YOUTH SCIENCE CENTER

Rating: 4.99 stars   91 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 16949 Wedgeworth Dr Room 8 Hacienda Heights CA 91745 USA

Mission: Provides an enrichment program in math, science and technology for Grades K-7.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been teaching with the YSC for 10 years. It's a chance to teach students in a way that fuels their curiosity and creative problem solving skills. The organization has carved out a space for hi tech, hands-on, minds-on learning that is reminiscent of college and higher ed lab courses, yet is geared for K-8th grade students. Students surprise themselves with their own innovative thinking, make new friends with other divergent thinkers, and develop a deeper love of learning.
I have met so many wonderful students, parents, and teachers working with the YSC. So many faces light up with the learning that happens there. It is truly one of my favorite times of the year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recreate this format at schools around the world. Hands-On learning programs have been slowly finding their way into mainstream education. The maker movement is a great example of how contagious this teaching/learning model is. All children deserve the chance to work with advanced tools, think on complex ideas, and to build a foundation in 21st century skills. The YSC could expand this model and cultivate a new generation of cross platform innovators.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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This is an amazing program. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to work for the Youth Science Center. The administrative staff is so great to work with. Supportive, resourceful, flexible, and professional. It was great to be able to create and teach my own programs. Inspired me to become a better teacher in the classroom during the school year. Imagine what they could do with more money?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Both their on site programs and out reach programs have shown results with Migrant Ed students, G.A.T.E. students in lower income regions, and students from traditionally high performing schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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I have been teaching at YSC for about 20 years. I started after my oldest son was enrolled. All three of my children have attended YSC and loved all the classes they took. It inspired me to develop a class so I could teach there. My first class I taught for YSC was Crime Lab. I have been teaching it ever since. I am so fortunate to be able to teach science and facilitate learning. I develop my own courses which is so awesome and I love teaching because it is real teaching with a hands-on, minds-on approach to learning. Common Core is now here but YSC has been here for years and it is what Common Core is striving to reach. The Be a Science Olympian and Got Science are some classes that take all disciplines of science into the class and require kids to think and be critical thinkers. the ultimate goal in education- to deepen knowledge, inspire future Scientists and to support STEM (Science Tech Engineering and Math) YSC classes include all of these 4 as student learn and have fun while making critical thinking come alive. We are developing students' interests in future STEM fields.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more kids involved and have the budget to do better advertising. Spread the word.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I am a teacher at YSC and my 3 children (all adults now) went through the YSC classes for many years. Staff cares about kids and adults. We do good things for kids. We get them to think and use their minds to think and react to experiences which will prepare them for their future as they enter middle school, high school, college and the workforce. Hands-on, minds-on is what YSC is all about. Not only do they do but they think why.
Conclusions are generated based on the hands-on they experience. In some cases, science notebooks are used for recording observations and data collected.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal experience is 2-fold: Science Educator and Parent. My experiences as a science educator is that students are getting" beyond textbook" experiences and opporutunities. My experience as a parent of children who attended is that they learned more than just science, but opportunities for collaboration, expression of scientific theory and why.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding and larger site to run this organization. I would also give them more PR.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Run by a small staff but hits a large community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my 30th year teaching at the Youth Science Center in Hacienda Heights. I have to tell you that it is the most exciting and uplifting career enhancing organization I've ever been involved with. As an elementary school educator, you rarely get a chance to teach outside the core standards set by a district, so teaching for YSC releases creativity and deeper interest in many fields of science. I have been able to develop and teach classes that appeal to children- such as inventions, rocks and gems, tidepool animals, human body, toys in space, magnets, circus acrobatics, astronomy, weather instruments, and glow in the dark phenomena. Stimulating a child's curiosity is such a rewarding "AHA!" feeling. The support given to me by the administering staff is phenomenal!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage local businesses to support in funds, time or materials (technical or other) that could be used to further programs for the YSC. Ideally, a set aside building with classrooms could house all the paraphernalia that is used by teachers by forming a museum.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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The Youth Science Center in the San Gabriel Valley has fantastic scientifically literate enthusiasts on its board and in the community. My involvement was first as a mother of 3 boys 25 years ago - looking for a place to interest my sons in a science field. Through YSC classes, workshops, guest speakers and field trips, my sons went to college to learn more about a particular science field. The hands-on classes were so interesting that I soon became a active volunteer and then an elementary school science coordinator. I gained an appreciation of tidepool animals (pretty much outside our back door) and geology (rocks and minerals) and it influenced my personal teaching skills. All students attending classes learn what that particular scientist does in the real world so that they can pursue their passion as they grow.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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As a teacher and a board member, I am amazed at the dedication to science education offered by the YSC. This summer, YSC offered 5 weeks of hands-on science experiences to the youth in our communities. It is a pleasure to meet and teach the youth, and also to educate the parents through them. YSC also has many high school and adult volunteers who serve selflessly to support the rigorous content. Hats off to the volunteers as many offer support through their knowledge of technology and science interests. They are the best!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my grandson's understanding of science concepts. He relates much of what he learned and experience this summer into his daily life. The sugar crystals he grew are now ready to be tasted! Now he wants to try other white powders to see what crystals form.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see them in a stand alone museum/education center. That way they wouldn't have barriers to hours of operation and would have complete access to all the exhibits at any time.

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About 25 years ago, I was looking for a place to send my 3 sons for science / educational opportunities. Their teachers at their school were not interested in presenting stimulating hands on science, but read science texts and had students answer questions at the end of the chapter. The only science summer camps I knew of were in downtown Los Angeles, about 25 miles away. I heard through a friend about the Youth Science Center offering after school mini-classes with emphasis on different science phenomena in our local area. We were WOWed when we attended a class on GLOW-In-the-Dark chemicals and how they light up because of chemical reactions! The Youth Science Center soon began offering summer classes in Hacienda Heights. After attending a few classes, we were hooked! So much, so, that it greatly improved my effectiveness as a science teacher! I began teaching classes at the YSC during the summer, and now I couldn’t think of anything more enriching to my profession. In fact, my 6 year old grandson took his first class of Balance in the Circus last year! I firmly believe that anyone could find their passion in a science field through the Youth Science Center!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my ability to understand and share my passion for science. I have since developed a science program for my K-5 school district. Working with scientists and other professionals, I returned to college to earn my M.A. in Curriculum and Development.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them establish a permanent site so that school groups would be able to visit and attend classes.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the attitude that everyone can benefit and have fun while becoming science literate.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful and enthused about what they do. The principal and museum director of the YSC checked with teachers every day to ask if they have what they need to teach their unit in science in an interactive way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a museum that could house their extensive collections.

Ways to make it better...

the YSC could easily access the materials they have.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

publicity and monetary support to further their mission.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there have been many volunteers over the years that have contributed to making the YSC a relevant, and highly successful venture for science education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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The Youth Science Center, a non-profit science facility for elementary children, has been operational for over 20 years. It is a learning magnet to children and their parents who want to expand young peoples creativity, talent and potential in the scientific arts, for beyond what regular teaching facility's are able to do in this evolving area.
Children are exposed to physics, botany, biology, space science in creative, exciting, safe and wondrous ways by a capable staff of science loving teachers and administrators. YSC provides multi-tasking opportunities for hands on experiences from robotics to rocketry, plants to animals, computers to chemistry-No wonder children keep coming back year after year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an elementary science teacher for over twenty years, I know first-hand the positive impact YSC makes on children at all levels, The programs offered provide enriching opportunity for students to develop a real love for exploration and discovery ... exactly what science is! Applying hands-on processes, fostering inquiry, and gaining an understanding of the world around them beyond the everyday classroom...that is the Hacienda Youth Science Center experience!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Youth Science Center strives for excellence at all levels. They want students to explore science concepts by doing, not just listening. Each hands-on experience moves a child closer to true, discovery learning. Awesome job, YSC!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have worked at Youth Science Center for a few years now and can honestly say that YSC exemplifies teaching at its best! Its not your read from the textbox style, its loaded with discovery and a passion for the subjects at hand. The children come away with not only a greater understanding of the concepts, but a thurst to learn more! (And they leave with the tools and skills to do so.) I am literally honored to be able to teach there!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our students learn.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I won the lottery I would assist YSC in reaching more young monds!

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3 people found this review helpful

I have been teaching for the YSC for 6 years. I have enjoyed each experience. I especially appreciate the leadership of Mr. Ron and Judy Chong. They are well organized and provide all the support a teacher needs to succeed. I can tell they enjoy the children and the staff under them. They also look to the future and want to provide the most up-to-date curriculum and resources necessary to capture a student's attention.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Teaching for them in many subject areas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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3 people found this review helpful

The Youth Science Center (YSC) offers an engaging, standards-based curriculum to our students in teh Mountain View School District. For the past five years, YSC has expanded the minds of our students by providing them with hands-on experiences in astronomy, robotics, and life science. Students benefit from these high interest activities with deeper knowledge of the sciences and its relationship to everyday life. This opportunity is invaluable to our students. The program is well-designed. The YSC staff help to ensure that the program runs smoothly and effectively.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our students have benefited from this hands-on science program by deepening their knowledge and understanding of teh sciences.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The ease and service orientation of YSC makes then an invaluable resource to teh San Gabriel Valley community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The program director and project lead are very focused and efficient in their work and communications.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Greatly strengthen teh knowledge and undertsanding of teh sciences which are greatly needed in today's world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I was a teacher for the Youth Science Camp for 2010 for two weeks. I taught fossils one week and the other matter. It was such a great experience for the kids because they got to included in hands on experiments! Even better, the camp was free which helped alot of the kids families since they come from low socio-economic communities. I will definately want to participate in it again!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the children's whole attitude towards school. they continue to realized that science CAN be fun and amazing!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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