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  1. How Shears Are Made

    Explore the basic process used to create these everyday objects. Samples of the procedure exhibit each step of scissor production, from the heating of a slender bar of tough low carbon steel to polishing the nickel-plated blades on a cotton-padded machine. Learn More
  2. Northwest Coast Mask (Hawk)

    Begin exploring peoples of the Northwest Coast, their culture and traditions, with a carved cedar mask. Learn More
  3. Chinese Traditions

    Explore the art and daily life of one of the world's most enduring civilizations! Use an exciting collection of objects, from scholar's writing supplies to a graphic novel to a 12-foot-long reproduction of a classic Chinese scroll painting, to learn about history and empathy. Note: This box was created to complement The Field Museum's Cyrus Tang Hall of China, but if your class can't make it to the museum (or to the website for a virtual tour), it stands on its own.

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  4. Oil Well Model

    Take a closer look at the intricate workings of an oil well, bearing down deep through thousands of feet of stratified rock. You will get a glimpse of the machinery as well as the tremendous power it takes to extract oil from its sandy home. Learn More
  5. Balafon (Large)

    Play an African instrument similar to a xylophone called a balafon. This instrument is a larger version of the balafon in the Sounds of Africa Experience Box. Learn More
  6. Northwest Coast Mask (Eagle)

    Begin exploring peoples of the Northwest Coast, their culture and traditions, with a carved cedar mask. Learn More
  7. Coal Mine Model

    Dive into the difficult underground world of coal mining. Complete with tiny workers and machinery, this model exhibits the ways in which we locate and harvest this all-important fuel. Learn More
  8. Japanese Cloisonné

    Witness the extraordinary work of Japanese cloisonné artists. Created with wire framing filled in with enamel paste, the art of enamel decoration has been practiced since ancient times. Learn More
  9. Northwest Coast Mask (Person)

    Begin exploring peoples of the Northwest Coast, their culture and traditions, with a carved cedar mask. Learn More
  10. Pig Iron

    Check out this brittlest of irons, the first product when iron ores are smelted. Pig Iron, also called cast iron, is used in many familiar objects, like stoves, kettles, and flatirons. Learn More

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