Professor Egghead Science Academy Los Angeles is owned by Nick Fraher and Ross Christiansen. We grew up together exploring the world around us and figuring things out the hard way – by engineering our own Lego worlds, falling out of treehouses, and building our own go-carts. We didn’t realize it at the time, but what we were really doing was experimenting and testing, and learning through science.
After finishing school with a degree in Environmental Science, Nick moved to LA to pursue his passion for science and the environment and began working with franchise founders Shaun and Gary just as they started developing the Professor Egghead franchise. His passion for teaching science took over, and he’s stuck with it ever since.
Ross took a longer detour to LA, spending a few years after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania working in New York, Zurich, and London before finally relocating to Los Angeles to run Professor Egghead LA with Nick.
Now that we’re together again we can’t wait to share our fascination with exploring the world through science with a new generation of kids. We always discovering new things by trying, failing, and then trying again, and we’ll always be excited about bringing the wonder of science to a new generation.
Professor Egghead Science Academy was founded by a pair of brothers, Shaun and Gary Tuch, with the goal of making science cool for kids. As kids they took apart their toys to find out how things worked, they shot off rockets and got their hands dirty. But they just never connected with science in the classroom. Too many lectures, too many textbooks; it was boring.
Fast-forward some years later, the brothers had become known for developing leading enrichment programs in Los Angeles. Over the years, they noticed two problems. First, traditional education systems were not addressing curious young minds with engaging science programs at a young age. Second, there was a huge drop in students wanting to attend secondary education for science and engineering. I.e. kids were turned off to science and engineering education, something very important. Shaun and Gary saw a direct link, and came up with a solution.
They created a company that offered educational classes they would have enjoyed as kids. No lectures, no manuals, just messy and awesome science. Shaun and Gary were determined to do something different. Starting with one class of 10 students, the program soon grew to reach over 450 kids across Los Angeles. The program then expanded to offer camps, parties, and workshops. Knowing that the need for Professor Egghead was not limited Los Angeles, CA – the brothers opened the Academy for franchising. Whether a child is going to be a scientist or not, they should still gain the tools to think creatively and understand how the world works. It makes for a better future, for all. Science has never been this cool!
We provide simple, real world explanations, by getting our hands messy… which translates to real learning. On top of all that, it’s fun. Ridiculously fun! We pride ourselves on taking a different approach to teaching Science and Engineering. Remember the days of complicated diagrams and explanations in your textbooks? Are you getting a headache? Well don’t worry; we fixed the problem.
The key to our specialized curriculum is that it’s designed to engage kids in a short period of time while still leaving them with a concrete understanding of important scientific and engineering concepts and ideas. In this fast-paced world of high-speed Internet connections and rapid uploading, we offer programs where we can rapidly upload information straight into students’ minds (well, maybe not literally…but…wait, maybe someday!).
When people think of science, they picture boring lectures, words they don’t understand, and fighting the overwhelming urge to fall asleep. So, we went to the lab and looked into the science behind “Cool”. We came up with the perfect equation! A curriculum designed to be both awesome and educational. Our specialized, hands-on curriculum is designed to cultivate the next generation of curious minds. Don’t you wish you had this as a kid?!