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Unit 2: Hop to It

STEM Reading Camp

TermDefinition
Habitat a place where an animal lives and has everything it needs to survive
Invasive Species is a plant or animal that is not native to a specific location (an introduced species); and has a tendency to spread, which is believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy and/or human health.
Machine an object with several moving parts used to complete some sort of work
Mechanical Engineer an engineer dealing with the design and production of machinery.
Native Species animals who are indigenous to a particular habitat
Technology using science to create tools that solve problems
Population the number of people that live in a certain area
community a place where a group of people live
energy source something such as oil, coal, or the sun, which can be used to provide power for light, heat, machines
producer an organism that can make its own food
herbivore an organism that consumes plants
carnivore an organism that consumes only meat
omnivore an organism that consumes both meat and plants
consumer an organism that cannot make its own food
decomposer are organisms that break down dead or decaying organisms
fungi spore-producing organisms feeding on organic matter, including molds, yeast, mushrooms, and toadstools.
bacteria unicellular microorganisms that can cause disease
food chain a system made up of organisms each dependent on the next as a source of food.
food web a system of connected and interdependent food chains
predator an animal that naturally preys on others
prey an animal that is hunted and killed by others for food
parasite an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host's expense.
host an animal or plant on or in which a parasite or organism lives
limiting factors anything that keeps a population from growing too lage