Youth Science Center extends deadline for essay contest

The Youth Science Center in Hacienda Heights is sponsoring an essay contest for girls 8 to 17 years old. The contest encourages young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The contest honors Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, who will be the special guest speaker at the Youth Science Center’s yearly gala on Nov. 10 at Pacific Palms.
Essay winners will attend the gala with two guests as well as a cash prize. One winner will be chosen from elementary, middle school and high schools.

The one-page typed essays should be no more than 500 words. They should address these questions: Which part of science, technology, engineering, mathematics are you interested in for a future career? What work or projects would you like to see yourself doing? Why would this work be important to your future?

Include name, age, address and what school you attend. The deadline is Oct. 17. Email essay to or mail them to the Youth Science Center, 16949 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights CA 91745.

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