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Valencia Eagle Scout Shares Love of Engineering with Local Schools

Posted: August 6, 2016 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 6, 2016 2:00 a.m.
• Matthew Hoge receiving his Eagle Scout award in spring 2016. Courtesy photo • Matthew Hoge receiving his Eagle Scout award in spring 2016. Courtesy photo
• Matthew Hoge receiving his Eagle Scout award in spring 2016. Courtesy photo
• Matthew Hoge during a demonstration. Courtesy photo • Matthew Hoge during a demonstration. Courtesy photo
• Matthew Hoge during a demonstration. Courtesy photo
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Valencia Eagle Scout Matthew Hoge is bringing Elementary Engineering, an interactive science program that he created, to underserved schools in the community.

Hoge, a resident of Valencia and a senior at Bishop Alemany High School, founded the student-led organization with two friends in 2015. Born out of his passion for science, it brings interactive presentations to classrooms, exploring different disciplines of engineering. Presentations are followed by hands-on activities, which can be anything from the chemical processes of making ice cream to creating slime.

The project was conceived as a way to address “the problem with mis-allocated resources in school funding,” explains Hoge. “It inspires young students to be creative and explorative in the world of science.”

Hoge has been passionate about helping his community for many years. At 13, he lost his mother to breast cancer, and he and his two younger siblings founded FightOn2EndCancer to raise funds for the USC Norris cancer research center. He also comes from a long line of Eagle Scouts and recently joined their ranks by revamping the storage facility for his school’s robotics team.

A passion for robotics brought Hoge, co-founder Ralph Frem and assistant Daniel Medina together with the goal of inspiring young minds to become the scientists and engineers of the future. So far, they have brought Elementary Engineering to such SoCal venues as St. Rose of Lima School in Simi Valley and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Middle School in Santa Clarita.

Anne Rudzinski, a science and math teacher at OLPH, has witnessed the innovative program in action. “Matthew has a great passion for science and math,” she says, “and he wants to inspire younger students to have that same passion. He especially wants to assist students who may not be exposed to STEM activities.”

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.

Hoge has great hopes for the project. “There is a high demand for science-oriented careers,” he explains. “We need talented, creative minds for the future, and that starts with Elementary Engineering.”

Elementary Engineering is available to visit elementary and middle schools in Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley. Contact Matthew at (661) 373-4870 or matthew@ElementaryEngineering.org. There is no charge but donations for supplies are appreciated. Learn more at www.ElementaryEngineering.org.

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