25 Years of Growing With STEM

Education at all levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM—develops, preserves, and disseminates knowledge and skills that convey personal, economic, and social benefits. Higher education provides the advanced work skills needed in an increasingly knowledge-intensive, innovation-focused economy and society.”  – National Science Foundation

 

STEM education, focusing on the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, allow the subjects to be taught as a united, real world model. While the United States has overwhelmingly been a leader in the STEM fields, lately fewer and fewer students are choosing these careers. While 28% of high school freshman declare an interest in STEM-related fields, 57% of these students will lose that interest before graduating high school.

The lack of inspiration and motivation necessary for students to succeed in STEM subjects is directly related to inadequate numbers of qualified teachers in the classroom. The Obama and Trump Administrations have made specific grants to be accessed by educators to enhance and support STEM learning. Tapping into these grants to develop more engaging, invigorating science education benefits students and their future career choices.

STEM diverges from conventional science and mathematics teachings by showing students how they can apply the scientific method and scientific themes to everyday life, using STEM as a tool for understanding their world.  Developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that begin at a very early age is lacking. Much of STEM education focuses on early education and the underrepresented populations in the STEM fields. Introducing STEM courses, raising awareness of the STEM occupations and fields, and igniting interested in pursuit of science are the fundamental objectives of STEM studies.

The representation gap within STEM fields is ever increasing. Male students are 3 times as likely to pursue a STEM career than female students. Within STEM graduates, male students are more likely to pursue engineering and technology fields while female students prefer the science fields of chemistry and biology. Looking further into the demographics of STEM fields, we see racial sparsity within career choices. Asian students have displayed the highest interested in STEM fields, where African American students have continuously dropped interest from being the most to least interested demographic. Work is needed by educators to ensure STEM fluency is habituated, regardless of students’ background, by delivering a quality learning environment to each child’s zip code.

STEM careers are of the most value, each focusing on applying scientific principals and problem solving.  STEM related jobs grew three times as quickly as non-STEM positions from 2000 to 2010. STEM careers are shown to be better paid, and more plentiful than many other careers. While the average salary in the United States is around $43,000, STEM occupations earn more than 12-30% across all education levels. Research shows that around 72-75% of STEM employees hold at least a bachelor’s degree. For each graduate with a STEM degree there are 1.73 jobs for each individual, compared to non-STEM occupations in which 4 individuals are competing for each job. Even so, many who hold STEM degrees work in other fields due to their competency. STEM degrees are in much higher demand, showing to be more competent in complex problem solving, troubleshooting, and reasoning.

Recent studies show that when high schools make additional science and mathematics courses available, there was no impact in the rate of which students declare a STEM college major. Teaching in traditional styles lack the effect of an invigorating educational experience. It is necessary for students to be engaged in STEM education to begat success. Hands-on science enrichment allows students to have a glimpse into what an exciting STEM career would emulate, simulating the rewarding future in the STEM fields.

High Touch High Tech was founded in 1994, long before the term “STEM” was popularized. We provide a hands-on science experience at a young age, supporting teachers in developing future STEM graduates. Today’s youth is being under served in STEM, lacking the full circle, real world implications that science supports and develops. High Touch High Tech programs reach over 16 million students annually, granting a discovery in young minds that will change the world.

 

 

Sources Cited:

Hom, E. “What is STEM Education?” Live Science, February 2014. Retrieved from: https://www.livescience.com/43296-what-is-stem-education.html

Smithsonian Science Education Institute. “The STEM Imperative.” STEMvisions, 2019. Retrieved from: https://ssec.si.edu/stem-imperative

Sawchuk, S. “Is STEM Oversold as a Path to Better Jobs?” Education Week, May 2018. Retrieved from: https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/05/23/is-stem-oversold-as-a-path-to.html

Feature Franchisee: Polymer Pat of High Touch High Tech Western Los Angeles County

 

 

Polymer Pat of Western Los Angeles County opened his High Touch High Tech franchise in 2007. Join us in discussing his experiences, successes, and reasons he loves his business!

Q: Why did you chose to open a High Touch High Tech franchise?

A: I used to be an elementary school teacher, and I always loved teaching, but I didn’t like the environment I was teaching in. Dealing with ornery parents, having to follow regulations and curriculum rules, I couldn’t teach the things I would like to teach. I found this franchise and had the opportunity to stop teaching as a schoolteacher, and still do the teaching I enjoyed. Quite a few things about High Touch High Tech appealed to me. First it was education based, second was I could build my business out of my home. At the time I was renting and didn’t have the funds to buy a giant commercial space. With those two important factors, I was able start my business and run it fairly easily.

Q: Why is STEM education important to you?

A: With STEM education you get this unique feedback from kids. When you’re teaching something that they enjoy and are having fun learning, there is an interaction that gives as much back to me as I impart with the students. You can feel that you’re making a difference in these little kids’ lives.

Q: What has been a success of yours as an entrepreneur? 

A: The biggest success is being my own boss. I like the freedom of it.  While High Touch High Tech is a franchise, I have the freedom to run my business the way I feel is most beneficial to my area. It’s not like a McDonald’s franchise where everything is a square peg into a square hole. I have the ability to be creative in how I implement the programs, and the way I run my business.

Q: What’s been the largest benefit of being a part of High Touch High Tech’s franchise system? 

A: I couldn’t have started this business on my own. I was able to go into a system that is already set and a business model that’s been proven successful. I was given the tools in order to get the business going. I still needed to figure out how to best serve my region, unique to the other franchises. While most of the other franchises do a majority of elementary school programs, that simply wasn’t working for me. High Touch High Tech allowed me the freedom to switch gears and find something else that allowed me to be successful.

Q: What does High Touch High Tech do well as a franchiser?

A:  High Touch High Tech provides an amazing product; the programs drive the business. I really enjoy the programs we offer and enjoy teaching them. Also, the support is really great too. The times I’ve needed to reach out for support, High Touch High Tech is on it, getting me the tools I need.

 

Planning for the Future: Buying A Recession-Proof Franchise

In our current US market, the economy is fortunately doing quite well! There is current expansion in job creation, GPD growth is continuous, interest rates are reliable and steady, and inflation is low! These are all very strong markers of a strong economy, or also known as the Goldilocks Economy.

The Goldilocks economy was named after the popular children’s story. Unlike Papa Bear’s porridge being too hot, or Mama Bear’s porridge being too cold, our economy is in the ideal “just right” state.  While this economy is most favorable for entrepreneurs, corporations and employees, how long is this economy realistically sustainable? How does one plan for the ever-unsure future, and create a defense for the potential of a fiscal downturn?

While business is satisfying and we’re comfortable in our current job market, preparing for the future should always be in the back of consumer’s minds. Creating your own business is always an excellent way to turn a profit, but it does come with added challenges compared to opening and operating a franchise business. There is always risks when opening a business, and losing your savings and investment is at the forefront of these risks. The safest bets of business being that of recession-proof franchise businesses, the places where people are going to spend even in the toughest of times.

This offers the question of which businesses have shown to be ‘recession-proof? Services seen as necessities are the most secure, being that regardless of economy, your hair is still going to grow, your taxes will still need to be prepared, and children will still be in need of an education.  Childcare education services continue flourish even in times of economic struggle. This market for enrichment programs includes sports, art, music, and more recently STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) education. Education franchises also have some of the higher pre-tax income margins, seeing an average of $106,205 yearly. Focus on education is often highlighted in times of high unemployment as a potential anchor for avoiding layoffs.

Franchising is the key tool in launching, operating, and growing your business. Many successful franchisers, like High Touch High Tech, assist franchisees in the structure of understanding their market, training and implementation, and strategic marketing plan initiatives. This benefits franchisees by offering a more focused, streamlined process than would be necessary with opening a business on their own. Opening a franchise offers the flexibility, entrepreneur status, and profit margins that are associated with being a business owner with the added collaboration and support of your franchiser.

High Touch High Tech is a franchise operation that has been offering franchise locations for more than 25 years, one of the longstanding names in STEM enrichment education.  We offer our franchisees the partnership of organization and foundation, in a market proven to be more resistant to bankruptcy and collapse. High Touch High Tech encourages those with a passion for education, independence, optimism and business savvy to secure business plan while the market is in your favor.

Sources cited:

Amadeo, Kimberly.  “How is the US economy doing?” The Balance, July 2019 Web.

Amadeo, KimberlyThe Balance, Glossary: Fiscal Terms, June 2019 Web.

Elgin, Jeff. “Starting a Business; Recession-Proof Franchises.” Entrepreneur, April 2009 Web.

Grossman, Rick. “Why You Should Buy a Franchise Instead of Starting Your Own.” Entrepreneur, December 2012 Web.

Stites, Eric.  “How much does it really cost to run a franchise business?” CNBC: Make It, May 2016 Web.

~From The Field~

High Touch High Tech of Maine Brings Hands-on Science to the Kids at the Boys & Girls Club

 

 

 

High Touch High Tech of Maine will deliver a series of six classes during the summer break at the Riverton Boys & Girls Club in Portland. This program is possible thanks to a sponsorship program which allows individual sponsors to choose non-profit organizations they would like to support.

 

 

 

 

FALMOUTH, MAINE, July 1, 2019 – Thanks to the generous donation of one of our sponsors, High Touch High Tech of Maine will provide a series of summer programs at the Riverton Boys & Girls Club in Portland. This series, Science in Action, exposes kids to different topics of physics including Newton’s Laws of Motion, flight, light, sound, space, and electricity. Kids will discover the amazing properties of air, take a ride on a human gyroscope, launch a rocket, find ROY G BIV, learn the difference between static and current electricity and more!

“Our goal is to reach as many kids as possible in the state of Maine” said High Touch High Tech of Maine owner, Dr. Genia Sklute (known to the kids as Dr. G). To meet this goal, High Touch High Tech of Maine implemented a sponsorship program which provides an opportunity for donors to impact the children of Maine directly. Through the sponsorship program, individuals and companies can sponsor High Touch High Tech programs at non-profit organizations of their choice.

“The programs stimulate children’s natural curiosity for science and fuels their imagination and excitement about learning” Sklute said. Kids come to understand the magical world of science through programs that are aligned with Maine’s Science and Technology Standards and provide hands-on, totally participatory experiences to the kids. “Kids attending the programs don’t realize how much they are actually learning” Sklute said. “They are simply having fun because they are engaged throughout the experience.” The programs build confidence and encourage kids to continue to engage with inquiry.

The sponsor, who asked to remain anonymous, said that “High Touch High Tech programs are a wonderful way to give the gift of learning! This is a highly innovative way for kids to actively participate in science experiences.” As for his specific choice to sponsor programs at the Boys and Girls Club he said, “I am passionate about giving kids from various backgrounds the same opportunities to succeed.”

High Touch High Tech is a pioneer of science education that has been increasing the scientific and technological literacy of children throughout the nation for 25 years while bringing fun, engaging, hands-on science experiences to kids ages 3-12.

If you would like more information about High Touch High Tech of Maine and program sponsorship opportunities, please call 207.400.0937 or email info@ScienceMadeFunME.net.

Today we honor Lucy Wills

 

Today we honor Lucy Wills, the woman who created prenatal vitamins.

Lucy Wills,  born in Birmingham, England in 1888, she studied botany and geology and received a certificate in 1911. In 1915 she enrolled in The London School of Medicine for Women and legally  became a medical practitioner in 1920, earning her bachelor degrees in medicine and science.

In 1928, she did research about pregnant women and anemia and realized that the Bombay women had a correlation between their dietary habits and likelihood of their becoming anemic during pregnancy. Ultimately, her studies suggested that a vitamin deficiency was to blame.

Her discovery was the first step toward creation of folic acid. For many years it was the Wills Factor until folic acid was named in 1941 when it was isolated from spinach.

Now the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that women take 400 micrograms of folic acid are taken every day.

May 10, 1888 – April 16, 1964

Happy Birthday Lucy Wills and Thank You for all that you did for women and their babies!

 

Source: https://www.cnet
.com/news/google-doodle-honors-lucy-wills-pioneering-prenatal-care-researcher/
Pic Source: https://www.google.com/

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Own Your Own Franchise While Making A Difference.

Have you ever thought about owning your own franchise while making a difference?

Boy Playing with Space Mud

 

 

 

Ready to join an industry that’s thriving?

High Touch High Tech brand represents a credible, hands-on, educational resource for teachers, and a super FUN, high impact science experience for kids. We have been making science meaningful and memorable for students since 1992! With over 16 million participants annually and more than 3000 school districts served annually, demand for supplemental education is on                                the rise!

 

 

Want to make a difference in your community?

Our elementary education science experiences will excite your students, and develop a lifelong love of science.  We provide fun, yet educational business opportunities that                                               make a BIG impact with the kids in your community!

 

Low Investment

A simple and highly efficient business model leads to high growth margins.

 

 

High Touch High Tech could be the opportunity for you!

High Touch High Tech is a brand with global exposure and appeal; a dependable, rewarding and profitable home-based franchise opportunity. Our franchisees provide a variety of fun, entertaining and educational science experiences to children in schools, preschools, camps, libraries, community centers, and private homes; ultimately, wherever children are found in their communities. These highly sought-after innovative and engaging educational programs are easy to deliver.

 

Call 1.800.684.3192 or visit ScienceMadeFunFranchise.com

 

Come Be a Part of an Educational Science Experience!

 

Often, science is a tool that explains the world around us. It teaches children about life and the world we live in. From a young age, children start inquiring about science. “Mommy, what makes the sky blue”?  “Daddy, how does my gold fish breathe under water”? Science provides answers to these questions for children and students of all ages. Science tells a story, challenges us and allows us think outside of the box!

High Touch High Tech brings “hands-on” science programs into schools around the world to ensure that this imperative subject is instructed in a fun and memorable way. Our staff works with various schools and their faculty members to coordinate “in-house” science field-trips to demonstrate how astonishing science really is!  If a fourth-grade science curriculum requires that the students are to be taught about “Physics” we will come to the school and transform the children into a junior physicist as they discover forces that affect motion. The scientist/instructor will discuss how energy takes various forms that are grouped based on their interaction with matter. They will then get to explore Edison’s inventions and even build their own electroscope to bring home! Next, they will have a hands-on experiment with static & current electricity. It will be a day that the students will never forget!

Our organization has been fortunate enough to inspire young minds across the globe. These informative, “hands-on” science programs allow students all around the world to experience what makes science so FUN! Our domestic and international operations are so grateful to have the opportunity to educate students about some of the “science world’s” most interesting topics. We are here to provide students with the idea that one day, they can create solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. From the United States to the Middle East we are here to make a difference and improve the educational science experience for students everywhere. Come be a part of that educational science experience!

 

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High Touch High Tech Invites You to the Franchise Expo Toronto!

Come to Canada’s Largest “Own Your Own Business”Event!

September 8-9, 2018: Toronto – The International Centre – Hall 5

High Touch High Tech is at booth #312

Sat. 10am-5pm · Sun. 11am-5pm

 

2 days only! Meet Face to Face with High Touch High Tech President/CEO, Daniel Shaw!

Stop by our booth and learn why franchising is the EASY way to own your own business!

 

For more information about the event and how to get free admission, please click here:

http://www.franchiseshowinfo.com/toronto-september-show

 

We can’t wait to see you there!

High Touch High Tech Conference, October 4-7th, 2018, Denver, Colorado.

 

High Touch High Tech will bring its franchisee’s together for three days of learning, networking and FUN at its Conference, to be held in Denver, Colorado, October 4-7th.

The three-day, invitation-only event will feature several workshops addressing; effective ground marketing techniques, engagement beyond the classroom and some fantastic new technology.

We will also have some new programs that will be released to all of High Touch High Tech Franchises. Among other highlights of the conference, High Touch High Tech will have two guest speakers! Johnny Hyde, who is a Marketing Expert and Steven Kohnke, who is a Growth Coach. Both are Colorado natives and looking forward to speaking to all of you!

“We are so excited to be planning our Pathways 2018 Trek to Success conference. Everything about this conference has been quite intentional. We are holding the conference in Denver, CO, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, and the conference site will be at the historic  Brown Palace. Both the city, and the conference venue will serve to inspire us all.  This will be an amazing backdrop to our Pathways 2018 Trek to Success conference. This incredible conference will motivate, educate, and set us all on a trek to success! Our team at the corporate office has been working on developing workshops, inviting local experts, that will provide actionable “take away” so that all our attendees will leave the conference and “hit the ground running.” It is our goal at the corporate office to provide ongoing support, assistance, and collaboration to our entire family of franchisees. I hope to see everybody in Denver in October.” Scientifically yours, Daniel “Dinosaur Dan” Shaw.

Catch a glimpse of last year’s conference and the fun you can expect this year in Colorado!

We hope to see you all there!!

 

Franchises-When They’re Hot!

Franchises – When They’re Hot

 When you’re considering the purchase of a franchise, you want to be sure the one you choose is “hot”. With so many opportunities out there, how do you know what’s hot and what’s not? Let’s take a look at a few indicators that may help you decide to jump into the fire!

Happiness in Numbers

The more the merrier when it comes to the sale of new franchise units. Franchisors are always on the lookout for new franchisees.  New units mean new franchise fees and monthly royalty income for the franchisor. If a franchise concept sees a spike in franchise sales or shows steady growth in the opening of new units, it might be “hot”.

Locations, Locations, Locations

Do you see a franchise on every corner? When you travel, do you see the same franchise every place you go? Lots of locations mean lots of brand visibility and probably heightened consumer awareness of the products and services offered by said brand. If a franchise concept pops up just about everywhere, chances are it’s “hot”.

In the Spotlight

Some franchises get a lot of media attention and publicity; however, the reasons why may vary. Maybe they made a major contribution to a well known charity; or their annual earnings report just went public; or they just signed a major celebrity to their system. Regardless of why they are in the news…..they’re in the news and getting your attention. In your eyes, publicity is good and therefore, a franchise is “hot”.

Although these three reasons can certainly play a major role in determining which franchises are “hot” and ultimately which system you’ll join, there are a myriad of other reasons you may consider before stepping onto the coals!

Equating popularity to profitability is completely normal; however, not always an accurate assessment. Does the franchise concept you’re interested in have the potential of becoming a fad or does it have history and staying power? Is this franchise concept recession-proof; can it withstand and adapt to a fluctuating economy? Does this franchise concept meet a consumer need that you don’t foresee disappearing anytime soon? Are there too many locations nearby for you to really have a chance to be profitable?

All these questions and more are good things to ask before signing on the dotted line. And the great thing about a franchise system is you can ask actual franchisees, the ones who found the answers to their questions and have already taken the risk and are in business.

To learn more about franchise opportunities with High Touch High Tech, visit us online at ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net.