Wonders Of Our World


As a first year STEM EE Scholar, I was given the opportunity to help with the spectacular program, WOW (Wonders of Our World). I was very excited to be working with young children because this last summer I was a swim team coach and in charge of the 8 & Under age group. It was a lot of work, but I had the time of my life and loved all of their crazy personalities and learning the leadership skills and patience required when working with young kids. With WOW, every week I go with a few other Ohio State students to Columbus elementary schools to do science experiments and demonstrations with the students. The goal of the program is to travel to these schools that don’t have as many resources and to show the kids that science is fun and exciting.

I am have been helping with WOW for about a month now and I already love it. So far, I have worked with 2nd, 3rd, and 5th graders, all of which require a lot of patience because they are all so eager to do the experiment and ask questions. Working with the kids and hearing their ideas is really fun and some of the things they have to say is really funny. In these weeks I have noticed that the imaginations of these young students are very much alive and I believe that is a major component in being successful in whatever you do. The excitement on the kids’ faces when they finally get their clay boat to float or when they guess what is in the mystery box is very rewarding. The leadership skills and patience that I have learned with WOW are both very important things to have in not only school and the business world, but also everywhere you go.

Welcome to my Honors & Scholars e-Portfolio

The content in my e-Portfolio is a collection of information about me and my experiences at The Ohio State University as a STEM EE scholars student. It will examine how I achieve the G.O.A.L.S. of the honors and scholars program through different STEM field events. Throughout high school, I studied hard and stayed active and involved. As I begin the next chapter of my life as an actuarial science student at The Ohio State University, I am excited to further both my knowledge and interests.

About Me

My name is Matthew Benge and I am from Downers Grove, Illinois which is a western suburb of Chicago. I am majoring in actuarial science and plan on either double majoring with finance or minoring in business and economics. I will be taking my first actuarial exam this spring and plan on passing at least two more by the time I graduate. In high school, I captained the swim team my junior and senior years. I also played soccer and tennis throughout high school. Four years ago I began lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons, eventually working my way up to pool manager. I also work for the Chicago Bears on the visiting locker room equipment crew. In my free time I like to hang out with friends and really do anything outdoors. I am continuing to stay involved by joining the Ohio State actuarial science club and the Ohio State men’s water polo club.