The Youth Science Center has pulled up stakes and moved down the road to Bixby Elementary in Hacienda Heights this summer. But the science circus is still offering three rings of fun.
The summer session began June 9, with weekly courses spread over the next five weeks. Many of the classes were already full of inquisitive kids.
“It took a couple days to move all our equipment from Wedgeworth Elementary, but we’re up and running,” said Ron Chong, chairman of the board of directors.
Chong and his wife, Judy, were busy shuttling students to their new classes. Many kids return every year to study new subjects.
This year, the science center is teaching 3D printing with its new digital printer. The cool machine builds three-dimensional objects by building up layers of plastic.
“The 3D printers used to cost thousands of dollars, but now you can buy them for $600,” explained teacher Kim Bach.
Her 25 students were using a computer assisted design program to construct their own brightly-colored name tags. Bach’s son, Steven, had just finished building a tiny little billiards table that uses BBs as billiard balls.
The Bachs say 3D printers are the wave of the future in manufacturing. “They’ll probably land up in everyone’s home so they can make their own products,” the science teacher predicted.
Next door, young sleuths were investigating chromatography in their makeshift crime lab. They were learning how to discover whodunnit before their crime scene final on Friday.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story SCIENCE.