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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

17 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.

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.

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Teddy3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Patti23

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Youth Science Center is a superb organization with quality programs that proves science can be fun for youngsters. I hope the YSC is able to form new partnerships in the future with surrounding school districts to help fill in the gaps that were left when our leaders in Sacramento gutted education funding.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A place of wonder, discovery, imagination, learning, and fun! Enthusiasm for learning and teaching is revitalized everyday by all. If science takes us into tomorrow, the Youth Science Center will be responsible for many great things.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

YSC is such a wonderful place. I have taught there for about 20 years. I was also a parent of 3 children who attended classes there from the time they were 5 until they were in 6th grade. I will first speak to the parent role. My children all had such wonderful experiences here at YSC, learning very young about the world through science. They had many friends who attended and it was a place where parents met after dropping off their children and chatted in the walkways about the experiences here. They learned that science was fun because of all the hands-on experiences. It was a safe and risk-free environment to learn in. As for my teaching there, I always tell people "this is what teaching is all about. " Facilitating learning and the love for science to help children become problem solvers and critical thinkers is what YSC is all about. I teach the older students, 4th-8th grade and they are so enthusiastic to come to YSC. I have been given the opportunity to teach many different classes of these years. Some more successful than other. The successful classes are taught for multiple years. Children smile coming in the gate and smile going out the gate with the knowledge and experiences they gained at YSC. At the end of a week long double length class I taught this summer, I had overheard a student speaking to a fellow classmate stating "I wish this class went another week." That is quite a testimony from a middle schooler. Kids, Parents and teachers all are treated with respect from the summer director and board of directors. I love teaching at YSC.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been teaching at YSC for more than 20 years now, and I can say that my experiences at YSC have been the most enjoyable of my 33 years as a science educator. YSC is very selective in its teachers and encourages its teachers to be creative and work "outside the box". They have been open to any of my ideas for my classes, have provided whatever I needed to make it happen, and supported me with whatever was needed in order to help me excel in my desire to provide students with top notch, fun, exciting science educational experiences. I have taught classes on kites, aerodynamics and airplane flight, photography, ocean currents, astronomy and model rocketry. Students in Model Rocketry classes build rocket kits and fly them at the end with solid rocket fuel engines. Parents and children come to the launch and their excited screams resonate in the neighborhood. Students made kites from scratch and flew them outside. They flew their flying objects in the airplane classes, and delighted in the "Starlab" portable planetarium show as part of the astronomy class. They learned the constellations and how to read star maps and did projects that updated them on current NASA missions.. Never have I taught anywhere else where I was appreciated and treated as the professional I am. Imagine, the principal herself drops by daily to ask if there is anything I need! This summer, I was physically challenged by illness, and the principal rounded up a group of volunteers to help me move my materials in and out of the classroom as well as aiding me in the classroom. At YSC, I experience all the joy and enthusiasm a teacher SHOULD have when doing their favorite thing: teaching!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ThThis was the third year I have worked as a teacher offering my space science classes called "I Need My Space." I have taught elementary school for 35 years and know when a program works. This one gets an A+! The support I received during the preparation and set up for my class was excellent. The facility was very comfortable and I had all the tech and supplies I needed to do my job. As I taught, I was always asked if there is anything I needed and there was plenty of volunteer staff to help. I was highly respected for what I had to offer and felt very appreciated! Best of all, the children had a wonderful time and enjoyed learning through hands on activities. I give this program my highest rating!