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  1. 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
  2. Jute

    Transport yourself to India, where jute has been cultivated for centuries to produce coarse fabrics and twine. A long process of hydration and peeling is needed to bring the jute from its plant form to a usable material. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Flax

    Pull up a stalk of flax and learn about its great many uses. Flax seeds are used in linseed oil, while the fibers, or linen, can produce yarn, paper and other things. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. Coffee

    Discover the beautiful flowering trees that produce the coffee "berry." Bright red when ripe, these berries are dried, hulled, and roasted to create this popular beverage. Learn More
  10. 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

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