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.
I have only great things to say about the Youth Science Center. I am currently a student studying electrical engineering and business at the University of Pennsylvania, but my ties with the YSC go back to 3rd grade, when I was first enrolled in summer classes there. I was exposed to novel scientific concepts and hands-on activities that, truth be told, far exceeded the kinds of activities that I saw at school I attended. I later served the YSC as a volunteer and network administrator, and from that standpoint the experiences I had working for and with them were incredibly valuable. It is my sincere conviction that my experiences with the YSC positively influenced me in my younger years, and I can directly credit the YSC for inspiring me to pursue a career in engineering and design.
Having been associated with the Youth Science Center for over 8 years (first as a student, then as a volunteer), I think I can honestly say that what they do can really inspire and help children who, otherwise, would have limited exposure to the world of science and technology. The knowledge I gained from learning there and later volunteering there have proved invaluable.
It is so rewarding to know that my volunteering is helping YSC so that it can provide instruction in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, aka "science literacy", that not only leads to careers in the STEM areas, but also prepares students to become productive citizens and analytical thinkers. YSC's track record speaks for itself and their program prepares youth for careers that will make our country become even more competitive. It is gratifying to know that YSC's program, with its hands-on focus, is already aligned with the new "Next Generation Science Standards."
How rewarding an experience it is to be able to write grants for the Youth Science Center. What I like most is grants that target Title I schools with our Outreach program so that these students can access the same high quality STEM education programs at their home schools that more affluent students in other areas receive.
The The youth Science Center is a wonderful place for children to learn about their surroundings. The teachers are caring and informative about not only their classes but about fieldtrips and other topics their peers may be teaching. It is a place where it is fun to volunteer because you learn something too.
Last summer was the first time I got involved with the Youth Science Center. I was a volunteer and I enjoyed it! The teachers and staff were friendly and provided every chance for the children to learn and encouraged volunteers to see what fields in science they could get into. The Youth Science Center offered various field trips–from aviation to prosthetics! They also offered raffles and contests for students and parents. I am grateful for being given the opportunity to join the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Essay Contest and extremely happy that my essay was the winning entry for the high school division! We should have more organizations like YSC to promote education and form leaders in the science field. Thank you, YSC!
The Youth Science Center helps instill the passion for learning and promotes logic and reason in application to everyday life as well as some of the more unique circumstances they may encounter. From helping children with geology to woodworks to electronics classes, they offer a variety of different courses that are fun yet educational. I volunteered at the woodworks class and they stressed safety above all else; while the teachers are pretty lenient, they still mantain a picture perfect model of a classroom. While students try to expand their creative horizons by constucting works of art, they use their problem solving in order to overcome obstacles or using their skills in core subjects such as math to calculate how large an object will be, or how much wood to cut off to make an item. The only critism I can give is that the classes were a bit short, but that was probably due to the fact that I volunteered during the summer time, when most families go vacationing.
My kids have attended the summer sessions for 3 years and even though it's 20 miles away from our home it is well worth the drive! I can't say enough good things about the program they offer for the kids from over 60 different classes, to the well-trained teachers and staff! It's was a pleasure to go there. Every summer I tell my friends about their program. One year I even brought my Cub Scout Den after school to check out their hands on museum. I just wish they had a YSC closer to us or even in every School District!
As a principal of 16 years in the area serviced by the Youth Science Center I experienced the impact the center had on the children of the community. The summer program offered exciting learning opportunities in a wide range of areas. The cost of the program was reasonable and scholarships were offered to families with financial need. The Science Center also brought free programs to the schools on topics such as "Water". My own two children attended the summer program for many years. I can honestly say it was a life changing experience for both my son and daughter. The caring staff make it a fun place to learn.
Our family has been involved with YSC since my son was in kindergaten. I can not say enough good things about the program. The teachers that YSC selects, all have a passion for science and their love for science is evident in the classroom. I have always volunteered throughout the entire class time in my childs classes so I have the first hand privilege of observation. There are so many different areas of science that YSC exposes children to, and the teachers stretch the minds and imaginations of these children. This program is by far the best that we have been involved with. The individualized attention of the teachers is amazing. Over the years, my son has developed special relationships with the teachers, and I know the concepts taught at YSC have influenced his life long learning.
Youth Science Center is a non-profit organization helping children to feel the joy of science while expanding their intellectual capacity to participate in the scientific enterprise. The staff are caring administrators and the teachers are educators with expertise in fun and rigor. The students come ready to learn each day and the result is a truly wonderful environment to learn about science. Tell your story here and help others understand this charity
25 years ago, some friends and I started an offshoot to YSC Fullerton. As a Science teacher and friend, I hope I have contributed as much as the YSC has helped me grow.