie Chau
Kenneth Chen
Kiana Lim
Kimberley Wong
Krysten Tran
Lauren Le
Megan Lien
Melanie Wu
Michelangelo Young
Nathan Chen
Nicholas Chin
Nikki Tran
Ophelia Sung
Orion Ayala
Patrick Yu
Priscilla Liu
Queenie Liu
Ronald Li
Rosanna Liu
Ryan Do
Ryan Lien
Sabrina Yu
Samson Hui
Sarah Kung
Sean Tong
Ton Huang
Van Liang
Vivian Lam
Zachary Gomez

Science Center After School Classes 

  The YSC's afterschool programs are available to come to your school.  Topics include model rocketry, aerodynamics, 3D printing, electronics, chemistry, physics, biology and botany.  For more information please contact Diana Padilla at (626) 562-7818.   Anyone interested in after school teaching opportunities should also contact Diana.

   Our portable Starlab Planetarium is available for during school and evening programs.  We have upgraded to the latest version of Starry Night software which has many new capabilities along with a new MacBook Pro laptop.  Contact Ron Chong at (626) 854-9825 for details.

                                YSC Awards 2016 Science Minigrants

 Harpreet Dhir receives a $400 award presented by Deborah Monroe and Patricia Smith (right) at the August 11 HLPUSD Board Meeting.

 Each year the YSC awards minigrants to teachers in the Hacienda La Puente School District.  Awards of up to $400 each are presented to the teachers.  This year the minigrant recipients are Maggie Jardine and Kevin Thielen of  Temple Academy and Harpreet Kaur Dhir of Sparks Elementary.    This year's topics were "Structures and Properties of Matter" (Maggie Jardine),  "Rocks and Minerals" (Kevin Thielen), and "Life Science: Preservation" (Harpreet Dhir). 

Donations Received By YSC  

   Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 1994 for a $250 donation from their Scout Cookie Drive.  The troop is based at Los Molinos School with students from Mesa Robles and Wedgeworth Schools.  Troop leader is Mrs. Krystal Nunez.

  Girl scouts presenting the check to Ron Chong, Diana Padilla
  and Judy Chong

   A $471 donation from the employees of online gaming company Warpportal was received through Network for Good.

   The Boeing Employee Community Fund awarded the YSC a $5,000
grant for general operating support.   

   Judy Ennis made a generous donation in the memory of her former teaching colleague Diane Hinchman at Del Valle Elementary.  Diane was one of our wonderful summer teachers with her popular "Marvelous Math" classes.

   Young Eagles Take Flight

  A group of YSC students participated in a Young Eagles flight program on August 13th.  Students took a flight training class to learn how an airplane operates.  After a pre-flight checkout of the aircraft, the students took off for a flight around the Riverside area and got to handle the controls of the airplanes.  The training program took place at the historic Riverside Flabob Airport which opened in 1925. 

An EAA Student Membership is available FREE of charge to any young person age 8 - 18 who has completed a Young Eagles flight. A Young Eagles flight is just the beginning to exciting experiences in aviation and is free! Find a free Young Eagle flight here.
Visit YoungEagles.org/join and enter the unique code that came with your logbook to activate your FREE EAA Student Membership.
Membership is free and includes:
  • FREE access to Sporty's Learn to Fly Course ($199 value).
  • FREE first flight lesson* ($120 value).
  • FREE admission to 300+ science and technology museums.
  • FREE Academy of Model Aeronautics Student Membership
  • FREE electronic copy of EAA Sport Aviation magazine.
  • Access to valuable flight training awards, education scholarships, and Air Academy camperships.
*Upon completion of the first three volumes of the Sporty's Learn to Fly Course

  YSC students get ready to board the airplane 
  for a flight around Riverside

                                 YSC Teacher Yvonne Bradley Passes

  Yvonne shown assisting one of her Lego robotics students in doing
  the programming steps.  Picture taken July 5, 2016.

   Yvonne Bradley passed away unexpectedly on August 14, 2016.  She taught the YSC Lego robotics classes for the past 3 summers.  She really enjoyed teaching the robotics classes and seeing her students progress.
We will greatly miss her.  Yvonne was a Computer Technology Teacher for the Rowland Unified School District.

                    POKEMON GO

Sorry, the YSC at Bixby is not a Pokestop.  For those of you wanting to know how to play Pokemon Go,
click on this link.  

Pokemon Go players and cell phone users should
not bend their necks looking at the screen.  According to the August 2016 Costco Connection, this puts too much pressure on the cervical spine and causing "text neck" which may lead to headaches and disk degeneration.  It's best to hold the cellphone so you don't have to bend your head downwards.

Asian Schools use the Math Mastery Approach to Teach Students

Under the mastery approach, students learn a specific concept before moving on to more complex ideas,
and all students perform the same work at the same time.

By contrast students in the US use the 'mindset approach' which aims to teach students to have a more intuitive understanding of math concepts and starts with a broader concept before breaking down a math problem into the specific steps for solving.

Read the entire article by clicking on the following link:

Math Mastery

Source:  Yahoo! Finance, July 24, 2016

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48th Ag District News

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Read the latest 48th Ag Summer 2016 newsletter here.    Highlights of the annual student exhibit fair held last May at the Pomona Fairplex are given in this issue.

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. or go to

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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 Monday, 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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Please call ahead at (626) 588-7818 if you wish to visit.
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
Victor Wu                                             Summer Registration:  Caroline Weatherford  
Members of the Board of Directors:                     Star Lab Instructors:  Patricia Smith, Lyle Majeska
Scott Bevans                                                         and Karla Magana
John Kirkham
Piyusha Perera                                                
Vicky Soong                                                          Sales Associate:  Haley Chappell
Derek Rojas                                                          Member at Large: Rolin Soong , Kim Bach, Pat Smith, Judy Chong  
Phyllis Vandeventer                                               Administrative Aide: Kevin Torres
William Lundberg                                               &n