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  1. Vamos a Comer

    Latin American cuisine displays great variability. Different regions within Latin America are known for their distinct styles of cooking and signature dishes, made with local crops and tools both ancient and modern. This Experience Box introduces students to a few of these dishes by exploring the ingredients and tools used to prepare them. Along the way students can: research the history of various foods, including their introduction to new consumers and transport into new markets; interact with the culinary tools to predict their uses; and act out what it would be like to fry a plantain or grind dried chile peppers. Learn More
  2. Corn

    Examine the great versatility and interesting cultural history of corn. A native of Mexico, corn's usefulness goes beyond flour and cornmeal, to paper, mattress stuffing and even explosives. Learn More
  3. Paper

    Ever wonder how a tree like the one in your backyard becomes the paper in your school notebook? Delve into the processing of paper from wood, only one of the materials paper is commonly made from. Learn More
  4. Tea

    Tea


    Tea may grow best in Asian countries, but it is an important cultural element of diets around the world. View the remarkable tea plant up close and discover some of the steps used to process and market it. Learn More
  5. Story of Chocolate

    Dive into the fascinating world of chocolate! Experience the ecological, biological and commercial importance of this treat, with a history dating back to the ancient Maya. Learn More
  6. Woodland Native American Shelter

    Homes are designed to provide shelter for their inhabitants living in a particular environment and climate. Some homes are built for temporary or seasonal purposes. Others are built as permanent structures. The Woodland Native Americans built summer and winter homes. Discover the materials used to build woodland shelters and the environment and climate in which they were built. Design and build your own wigwam to understand how Woodland Native Americans used to build their shelters! Learn More
  7. Coconut

    Stranded on a desert island? You can count on the coconut to provide food, drink, shelter, and fuel, among other things. A native of the Malayan coast, the versatile coconut tree can reach heights of up to 100 feet. Learn More
  8. Lacquer Ware

    Witness the magical, painstaking process that produces lacquerware. Made from the transparent sap of the lacquer tree and later colored with pigments, the practice of lacquering wood and ceramics has its origins in ancient Asia. Learn More
  9. Sugar Beet

    Examine a spoonful of this everyday sweetener and you will find that one third of all sugar crop comes from the sugar beet. Very similar to cane sugar, the process of manufacturing beet sugar is slightly more complicated. Learn More
  10. Wheat

    Follow a wheat stalk from crop field to sandwich bread in its complicated manufacturing process. Sifting, scouring, brushing and milling are all a part of turning wheat into bran oats, germ, gluten, and flour. Learn More

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