Elementary Engineering, an interactive science program started by high school student Matthew Hoge of Valencia, is available to visit local schools and teen groups, he said.
In 2015, Hoge, a senior at Bishop Alemany High School, founded the student-led organization that brings science experiments to underserved schools. The Elementary Engineering team facilitates an interactive presentation exploring different disciplines of engineering, followed by hands-on activities. These can be anything from the chemical processes of making ice cream to creating slime.
“I absolutely love this project,” says Hoge, “because not only does it address the problem with misallocated resources in school funding, but it inspires young students to be creative and explorative in the world of science.”
Hoge’s family have been involved in Eagle Scouts for almost a century, and he recently joined their ranks by revamping the storage facility for his school’s robotics team.
“My journey to Eagle Scout began when I was 10 years old,” he says. “Being in the Boy Scouts of America has taught me so many valuable life skills.”
But Hoge’s passion for community service began at age 13 – when he lost his mother to stage IV breast cancer. With his two younger siblings, he founded FightOn2EndCancer, an organization that raises funds for the USC Norris, a cancer research center.
“I started Elementary Engineering as an educational program,” he says. “It is a perfect combination of some of my interests: helping others, leadership, kids, and the sciences – especially engineering.”
When asked his goals for the innovative, long-term service effort, Hoge is very ambitious. “I hope to influence young students to pursue science or engineering career paths because is no doubt there is a high demand for science-oriented careers. We need talented, creative minds for the future, and that starts with Elementary Engineering.”
Hoge, co-founder Ralph Frem and assistant Daniel Medina research experiments and test their activities themselves before bringing Elementary Engineering to such local venues as St. Rose of Lima School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Middle School.
A passion for robotics initially brought the trio together, and they share a goal of inspiring young minds to become the engineers of the future.
“I absolutely love science and everything to do with it,” says Frem. “One of the major things that provoked my passion for engineering are roller coasters. I love how they are built and the technical aspects of how it all comes together.”
After high school, Medina plans to blend his interests in soccer, fishing, travel, engineering and robotics. He is interested in continuing his studies in engineering and utilizing what he terms his “energetic, creative and adventurous ideas. At my core lies my desire to share my experiences, knowledge, and enthusiasm with others to motivate positive change in my community,” explains Medina.
Teachers and young scientists alike praise the Elementary Engineering team for their dedication, knowledge, altruism and passion in sharing their appreciation for science with the community.
Following a visit to his middle school, student Patrick H. had this to say about the program: “I liked the whole thing because it was a mix of education and fun.”
“I liked all of the detail that was put into each discipline of engineering in the presentation,” said Roque F.
“I liked making the ice cream in a completely different way,” said Michala L.
St. Rose of Lima School science coordinator Marcia Nogueira has been equally impressed. “As a future engineer, Matthew is very interested in sharing his enthusiasm for the sciences and robotics with elementary and middle school students,” she said. “In this capacity, I have been impressed with his dedication to inspiring young minds. He provides these classes to local elementary and middle schools as an act of service.”
Anne Rudzinski, a science and math teacher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Middle School, added, “Matthew has a great passion for science and math and wants to inspire younger students to have that same passion. He especially wants to assist students who may not be exposed to STEM activities.”
In April, Hoge received the coveted Certificate of Congressional Recognition for “outstanding volunteerism and community engagement” and “hard work and dedication to academics.”
A Top Ten Scholar, Hoge excels in a demanding academic load revolving around STEM, and hopes to become a mechanical or aerospace engineer. His other involvements include serving as vice president of his school’s Key Club, cabin leader for Outdoor School, and participation in Alemany Amigos, through which high-school students serve as big brothers and sisters for children who live in gang-prone areas.
Hoge has been selected to participate in USC’s highly selective Mission Engineering program this summer, a one-week intensive into the field.
To inquire about bringing Elementary Engineering to your school or group, or to start your own Elementary Engineering chapter, contact Matthew at (661) 373-4870 or matthew@ElementaryEngineering.org. There is no charge; however, donations for supplies are appreciated. Learn more at www.ElementaryEngineering.org.
Applications are now open for the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program which is set to provide 228 university and community college students with paid on-the-job experience in the arts at over 140 nonprofit organizations starting this summer.
Thousands of Hart District students in the Santa Clarita Valley returned to campus Monday for in-person instruction, marking another milestone for local education officials seeking a return to normalcy during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Out of an abundance of caution, Los Angeles County is following the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pause the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports that six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed unusual types of blood clots 6 to 13 days after receiving the vaccine.
After a roller coaster of a year, the Santa Clarita Valley’s skating community once again took to the ice to celebrate the grand opening of The Cube, the city of Santa Clarita’s newly rebranded ice rink.
Los Angeles County Public Health officials will modify the Health Officer Order on Thursday, April 15, to align with changes to the state Blueprint for a Safer Economy regarding indoor live events and performances, private events such as conferences, receptions and meetings, and private informal gatherings.
College of the Canyons and Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center will begin operating as Los Angeles County-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites in the northern part of the county starting Monday, April 19.
A consulting firm hired by the city to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a city public health department in Santa Clarita did “not find a compelling case to change the basic structure of public health regulation” in Santa Clarita, according to a 17-page report published Friday as part of the Santa Clarita City Council’s Tuesday meeting agenda.
The Santa Clarita Valley's COVID-19 vaccination rate has increased by about 5%, as 37% of residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to data through April 4 published by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
1738 - Fr. Francisco Garcés born in Spain; came through SCV in 1776, found Tataviam fighting with Coastal Chumash, observed Santa Clara River flowing by night and dry by day despite the season being spring [story]
The California Community College Athletic Trainers Association has named longtime athletic trainer, and current College of the Canyons associate athletic director, Chad Peters its 2021 Athletic Trainer of the Year.
The Santa Clarita City Council Legislative Committee briefly met Thursday morning to recommend that the City Council oppose four pieces of state legislation that would expand the state’s land-use authority.
In recognition of public safety dispatchers' services, the California Highway Patrol joins other law enforcement agencies to recognize National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week on April 11-17, 2021.
%d bloggers like this:
SCVTV Media Center
22505 14th Street Unit E
Santa Clarita, Calif. 91321