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.

National Hire a Veteran Day-July 25th

July 25th is National Hire a Veteran day! Our nation’s heroes are some of the best employees and help us create a stronger work force. Veterans have been shown to have stronger learning curve abilities, a profound understanding of teamwork and how it improves productivity, and leadership abilities within hierarchical and peer structures.
The United States government has a program, the Special Employer Incentives(SEI), which assists with the hiring and retention of military veteran employees. This program assists businesses with salary reimbursements, expenses related to cost of training, and aids in accommodating the needs of the individual veteran. Hiring a veteran can guide you in finding the valuable employee necessary to see your business succeed!
In addition to being great employees, veterans make outstanding small business owners! Veterans have proven their ability to perform under the highest levels of pressure and responsibility, making them well equipped to handle the stresses of entrepreneurship while being effective and successful! One of the many benefits of being a small business owner is the ability to work a flexible schedule, which is an added convenience for active and reserve military personnel.
High Touch High Tech values the skillset that our veterans bring to the workforce! We offer a Veteran’s Discount on the Franchise Fee to open a High Touch High Tech location and look forward to offering this to our Veteran’s and their families! High Touch High Tech is a Small Business Administration(SBA) approved franchise and will work with you to secure your Veteran’s Small Business Loan!

Our franchisees are changing the world one young scientist at a time!
P.O. Box 8495, Asheville, NC 28814
PHONE: 
828.684.3192
TOLL FREE (USA): 
800.444.4968
info@ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net

 

Works Cited:
Military.com “10 Reasons to Hire a Veteran.” Miliary.com, Web 2019. 22 July 2019.
US Department of Veteran’s Affairs “Special Employer Incentives SEI.” Virginia Government Benefits, SEI flyer, 2012. 22 July 2019
Riggins, Nash.  “15 Benefits of Hiring Military Veterans.” Small Business Trends, Web 2017. 22 July 2019

 

Young Entrepreneurs and Franchises.

 

 

When you set out to start a business of your own a great option that can get over looked is franchising, especially for young entrepreneurs.  Franchising gives you many of the same advantages of running your own business but comes with some great perks like training, credibility and a plan to start and grow right from the start. High Touch High Tech-Science Made Fun offers those perks!

Here are a few questions to consider when searching for the right franchise;

  • Which franchise would appeal to my experiences and interests as a recent college graduate?
  • Which franchises feature low startup capital requirements?
  • Which franchises are friendliest to young entrepreneurs?
  • Which franchises make a difference?

Reasons High Touch High Tech is the right franchise for young entrepreneurs;

  • Large market assignment
  • Loyal customers
  • Low cost
  • Home-Based Business
  • Grow a profitable children’s franchise
  • Start with a 25+ year reputation
  • Educational credibility
  • Unlimited Corporate support
  • Internet presence — websites, social media, and blog
  • Corporate partnerships — to further increase brand visibility
  • Continuous cash flow
  • Franchisee Resource Center
  • Biennial franchise conferences that provide opportunities to learn fresh and innovative ways to grow your business, while exploring best practices and interacting with fellow owners.
  • Engage children
  • Support science education and teachers
  • Bolster student achievement

Hightouch Hightech

Our franchisees are changing the world one young scientist at a time!

P.O. Box 8495, Asheville, NC 28814
PHONE: 828.684.3192
TOLL FREE (USA): 800.444.4968

info@ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net

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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Happy 25th Anniversary to High Touch High Tech of Atlanta!

Happy 25th Anniversary to the High Touch High Tech of Atlanta Franchise!

 

 

To celebrate this anniversary we sat down with Helene Nelms to ask her a few questions about her time with HTHT ATL and her advice to anyone looking to invest in a HTHT Franchise!

What made you want to buy a HTHT Franchise? 

I enjoyed teaching for the founder, Dan Shaw, in Coral Springs FL, for a year in the company’s early stages.  I loved how his idea of “edutainment” thrilled both the teachers and students. During that time Dan began to sell franchises and I convinced my parents to partner with me to buy the metro Atlanta franchise. As a young single professional, I was excited to move out of Coral Springs FL, into a bigger city. Dianne, Richard and I believed in Dan’s vision and agreed to “make it happen” as Dad would say, in Atlanta, GA.

What advice would you give to a person looking to buy a HTHT Franchise?

HTHT provides is a time-tested product/service so market it in your territory in as many ways as possible. I am trying to slowly change with the times of social media but here is an old timer marketing tip that brought us in a lot of business. Every time you finish a program at a school drop off what we call “dear grade chair letters,”.  These letters begin by saying “Dear grade chair,” “we just successfully completed a hands-on science program with the (insert grade completed that day) Please inquire with them about how much the students and teachers enjoyed the experience.” Then continue explaining about your company and attach a brochure to each letter. Make sure you express that each program meets current grade specific standards for your area and are hands on and participatory by each student.  Ask the front office lady to kindly put the letters with brochures attached in the grade chair mail boxes of all grades except the grade you just completed. Therefore, at your office, you would have 6 stacks of letters for elementary school prepared with brochures attached that say…” We just successfully completed K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th” so that every time you go to one of those grades you grab five letters for that grade and put in all mailboxes except the grade you just completed.

What great experiences/trials/errors have you had with HTHT over the last 25 years?

WOW.  Not sure I can sum that up in a few lines but if I had to try I would say the last 25 years has taken a lot of hard work and dedication by both owners and employees but if you are going to pour your heart into your career it is extremely rewarding to know how much you, your partners, your teachers and assistants are positively influencing and impacting the lives of today’s youth. I am most grateful for the time flexibility the business provides the owners now that we are past the early years and established in our roles as partners.  Thanks to our outstanding, dedicated and reliable managers, teachers, and administrative assistants we grew the company as a team and I was able to raise three beautiful children in that time span alongside my two partners, that happen to be their grandparents. 🙂 My kids literally grew up at the office and with our extended High Touch High Tech family. Thanks to Dan’s original brilliant idea, Dianne, Richard, and I along with our exceptional team have had had the pleasure of positively impacting what I am guesstimating to be approximately 1.5 million children.  As to be expected, some years were more challenging than others both financially and logistically but to still be going strong after 24 years incorporated, I would say we must be doing something right. 🙂 In addition to our HTHT family, I am also lucky enough to have a supportive husband at home to bounce ideas off of.

What are you passionate about, what are your hobbies? 

We are a very sports minded family so much of my free time revolves around travel ball for all three of my teenagers. I also try to keep myself physically active with recreational athletics. Going to movies and comedy clubs are my favorite pastimes and I hope we get to travel more in the future.

Congratulations again, to Helene Nelms and her wonderful staff at HTHT of Atlanta!

Here is to another FUN 25 years!

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3rd Quarter Franchisee Spotlight Person Is……

 

Our September 2018 Franchisee Spotlight Person is…….

Judy Alexander

High Touch High Tech of Houston.

 

 

 

1. Favorite Food?

Anything that doesn’t eat me first…& I’ll try anything once.

2. Favorite Music?

Pop & classical, but I love to go to concerts of any genre.

3. How do you spend your free time?

Running & traveling

4. A superhero you most identify with?

Deadpool

5. Favorite part of owning a HTHT Franchise.

Hearing students say, “This is the best day of my life!” & “I want to be a scientist when I grow up!”

 

Thank you Judy Alexander for all the hard work you do at HTHT of HOUSTON and Congratulations on becoming the 2018 3rd Quarter Franchisee Spotlight Person!!

HTHT Welcomes Our Newest Franchise in Maine!

High Touch High Tech – Science Made Fun is pleased to announce our newest Franchise location!

Please welcome to the HTHT Family, High Touch High Tech Maine!

Genia traveled to Asheville, NC during the week of December 9th–December 14th, 2017 to complete her franchise training.

Give Genia Sklute a warm welcome to the HTHT – Science Made Fun family!

Transition From Your Old Job To Your Dream Job!

How to Transition from your Old Job to Owning your own Business as a Franchisee

There comes a time in your life when you grow tired of your day job and dream of owning your own business. You dream of being your own boss and setting your own schedule. But for many, they don’t know where to begin. That’s where becoming a franchisee comes in! Certain benefits come along when buying into a franchise model, for instance, there’s a proven company track record, an established brand name, training programs and not to mention ongoing support and marketing assistance.

So how do you choose which franchise is right for you?

Research, research, research! 

1. Attend franchise events. The International Franchise Expo claims that it is the largest expo in the U.S., with more than 300 franchises in attendance. The IFE conference is hosted annually, as well as a number of smaller regional events nationwide.

High Touch High Tech was in attendance of the 2017 International Franchise Expo help at the Javits Center in New York City this past June. We will also be attending some regional events throughout the rest of 2017. Please see our schedule listed below:

Austin, Texas – September 23 & 24

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – October 7 & 8

Orlando, Florida – October 20 & 21

2. Talk to franchisors and franchisees. Head to the franchisors website and request more information. Carefully review all materials including the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), a legal document that the Federal Trade Commission requires franchisors to provide. For a more in depth look, try calling existing and perhaps former franchisees. Ask the franchisees about their experiences, including the support they have received from the corporate office. For a hands-on look see if there is a franchise location near you and see if you can shadow them for a day. 

3. Consult with the Better Business Bureau. Check to see if there are any consumer complaints against a particular franchisor by doing a search on the Better Business Bureau’s website or by contacting the Federal Trade Commission. 

 4. Do a web search. There are a number of sites for basic franchise information. We recommend taking a look at the International Franchise Association’s website IFA, The Franchise Directory, Entrepreneur MagazineWorld FranchisingFranData and American Franchisee Association

 

For more information about owning a High Touch High Tech franchise please visit our website: https://sciencemadefunfranchise.net/index.cfm

Steps to owning a High Touch High Tech Franchise: https://sciencemadefunfranchise.net/steps_how_to_franchise