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Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Primary & Elementary Schools, Science & Technology Museums

Mission: Provides an enrichment program in math, science and technology for Grades K-7.

Community Stories

100 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the first year my 9 yr old daughter attended the YSC camp. One of our friends, an engineer, recommended our daughter attend the camp. My daughter participated in three weeks of full time classes. She loved every minute and most importantly was exposed to various genres of science ie physics, engineering, math, biology, etc. The teachers were able to inspire her and every day she explained in great detail the things she learned. One particular episode stands out; In her rocketry class there were 2 girls and 9 boys and they had a contest, boys against girls on whose rocket could fly the farthest. Each team had 4 attempts and my daughter's rocket won every time. She told me she felt the pressure as the other girls rocket didn't fly very far but she said "I can do this" and she did. Never in the 30 years of classes had a girls team won all four attempts! It taught her to not be afraid and to believe in oneself. As a professional in the science field, I am very pleased with the program, recommended it to several of my girl scout troop girls. We will participate in the program next year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parent, and educator...I highly recommend this program. It’s highly engaging classes and excellent teachers set it apart from other summer programs. My boys have attended classes for the past 4 years and absolutely love it! Definitely a highlight of our summer!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was in the summer camp. He had great time there. We will send him for next summer for sure!!! Great experience.

Elaine H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We started taking the summer science program since my boys were in kinder. It's been 7 years, and my boys still love the different variety of classes every year.

They've taken classes such as art, rocket launch, chemistry, dinosaur, oceanography, dissection, volcano, snakes, rainforest, 3D printing, game design and much more.

One of their favorite classes is Minecraft class. I have never seen them so excited going to any class before.

My favorite part about sending my boys to YSC is when they share and explain what they've learned during classes. "Mom, do you know how to.... Do you know why......" They teach me something I've never heard and learned before. Very impressive!!!!

Besides summer camp program, YSC also comes to our school for after school program. My boys have been to some other science after school programs. The biggest difference between other science program and YSC is instead of getting some fancy treat/gadget/toy (to attract kids) every week, they bring home their hand crafted project.

Highly recommend to everyone for summer program and after school program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was the first time that my son and daughter attend the classes at the YSC. My kids loved the classes and the teachers were very informative. The great thing about YSC was that I got to help out in both of the classes. I highly recommend this summer program for a fun and educational program.

Heather Smith

Donor

Rating: 5

YSC is an exceptional organization. I attended their annual dinner and heard inspiring stories of students who attended the summer programs and have gone on to MIT and other outstanding universities as a result of their exposure to science via YSC.

Hai H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very well organized summer camp, both my sons enjoyed all the classes and had a lot of fun, the teachers are very nice and professional, a lot of young volunteers provide help to the little kids. We have attended the summer camp in the past two years, definitely we come back next summer.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son is very interested in engineering. He has been building Legos since he was 6 and has shelving full of lego city sets, many with the age requirement of 16 and above. He is 11 years old now and has always had a very inquisitive mind. He loves the show "how it is made" and enjoys the evolution of time, the past, present and future. He was the one who brought 3D printing to my attention and demonstrated an interest in this. This is when a teacher at his middle school recommended Youth Science Center. He was enrolled in the 3D printing class and thoroughly enjoyed it with a yearning to return next year. This was money and time well spent.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has attended Youth Science Center for a number of years and each year he looks forward to the wonderful education! Youth Science Center provides skills-based instruction that is innovative, fun, and edifying.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Science Center is a fabulous place for children to learn science. The teachers are competent, compassionate, and creative. The administrators are accessible and excellent problem-solvers. The courses are interesting, entertaining, and cutting edge. Definitely worth the investment!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is our second year attending science camp during the summer. My two girls looove the hands-on classes. My 8 year old took all engineering classes and my five year old took a variety of K-1 classes that expanded her curiosity about the world around her. My five year old is still talking about Isaac Newton and gravity. They brought home bags of hands on experiments and science journals. Can't wait for next summer!

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Eileen Miranda J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Youth Science Center is an amazing resource and program located in the San Gabriel Valley, specifically Hacienda Heights. My daughters have been attending YSC for five (5) years and they enjoy the courses and instructors. Participation in YSC each Summer has increased their confidence and love of STEM related subjects. My eldest daughter has taken the rocket course every Summer and it did not fit our schedule this year and she was disappointed until she discovered the 3D printing class. My younger daughter jumped on board and they both loved creating various 3D objects for themselves and others as gifts. In the past they have studied astronomy, chemistry, math, art, rockets, energy, crime scenes, and many other fun and fascinating subjects. I am deeply appreciative of YSC and the impact they have had on STEM learning and access for students throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

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?

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids have been coming to YSC for years, My son has been coming since kindergarten (now he is in 4th grade), and my daughter has been coming since first grade. She volunteers now as an 8th grader and takes the older kids classes. I would not consider our summer complete without YSC. It is a great environment for not just learning but FUN learning. I dream and wish that everyday classrooms at school could be like this but thank God for summers at YSC. I wish all parents knew about YSC. They have great teachers who love to teach and my kids have done everything from art, dissecting frogs, using 3-D printers, CSI techniques, to gooey slime, to learning about reptiles, building rockets, etc. They love YSC and love the teachers there. I love listening to their stories from YSC cause I love to watch their faces light up as they passionately talk about much they enjoy learning. As a parent, you can't ask for better than that. I would give them 10 stars if I could!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the Youth Science Center, without their dedication and hard work to provide classes that are not only educational but FUN! My kids have learned so much and they were bummed when the classes ended. My four year old, Sawyer, told me that lizards can grow back their tails and that cats eat them. I want my kids to learn and know things that I can't provide ( I don't know anything about rockets) my daughter, Saylor got so much out of her Rocketeer class. Every mom I know who have brought their children here have always walked away saying they love the Youth Science Center. If I was wealthy, I would be one of the biggest donors to YSC. Ron and Judy and all the volunteers and the teachers are so great!!! Again, I say, I am so thankful for them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Every year I have enrolled my 2 children in different summer programs for enrichment. This year, a friend of ours recommended YSC and it was amazing! There are 3 sessions per day. Each session last only 1 week. The camp runs for 5 weeks, and parents are able to create their own schedule depending on interest and/or budget. We signed up our kids for 4 weeks for a full day of classes and they LOVED IT! After very session they could not wait to tell me what they did, what they learned and how cool it was.

At first, it was difficult to choose the classes to take because there is such a huge variety of classes. There are classes for all ages and interests. My 9 yr. old daughter loved all of her classes, but her favorite ones were her dissection class, robotics class and a class called "my body". My 8 yr. old son loved "the living ocean" , "motor mania " and his astronomy class. They learned so much in the 4 weeks and are super excited about science that I can't wait to sign them up again next year.

Since the kids were going to be taking classes all day, I decided to volunteer some of my time to help in a classroom. It was a truly rewarding experience. I got to participate and see first hand how knowledgeable the instructors were and how each student produces, experiences, investigates and re-creates the lesson at hand. This is NOT a "fill out this handout" experience. I can attest to the fact that during my time there, I never saw any student staring off into space or bored. All children were engaged and participating.

YSC promotes creativity, innovation, critical thinking and a deeper understanding of concepts because students "experience" science. Be prepared when you pick up you student at the end of their day for them to be full of paint and glue, hands full with everything they made that day and bubbling over with wonderful stories of how their day went. We will be definitely be back next year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune to enroll my children (summer of 2014) for the first time with the Youth Science Center program. My children enjoyed the program and learned while having fun! I am looking forward to enrolling my children in this program again next year. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this amazing program.

scienceldy

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 9 year participated for the 2nd year in a row and she loves all the classes that involve science. What was more surprising is that my 5 year loved all the classes he was involved. My kids were the first to wake up early in the morning to get ready to attend the science camp as opposed to trying to get them ready for the day. The learning is unique and inspiring and I will continue to let my kids participate this great program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 7 yr old daughter attended the YSC summer Science camp last year and she likes it so much that she requested to go back this year. We did 2 classes this summer again and she brought home fantastic work and she enjoyed the camp a lot. We will continue to support YSC!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been with ysc since 2007. My son was completely inspired by the teachers and the materials they teach there. Within a week, he learns more Science in one single class than he Would in a whole school year with the public school. After seven years later, ysc continues to offer new classes for him to take.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are lifetime members of YSC and love this organization! Our kids have enjoyed taking interesting classes these past 8 years and looks forward to it every summer. Classes such as 3D modeling, rocketry, digital photography and environmental Can It were all highlights for valuable hands-on learning.

The awesome staff are the most dedicated, caring and supportive team and spend countless areas preparing the classrooms, courses and working with the volunteers and teachers. It is also a great opportunities for older youths to volunteer and help lead the younger children and provide helpful support to the teacher. The teachers are also top notch with a real desire to watch and help children experience interactively. What I appreciate is how they value the importance of all areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) in making learning fun and relevant to the young minds of our future generation!!