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Small Business Snapshot: Professor Egghead Science Academy

Small Business Snapshot: Professor Egghead Science Academy Credit: Professor Egghead Science Academy

Company name: Professor Egghead Science Academy
Website: www.ProfessorEgghead.com
Founded: 2007

Co-founder Gary Tuch shared the story behind Professor Egghead Science Academy, a franchise that offers interactive science and engineering classes for kids.

This photo is a great example of what we do — we don't just talk about science; we put it in kids' hands and allow them to learn by doing. We offer science and engineering programs for kids between the ages of 4 and 10 years old. No homework, no lectures or textbooks, just hands-on experiments that give kids the ability to learn while having fun.

I started Professor Egghead Science Academy with my brother Shaun in 2007. Studies show a significant decline in the number of young adults earning their college degree in areas of science, and facts point to an increasing disinterest in younger students. This is a problem for the job market in the United States, and has a negative global impact as well.

Even when we were kids, we had no interest in science because of the way it was introduced to us. It was only when we were older and had the opportunity to see how cool science could be that we realized our passion for it. We started our business to show kids that science is cool! By taking a different approach to teaching science, we hope to change the perspective of young Eggheads everywhere.

Our biggest challenge, as with most successful companies, is healthy growth. There has been a huge demand for our franchise opportunities, and it's up to us to determine who will successfully represent our brand and be successful. It is very exciting to have so many people interested in opening up new locations, but we have to take a step back and make sure they are the right fit.

Brittney Helmrich

Brittney M. Helmrich graduated from Drew University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Creative Writing. She joined the Business News Daily team in 2014 after working as the editor-in-chief of an online college life and advice publication for two years. Follow Brittney on Twitter at @brittneyplz, or contact her by email.