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Program Mission: HOLA’s Scientific Arts Program provides an inquiry-based exploration into the world of science and computer literacy in a modern multimedia environment that fosters life-long learning.

DSC_0020HOLA’s Scientific Arts Program offers classes in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Youth are able to engage in subjects including engineering, robotics, computer repair, coding, graphic design, airplane design, video game design, circuit bending and stop motion animation with open access to 60 computer workstations. All students reach at least intermediate computer literacy and advanced students are encouraged to delve deeper with higher level offerings. The SciArts Program prepares youth for post-secondary education by teaching technological skills needed in the modern workplace.

Through inquiry-based learning, HOLA’s elementary and middle school students explore the fields of chemistry, earth science, astronomy, physics and biology. SmartStart 4th and 5th grade students explore simple solutions to environmental problems through the adaption of a curriculum developed for the Pan African Conservation Education Project (PACE), a project run by Tusk Trust. Younger students engage in hands-on science education with experiments that apply scientific processes to explore the connections among science, technology and society. Over 300 youth participate in science and technology programming annually.

Program Goals:

  • Create an interactive learning environment for all ages
  • Increase academic performance
  • Increase exposure to and understanding of all fields of science
  • Improve social competencies, leadership and teamwork skills
  • Increase technological competencies (i.e., keyboarding technique, internet research skills, basic word processing skills, experience in digital media applications)

Summer Camp:
Each summer, HOLA’s Scientific Arts Program offers a free Science Camp for youth in grades 5 and up. Weekly themes include Minecraft, Game Design and 3D Printing. Students can sign up for one camp or all six. Click here for more information.


Oh What a Summer!

  This has been a great summer at Heart of Los Angeles, we are grateful to a wonderful list of summer supporters listed below. You have made it possible for hundreds of kids growing up in the “heart” of the city to have access to S.T.E.M. and Visual Arts Camps, Music, Fitness, Athletics, Field Trips, Healthy Chefs, GFS LA Film and TV (Funded through GFS LA funders), just to list a few. Then there are the sleep-away camps too. (Thank you Leann Robinson and friends in […]

New Year, New Collaborations at HOLA

With the winter quarter well under way, we’re pleased about the many fun and educational collaborations that have taken off at HOLA.  To celebrate all the love and support of our teachers, directors, staff, volunteers, students and families, we wanted to share with you what’s new in our cozy corner of the universe. Over in Athletics, some of our middle school girls have begun training to run a 5k with the help of nonprofit Girls on the Run. The program is designed to inspire girls to be joyful, […]

Google Takes Students on Virtual Field Trip

On Wednesday, a friend from Google paid Bridges and SmartStart students a visit and brought some funny looking glasses along. Students soon learned that these weren’t just any cardboard glasses but Google cardboard glasses. Ryan, the Google representative, explained that the futuristic eyewear were in fact virtual. Students had the world at their fingertips and were able to take a 3D ride around the world. HOLA teachers asked, “Where do you want to go?” as they held iPads that controlled the location to which the kids could visit. “Spain! Greece! Hogwarts!” were a few destinations that the students eagerly […]

Spotlight on STEM Teacher Emma Cunningham

“What do I love about teaching? The challenge of, ‘How can I create a trail of breadcrumbs to help a student going from unknowing to knowing?’ Figuring out what I can do from the sidelines to help a student reach that ‘aha!’ moment independently — I love that.” -Emma Cunningham, HOLA teacher of Scientific Arts Born and raised between Los Angeles, Japan and San Diego, Emma Cunningham has traveled a path filled with tech, creativity, and a passion for social justice that has led her most recently […]

HOLA Welcomes 10 Summer Associates

This summer, HOLA is thrilled to welcomes 10 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates. Six of the 10 VISTAs are HOLA alumni themselves, returning to give back to their community. The VISTAs will be supporting HOLA’s academic programs, working with students in the SmartStart, Bridges, PAT and Scientific Arts Programs. The VISTAs will focus on reducing summer learning loss and assist with academic remediation, working individually and in small groups with the highest need students. Research shows that without continued academic support underserved youth will lose critical […]

Samsung Makes Donation to HOLA

Recently, Samsung Electronics America made a significant donation of new and barely used products to HOLA. In total, Samsung donated 104 items, including 27 laptops, 5 TVs and 72 tablets. This sizable donation will positively impact each of HOLA’s programs, expanding our technological capacity and the reach of our STEM programming. With increased access to technology, HOLA will be able to train our students in vital skills that are essential for them to be successful and competitive in their studies and in the modern workforce. […]


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