Archive for November, 2015
On today’s date, November 30th 1974, the hominid referred to as Lucy was discovered in the Afar region of Ethiopia. The discovery of Lucy changed the way scientists looked at the human fossil record forever. Lucy’s bone size and shape indicated that she walked upright, making her the oldest hominid on record to do so. The [...]
People nowadays are turning away from processed sugars and latching onto natural forms of sweeteners. One of the more popular natural sweeteners is maple syrup and it is claimed to be more nutritious and healthier than white sugar. Maple syrup is produced from the sap of the sugar maple tree. The sugar maple tree grows [...]
Over the last 4 weeks, High Touch High Tech has visited the Shannon Forest Christian School to do hands on science with afterschool students. These students participated in 4 of our most FUN, hands-on science experiences during after school hours. They got to explode volcanoes, cook their own s’mores in a solar heated oven, create [...]
The goal of National Handwashing Awareness Week is to decrease the spread of infectious diseases by empowering individuals to educate and help protect their communities. Working together we can make a difference! Here are some resources on teaching Handwashing with your students: https://youtu.be/TCBoDZrTncg https://youtu.be/oBltd8DQRtU https://youtu.be/cWISRb2RMbs When should you wash your hands? Before, during, and after preparing food [...]
Wishing everyone a safe and happy New Years!! Welcome 2016!
Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of pasteurization, vaccination, and microbial fermentation. Notably, he created the first vaccines for the rabies virus and anthrax. However, Louis is best known for his invention of the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination, a process now called pasteurization. The original method of pasteurization was vat pasteurization, which heats milk or other liquid ingredients [...]
Wishing Everyone A Very Merry Christmas from High Touch High Tech!
The winter solstice is considered the shortest day and the longest night of the year and this year it takes place on December 22 for the Northern Hemisphere. Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis by 23-and-a-half degrees, Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light [...]
Wright Brothers Day is celebrated in the United States on December 17 each year. The date commemorates the Wright brothers’ first successful flight accomplished on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville and his brother Wilbur are credited for building the world’s first successful airplane with aircraft controls that enabled them to steer [...]
December 17th is National Maple Syrup Day! Maple syrup comes from the sap of the maple tree. The maple tree is tapped by boring a hole into its trunk and collecting the running sap. Canada, the largest supplier of maple syrup, produces over 5 million gallons of it each year! Native Americans were the first [...]