Archive for July, 2013

STEM Spotlight: Roller Coaster Engineer

What is more fun then riding a roller coaster? Ask mechanical engineer Chris Gray and he’d say building one! At Greater Coaster International, Chris applies his creativity and engineering know-how to build exhilarating (and safe!) roller coasters. For more Design Squad Nation go to Learn More About STEM & Cool STEM Careers on

August 2013 E-News: Celebrating Family Fun Month…Science Style!

August is Family Fun Month! As summer vacation is drawing to a close & families are gearing up for another school year, this month is the perfect time to incorporate learning into your family activities. You may think that combining science with anything outside of school sounds like a parental pipe dream, but with a little hands-on [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

Zooplankton – the tiny organisms drifting at the surface of sea and fresh water The word zooplankton is derived from the Greek words zoon, meaning “animals,” and planktos, meaning “drifters” or “wanders.” Zooplankton are microscopic animals that float in the water currents. They live in fresh and salt water. High Touch High Tech is the [...]

Think About It Thursday: How does a camel stay cool?

Camels are very hardy, strong, and large mammals, so how do they stay cool in the hot, desert sun? There are actually two distinct species of camels, the dromedary and the Bactrian, that live in different areas of the world. The Bactrian camel usually lives in rugged desert environments in eastern Asia and the Sahara [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

Aerodonetics – the science, study, and art of gliding Aerodonetics is the study of soaring and gliding. Aerodonetics focuses on the stability of aircraft and how it interacts with the forces of flight. High Touch High Tech is the leader in innovative hands-on science and nature experiences for children, serving over 4 million children annually [...]

Think About It Thursday: Do horses sleep standing up?

Yes! Horses sleep standing up! The body of a horse is built to stand up while sleeping. The bones and ligaments of a horse’s legs actually lock into place in a specific way. (Ligaments are the elastic tissue surrounding bones and cartilage. Ligaments also connect joints.) When their legs lock into place, called the “stay [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

Ecologist – a scientist that studies the relationships among organisms and their environment Ecologists research how organisms interact with each other and their physical surroundings. Earth hosts a wide variety of dynamic ecosystems. Ecologists incorporate both biology and Earth science to study the planet’s biodiversity.   High Touch High Tech is the leader in innovative [...]

Think About It Thursday: Why is it so HOT?!

On July 10, 1913, scientists recorded the hottest temperature ever measured on Earth – 134˚ F! This record-setting heat was in Death Valley, California. This was exactly 100 years ago (plus 2 days). The Death Valley National Park celebrated the 100th Anniversary on July 10, 2013. Adding to the excitement, a heat wave hit the [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

Locomotion – the ability to move from one place to another In biology, locomotion is self-propelled movement. Organisms can change direction by walking, swimming, climbing, running, jumping, or flying. An organism’s muscles aid in locomotion. High Touch High Tech is the leader in innovative hands-on science and nature experiences for children, serving over 4 million [...]

Think About It Thursday: How Do Fireworks Explode?

On the 4th of July, we celebrate with a sparkling, colorful display of lights in the sky – Fireworks! This exciting (and loud) festivity is also a scientific wonder. Firecrackers were first created hundreds of years ago in China. Using gunpowder, the Chinese placed the black powder in tight paper tubes and lit the fuse. [...]