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  1. Living Together: Shelters

    People everywhere must find food and shelter. Living Together: Shelters exhibits the diverse and incredible ways people around the world build their homes, influenced by environment, history, culture, and creativity. Challenge yourself to create a shelter that meets specific environment and material requirements. Finally, design the perfect shelter for your community! Learn More
  2. Rocks and Minerals

    Rocks and minerals are the solid substances that make up Earth. Just like all matter on Earth, rocks and minerals are part of a constantly changing system that cycles through changes, in this case, the rock cycle. In this experience box students will observe samples of rocks and minerals to investigate physical and chemical properties, explore how these substances change over time and analyze the way humans do and can use rocks and minerals. Learn More
  3. Native American Games

    Along with ceremonial song and dance, Native Americans developed a variety of games to entertain, educate and train members of their societies. Play the ring and pin game. Tell a story with one of the many string games from native cultures. Or design and invent a game using materials from your own environment and use consensus to establish rules! Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  4. Shake, Rumble, and Roll

    Earth's surface is a complex, dynamic system fractured into zones called tectonic plates. These plates are in constant motion, causing earthquakes when they move past one another. Use this box to understand the theory of continental drift, the evidence supporting the theory, and how this theory provides the context for earthquakes. Use a seismograph to learn how scientists measure earthquakes and simulate an earthquake to find out how man-made structures might react to ground movements. Learn More
  5. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs

    Unlock the mysteries of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Use rubber stamps to write your name in this script, then examine a piece of real papyrus and a model of the Rosetta Stone. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  6. Butterflies and Moths

    There are about 170,000 known species of butterflies and moths, with an amazing diversity in size, shape and color. Their ability to adapt to almost any climate and habitat has made them some of the most successful creatures on Earth. Like all insects, moths and butterflies go through a metamorphosis, or change of form, during their lifespan. By observing the diversity of butterflies and moths and studying their life stages as well as behavior, we can better understand and value these unique insects. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  7. Multicultural Math

    Cultures around the world have their own systems of writing numerals and computing numbers. Learn about place value and how to use an abacus as a tool for addition and subtraction. Use Napier's Bones to multiply one-digit by multi-digit numbers. Combine shapes to represent images using tangrams. Learn More
  8. Bats

    Learn about these fascinating creatures of the night by examining a bat specimen with fur and a bat skeleton. Try playing an echolocation game to learn more about how bats hunt, and read short stories to discover how different cultures include bats in their myths. Learn More
  9. Life in the Sahara

    For centuries, the Tuareg people have made the Sahara desert their home, by both adapting to the environment and trading with neighboring regions. This Experience Box includes a variety of materials that demonstrate the ways in which the Tuareg have adapted their lifestyles and economy to a desert. Learn More
  10. Beaks and Feet

    This box includes skulls and feet from an ostrich, woodpecker, duck, hawk, and a surprising bird relative. The variation in their beaks and feet emphasizes the fact that all these species are highly adapted to different food sources and environments. Learn about the process of natural selection, test out "eating" with a variety of imitation bird beak types, and create an evolutionary tree of life to illustrate how the specimens in the box are genetically related. Learn More

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