Hear it From A HTHT Scientist

Recently, One of our High Touch High Tech Scientists, Jet Stream Julie, went to teach at an after school elementary program. She taught Germs Make Me Sick© science program to a group of K-3rd  graders. The purpose of this experiment is for the children to learn about those nasty little germs that make us sick and to find out how easily germs can be passed around and how you can keep germs off you!

Today I taught the students about germs and their sneaky hiding spots. I opened the program by discussing all the different places that are high traffic freeways for germs.

We discussed the high traffic germ areas is school, such as the back of chairs, door handles, and water fountain handles. We then discussed the places at homes that sneaky little germs like to hang out at like the key boards, light switches, cell phones, and the remote controls! We then discussed what the children thought was the germiest thing in the kitchen, the children all said the garbage can.  Then I told them that the kitchen sponge is the germiest things in a kitchen! Lots of ewwww’s after that. Did you know that already?

Next we discussed our favorite restaurants. (The children had a disgusted look on their faces during this discussion!) They now know the seats/booths and menus are another one of the germiest places in a restaurant (as they are not required by law to clean those frequently.)

We then chatted a little about how important hand washing is, and about why our fingernails are cesspools for germs constantly.

Finally on to our experiment! It calls for only three things, red glitter, hand lotion and time. The idea being that our germs (glitter) will end up in an assortment of places. After about 30 minutes later we took a look at the difference places our germs had navigated to. Alas, the germs were everywhere! We had germs on hands, faces, tables, the floor, on clothes, and on virtually every surface students touched! Again, more ewwww’s.

Our take away message was threefold; don’t touch your face, wash hands frequently and one can never use too much hand sanitizer!

They came in knowing a little, yet they left well informed about joining the hand sanitizer nation, and to top it off, they did not even realizing they were learning science. They just thought they were having some fun with Jet Stream Julie!

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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!


On the Map Monday: Snow Storm 2017


One of the strongest snowfalls to hit the Western North Carolina Region, came to visit us at High Tech High Touch this weekend! There was anywhere from 8 inches to 18 inches of snow, in different areas and was considered the 15th biggest storm on record. Schools closed, Government offices shut down and companies were letting people go home early. Good Samaritans helped pull cars out of ditches and once the snow had stopped, neighbors helped neighbors clear walk ways and driveways. Children, (and some adults) enjoyed the snow by building snowmen, having snowball fights and going sledding. How did this weekends snow storm affect you?


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Happy 50th Birthday Google Doodle!


Have you ever had to solve a puzzle using a secret code? On December 4th, 2017 the Google.com homepage showcased a “doodle” that celebrated 50 years since children programming and coding languages were first displayed to everyone, worldwide! To celebrate “computer science education week” the ‘Google Doodle’ team and researchers from MIT created the first ever kids focused coding “doodle”!

This “doodle” resonated with the High Touch High Tech team as we are committed to providing a similar “hands-on” experiment to the students we serve with a coding activity called, Ozobot-Will You Win or Not (c)?
 Ozobot-Will You Win or Not (c)? allows students to program step by step instructions that will “tell” their “Ozobot” exactly what to do! Writing in code is like writing in a language that only your robot can hear. The color sequencing codes created can be used to command the speed, direction, or action of the robot! How cool is that?!
Our goal is to deliver an effective coding/programming activity that will promote technology and can be used by children of all ages. On the first Monday in December,  everyone around the world (including myself) had the opportunity to “play with” and explore the Doodle as it lets you direct a bunny around the garden in search of carrots. Let the fun begin everyone and keep up the coding, Google! 
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