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  1. World Percussion

    Drums, cymbals, gongs, sticks and a variety of other instruments are percussion instruments. They are created and used all over the world by many cultures. Allow students to strike and shake instruments to hear the different tones produced. Compare and contrast the instruments in the box to better understand how an instrument's materials and shape affect the sound produced. Learn More
  2. Vanilla

    Follow the climbing vanilla vine through its tropical habitat. A member of the orchid family, the bean of the vanilla plant has been used for centuries in Central and South America. Learn More
  3. Day of the Dead

    El Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an important holiday in many Latin American cultures. It centers on remembering and honoring deceased family members and the cycle of life. Marvel in the vibrant decorations and art used to adorn homes and altars during this holiday; infer cultural beliefs about death by looking at the details of masks, rattles, and other decorations; and make your own altar to commemorate a deceased historical figure. Learn More
  4. Living Together: Shoes

    By examining shoes, we can explore the needs and desires of individuals around the world. This box contains various shoes from diverse cultures. Use them to discuss measurement by analyzing and comparing different shoes and their sizes. Practice classification and categorization by sorting the shoes into different groups. Finally, analyze Van Gogh's shoe paintings and create your own interpretation of his work. 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. Metate (Grinding Stone)

    The metate is a volcanic flat rock used in Mexico and Central America for grinding corn and other foods products. Students can experience grinning corn into meal. Learn More
  7. 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
  8. Rubber

    Bounce into the fascinating world of rubber production. Rubber is, and was, an important resource in Middle America. Extracted from milkweed trees, rubber is exposed to acid, sulphur and high heat to create a variety of useful materials. Rubber was imported into Central Mexico from Veracruz. Learn More

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