High Tech of High Touch High Tech: Future of Online Learning in STEM Education

Over the past decade, the popularity of online learning has seen significant and rapid growth. More than 30 percent of higher education students in the U.S. are taking at least one online course, but in the age of COVID-19, online learning has become prevalent at all education stages.  A revolution in education is occurring as conventional classrooms are abandoned for flexible, online courses. High Touch High Tech is fully prepared for this online adaptation, welcoming the future of education.

High Touch High Tech has passionately believed since our foundation in 1992 that learning takes place anywhere learners gather, whether that be a science birthday party, onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise, or at the kitchen table. Schools and universities had to quickly pivot to remote learning in response to the current global pandemic. The suspension of on-campus learning forced education leaders to drastically change the educational experience, and High Touch High Tech shifted alongside.

Online learning is a flexible option, offering students a wide variety of lessons while being fully customizable.  Students can learn where, when, and what they want. Children across cultures have a natural curiosity of science, and when provided with a choice, choose more science! Science is exciting, and by igniting that curiosity early in the educational experience, a passion is born! Research has shown that teachers in traditional education settings are uncomfortable with science, rarely teaching it. High Touch High Tech’s online programming model fits perfectly to correct the STEM literacy gap.

A survey of teachers showed that only around 42% of them are working with students on science once a week. As remote learning students have the flexibility to learn the lessons they choose, High Touch High Tech’s online programming serves students and teachers alike. Students now have more time than ever to learn things they are genuinely interested in. Online courses with High Touch High Tech provide students with an exciting, educational experience they are eager to learn while addressing and improving the historically low STEM achievements of U.S. students.

High Touch High Tech and its franchisees across the world have brought High Tech education to students in an online learning setting. By delivering all supplies directly to students, the same totally participatory experience is had from the comfort and safety of students’ homes. Our franchisees inspire students, before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic!   

Offering On-Location Programs: COVID-19 Response

High Touch High Tech’s franchise system was built on delivering hands-on STEM to any place learners gather; that being a science birthday party, summer camp or after school program, or on-location experience! We have been THE Science Experience that Comes to You!  

Our on-location field trips have saved teachers the hassle of a traditional field trip outing, from school buses to permissions slips. Students are able to be inspired by STEM from an environment they are comfortable and safe in! In the days of COVID-19, safety is of upmost priority as we attempt to restrict the rapid spread of this virus. As childcare centers, summer camps, and schools reopen their doors, CDC recommendations to safely convene greatly change the learning atmosphere.

Field trips, sports, and class sizes are all under scrutiny. Our in-person, on-location option brings a PPE protected scientist to your class, offering an exciting, educational break from the normal school schedule. Summer camps have relied on High Touch High Tech and our franchisees to fill their camp schedule!

Franchisees across the world continue to deliver hands-on STEM to students of the world! Inspire students today by inquiring about a High Touch High Tech franchise opportunity!

Adapting to Online Services: COVID-19 Response

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ~ Albert Einstein

As COVID-19 responses closed schools, churches, stores and restaurants across the country, businesses across all industries scrambled to respond. This virus and the strain it has put on businesses around the world is never before seen; we had no certain counter plan of action. As state by state closed schools across our nation, High Touch High Tech and its franchisees jumped into action. We and hands-on STEM education have persevered.

Some of the largest food chains like McDonald’s and Subway have had to begin offering delivery. Car manufacturers have began delivering vehicles to your driveway, sold with online financing. While large corporations have the capability and staff to make large shifts, small business owners don’t have that same benefit. High Touch High Tech franchise owners have successfully taken their business model of hands-on, on-location field trips, and delivered it to the students of the world from online safety.

Parents working from home have taken up a secondary job as teachers. Online educational videos are surging in success as parents attempt to keep their children busy as they work. High Touch High Tech franchisees have provided the perfect solution for that issue! By delivering sanitary experiment kits directly to the homes of our students, we guide students through the wonderful fields of geology, chemistry, biology and many more!  From our foundation, High Touch High Tech has believed that learning can take place anywhere learners are gathered, whether that be an in-school field trip, summer science camp, or at your kitchen table.

Offering our brand of STEM education to our consumers has helped students regain their sense of normalcy. Facebook live feeds detailing our experiment of the day has been of vital aid to busy parents, allowing their children to be entertained, engaged, and educated. Franchisees from Los Angeles to New Jersey have provided themselves as a lasting resource, building a stronger bond throughout this difficult time.

We endured the challenges of financial crises and a worldwide pandemic, building the bond of the High Touch High Tech family. Our franchisees have remained optimistic in a dim world, and we will continue to strive through the next challenge and celebrate each success.

10 Facts on How Franchising is for You

Become your own boss and enter the franchising world. For the novice entrepreneur, franchising is the entryway to all the benefits of entrepreneurship with the helpful guidance of the tried-and-true franchisor. By the end of this list, you’ll want to open your very own High Touch High Tech franchise!

1. There are more than 785,300 franchise units!

There are more than 785,300 currently operating franchise units in the United States. Franchise industries are becoming more and more diverse, from art and automotive to education and travel opportunities. If you’re interested in science to healthcare, there is a franchise for you!

2. Founding father, Benjamin Franklin, is credited with beginning modern franchising!

Famous printer and founder of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, opened what is considered the first modern franchise in 1731. Entering in contract with Thomas Whitmarsh, a printing company was opened “for the carrying on of the Business of Printing in Charlestown in South Carolina.” Along with franchising, Ben Franklin also invented the lighting rod, bifocals, and a glass harmonica.

3. Franchises employ more than 18 million people!

Franchises employ 18 million people in the United States and output more than 890 billion dollars each year. It is estimated that 10.5% of businesses with paid employees are franchises. The chances are that someone you know works for a franchise!

4. High Touch High Tech was one of the first STEM franchises!

High Touch High Tech taught STEM before the age of STEM! High Touch High Tech was founded in 1992 on the idea that learning science should be FUN, and more than the traditional science textbook experience. We were a pioneer in STEM education!

5. 1 in 12 Businesses are a Franchise!

Franchises make a huge part of the economy. Many people rely on franchise businesses for a uniform product or service they can count on.

6. Average Franchise Investment is $250,000

While this might seem like a large entry cost, franchising allows you to begin being profitable immediately! By having a proven successful product and well recognizable name, your franchise business can start seeing revenue! Franchisors also provide you with support and advice to continue this success! High Touch High Tech’s franchise fee begins with a $52,500 investment, opening our franchise opportunities to many!

7. A franchise opens every 8 minutes!

Franchises are excellent business opportunities, and therefore they’re growing so quickly. You can be the next of this booming trend by opening your own High Touch High Tech franchise!  

8. Franchises generate 2.3 trillion dollars in sales each year.

Franchises are hugely successful and produce 2.3 trillion dollars in revenue each year. By having a recognizable brand name, your customers will trust the product you provide and become return clients!

9. High Touch High Tech has been listed a Top Franchise, Top Low-Cost Franchise, and Top Franchise for Women!

Franchise Business Review has awarded High Touch High Tech as a Top Low-Cost Franchise, Top Franchise for Women and a Top 200 Franchise! This award system is determined by the feedback of over 27,500 franchisees! Our franchisees love their franchise business!

10. High Touch High Tech reaches more than 16 million students annually!

Our franchisees help us extend our mission of hands-on STEM across 12 countries, inspiring more than 16 million students each year!  At any moment, somewhere in the world, a student is learning the power of their imagination, curiosity and observation with High Touch High Tech! Help us to reach 16 million more students by inquiring about our franchise opportunities today!