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.
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.
The Youth Science Center is located within the California Community College (Mt. San Antonio College) for which I serve as President of the Board of Trustees. I have been on this Board for 15 years. Given the importance of the Youth Science Center in fostering student interest in scientific and technical careers that I consider to be crucial to our State's economic success, I have worked to increase the cooperation between our community college and the Youth Science Center. Many Youth Science Center students eventually enroll at our community college, which is the largest single-campus community college (60,000 students annually) in the State of California.
I have been extremely impressed by the quality of the youth experience at YSC. My company has donated $10K to them for the last 2 years, and we expect to continue with our support.