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  1. Sounds of Africa

    This box can be used as an introduction to the science of sound, as well as to explore African cultures through music. By examining various African percussion instruments, come to understand how and why materials, force, resonance, and size of instrument result in unique sound. Discover the role music has played in different African cultures and how it has developed, based on factors such as location, materials available, and purpose. Learn More
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Life Along the Nile

    The Nile River was a source of water and life for the Ancient Egyptians. Examine a fishing net, papyrus paper, and other objects in this box to identify common themes of life along the Nile. Learn to operate a model of a shaduf, an ancient water-lifting device still in use today. Then, hold a debate about whether life in Ancient Egypt could have existed without the Nile River. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. Hominid Evolution

    Learn about the sweep of hominid evolution! Using skull casts of three distinct hominid species, explore how scientists use various measurements to distinguish between the different species. Create a hominid family tree and hold replicas of some of the first tools used by hominids during the early Stone Age. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Ancient Egyptian Tomb Building

    People in Ancient Egypt had specific ways of paying homage to the deceased, which honored their cultural and religious beliefs about death. Work together to construct a model tomb of Unis-Ankh. Learn how the drawings were laid out on tomb walls using the Canon of Proportions grid and create your own drawings. Finally, design your own tomb, making decisions about construction, location, and important objects necessary for the afterlife. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  10. African Craftsmanship

    Explore some of the amazing techniques used by artists and craftspeople in different parts of Africa. Examine real calabash and metal objects and learn more about their design and creation processes. Learn More

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