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Perihelion – the point in the orbit of a planet, comet, or asteroid at which it is closest to the sun Perihelion is the opposite end of aphelion, which is when the orbit of an object is farthest from the sun.
Niche – an organism’s role or function in an ecosystem Each organism has its own specialized and unique niche in an ecosystem. Plants and animals are interdependent, meaning they rely on each other for survival. High Touch High Tech is the leader in innovative hands-on science and nature experiences for children, serving over 4 million [...]
Atoll – a ring-shaped coral reef that encircles a lagoon Atolls can be a ring-shaped reef, an island or chain of islands formed of coral. Atolls enclose a shallow body of saltwater called a lagoon.
Hippocampus – a section of the brain that controls emotion and memory The hippocampus is a main region of the brain that is the center of emotion, long-term memory and short-term memory. The human brain has two hippocampi. One is located on the left side of the brain, the other hippocampus is located on the [...]
Exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star outside of the Solar System Scientists have identified 940 exoplanets, also known as extrasolar planets. It is estimated that the Milky Way galaxy contains nearly 400 billion exoplanets! High Touch High Tech is the leader in innovative hands-on science and nature experiences for [...]
Tundra – a vast, flat, treeless Arctic region where the subsoil is permanently frozen Low temperatures prevent tree growth in tundras. The top layer of soil thaws during the summer and can support growth of grass, mosses and small shrubs. Tundras cover geographic regions of northern North America, Europe, and Asia. High Touch High [...]
Circadian Rhythm ~ a biological function, such as sleep/wake patterns or body temperature, that follows roughly a 24-hour cycle A circadian rhythm is found in most living organisms, including animals, plants, and fungi. Circadian rhythm affects an organism’s physical, mental, and behavioral patterns. Light and darkness greatly influence circadian rhythms. High Touch High Tech is [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]