The Beginnings of High Touch High Tech Programs

High Touch High Tech has developed a programming network of over 150 STEM programs over the past 27 years. Our programming extends from introductory chemistry, paleontology, climate change, to 3-D printing! As an author and leader in the STEM enrichment education, High Touch High Tech has adapted and created hands-on education content that has resonated with students, teachers, and parents across the globe. 

We at High Touch High Tech like to say, “we were STEM before STEM.” Since 1992, we have adapted to education standards, trends, and scientific advancements to provide our students with up-to-date enrichment. Teachers, parents, and High Touch High Tech franchise owners can feel confident in the content we provide to students.

Each year we are creating fresh, original experiment content to satisfy our customer and franchise networks. Many teachers have built High Touch High Tech in-school field trips into their year-to-year teaching agenda, and we will continue to grow with the education standards.

Is Coding the Future of STEM?

Technology has an increasing impact on our day to day lives, that is indisputable. As we grow more and more dependent on devices, the need for programmers, web and tech developers, and technicians advances.

What does this mean for preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s software engineers? The largest trend in technology is coding! Children as young as 7 are being taught the coding basics, positioning them for a lifetime of opportunities in the technological world. Coding is the entrance to understanding computer language through series of inputs and outputs, actions and reactions. A recent study shows that 90% of parents want their children to study a computer science, as computing jobs are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs!

The conversation surrounding coding isn’t all positive though. With the development of AI (Artificial Intelligence), program developers catch a glimpse of the expiration of their craft. With machine learning being a focus of tech, 29% of software developers rank being replaces by AI their largest professional fear.

Traditional programming is a complex network, and serious testing is necessary before bugs are discovered. The margin for error is large, and refactoring or starting over is an expensive, time consuming mistake. It’s possible to break a seemingly unrelated line of code when adding code lines to improve or solve other issues. While AI may be able to beat humans in a game of online chess, will they be able to solve the limitless situations that have to be taken into account when coding?

With machine learning, programmers will be allowed to become more robust and efficient. This increased efficiency will rapidly slow the market for programming careers, creating a stagnant class of computer science graduates. The future of fully automated AI programming is in the distant future, but it stands to be recognized. The programming that students are learning today will be out of date within the next 10 years due to the current machine learning programs being created, which challenges the market of investing exclusively in coding education.

There is a growing trend among educators to adapt to the coding trend, investing heavily into what seems to be the future of technology. School curriculum, coding teaching companies, and educational toy developers are developing to suit this need. STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) education is zeroing in on the technology standpoint, and that is affecting the remaining fields.

Students of today are tomorrow’s adults. Investing almost solely in coding is a disservice to our students, being that the program engineers of today are preparing for the inevitable. STEM education serves the purpose to nurture a well-rounded, practical student. Investing in coding education seems to be the epitome of preparing out students with current trends, it lacks the versatility of a complete STEM education.

For 25 years, High Touch High Tech has provided students with education in each STEM field. We have continuously adapted to education trends, but one thing remains true; students need science as well at technology. When teachers and parents are investing in their children’s education, they should invest where there is a proven record of success. Coding franchises, enrichment, and toys are at the cutting edge momentarily, but very well will fall to the test of time.

In the early 1990’s we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by new technological advances, saw the importance, and incorporated High Tech into our name. By reading our name, students and teachers know what we do; High Touch is the hands-on science approach to learning and understanding science, High Tech is to prepare our students for the global marketplace of the future, where technology has an impact on all aspects of life! Our name, mission, and content is how we grew from one location to serving 16 million kids annually in 11 countries. 

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Shanin, S. “Is Computer Engineering Really Going to be Automated?” eTeam, June 2018. Retrieved from:https://www.eteam.io/blog/computer-engineering-automated

Brisdion, M. “At What Age Can a Child Start Coding?” FunTech, July 2019. Retrieved from: https://funtechsummercamps.com/blog/2019/07/02/at-what-age-can-a-child-start-coding/

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25 Years of Customer Favorites!

For 25 years High Touch High Tech has developed exciting, hands-on science programs. Our programs have become staples to the teachers that invite us back to their classrooms year after year! Here are some of their favorites!

Get Buggy©

                Young scientists get to be Entomologists in our Get Buggy© program! Students learn about how important insects are to our planet, how to distinguish insect families, and tricks on insect survival!

Globs, Goo and Guts©

                Students discover their own anatomy in Globs, Goo and Guts©! Digestion, the blood pumping through your veins, and your organs are all parts of keeping people alive!

Smarty Plants©

                Discover botany in our Smarty Plants© experiment! Plants are mysterious and survive much differently than animals! Students get to change the color of flowers through the powers of diffusion!

ChemFun©

                Who wants to be a chemist? ChemFun© is a student’s introduction to chemical reactions, atoms, and the power of solvents! Students even get to watch a cup dissolve!

Dig It©

                Break out your hard hats and lanterns! Students explore our world, and discover the gems hiding right beneath Earth’s surface! After the Dig It© program, students will take home their very own gemstone treasures! 

Homemade Fun©

                Shelter is what keeps humans and animals safe! Homemade Fun© is all about exploring shelters! Students will be able to use the resources around them to keep themselves safe after this program!

Magnet Makers©

                Magnet Makers© is all about magnets! Magnetic fields will become visual with a program understanding magnetic powers!

Cosmic Capers©

                Students will explore the Milky Way in Cosmic Capers©! Gravity, eclipses, and even astronaut ice cream will be investigated!

Weather or Not©

                Young meteorologists will understand weather! Weather or Not© explores the world of measuring weather phenomenon.

Teachers, parents and students love the fun, engaging programs that High Touch High Tech has delivered to them for 25 years. Our customer favorite programs assist teachers in reaching their education standards, while students have an exciting, educational experience! Once a teacher enlists High Touch High Tech, we become a part of their educational experience year after year!

Why do Franchisees Choose High Touch High Tech?

You can choose your own vendors.

High Touch High Tech isn’t the franchisor that will demand you buy directly from us at a 30% markup! You have the freedom to choose where to purchase your supplies! We do offer you corporate discounts from various vendors, to ensure you’re finding the cheapest price!

We want our franchisees to succeed first! Their success is our success.

While other franchisors profit off late royalty fees, and kickbacks from suppliers, High Touch High Tech succeeds as our franchise owners do. We provide you will the tools and continuous support to make your business successful and offer you the autonomy to run your business as you see fit!

The work we do is FUN!

Our franchise is a business of fun! There is no complaint department at High Touch High Tech! We are in a business that is valued by teachers, parents, and enjoyed by students. Who doesn’t love hands-on science?

High Touch High Tech has proven to be recession-proof.

Parents spend their money in two ways; one for their child’s education and development, and second for their child’s entertainment. High Touch High Tech satisfies both! Over the course of 25 years, High Touch High Tech has powered through economic downturns! Parents know that investing in their child’s education is an investment well spent!

Our business model appeals to people of all backgrounds!

Education is the key to overcoming! Across cultures, education is valued and invested in. STEM unlocks the innovation of the future. High Touch High Tech is inspiring the great minds that will change our world, and franchisees see the importance of what we do.

High Touch High Tech supports franchisees.

When a franchisee buys into High Touch High Tech, they buy a brand that offers support wherever they need it. Whether a franchisee needs marketing, program, or supply support, the corporate office offers an almost immediate solution. High Touch High Tech wants our franchise owners to feel backed by their franchisor, having a solution offered to any problem that arises.

You have territory control.

We offer a brand that isn’t going to cram 4 competing High Touch High Tech franchises into your territory. We offer a territory size of 1.5-1.8 million population density, which secures a profitable district for our franchise owners.

We allow you autonomy.

A square peg into a square hole. Some franchises offer you a standard plan, which every single franchise is bound to submit to.  High Touch High Tech wants you to self-determine how to run your business! We don’t want to control every aspect of your programs, staff, and delivery! Our franchises are successful on their own! More than 70% of franchisees have no access to adapt their webpage, and High Touch High Tech allows you to make the changes you would like to see!

You can control your marketing.

While High Touch High Tech offers you a marketing plan, support, and resources, our franchises owners can market themselves as they see fit! Our franchisees can build their business how they feel, marketing the services they wish to provide!

We encourage you to talk to our other franchisees.

High Touch High Tech has happy, successful franchisees! Unlike other franchisors who want to hide their dirty laundry until a potential franchisee signs themselves over, High Touch High Tech wants you to hear about how great we are! Our franchise owners recommend us to friends, and that’s why we’ve made it onto Franchise Business Review’s, and Entrepreneur magazine’s top franchise list year after year!

High Touch High Tech Awarded Top 200 Franchise by Franchise Business Review

Each year, Franchise Business Review surveys over 30,000 franchisees, compiling a list of 200 Top Franchises based on franchisee satisfaction. High Touch High Tech has been lucky to have been put on this list yet again for the year of 2020! Each surveyed participant is asked 33 questions about their franchisor, each question focused on the leadership, training, core values, personal business lifestyle, and overall enjoyment of operating their franchise.

High Tough High Tech is proud to be a franchisor that has happy, successful, and satisfied franchisees. We believe that we are successful due to the success of our franchisees and will continue making all decisions with our franchisees in mind.

We are so very thankful to have been recognized as a Top Franchise!

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