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  1. Linoleum

    One person's waste is another's product! The waste from the manufacture of corkstoppers and other cork byproducts is used in the making of linoleum. Learn the process of how the material used to make your bulletin board is transformed into material used for your kitchen floor! Learn More
  2. Sugar Maple Tree

    Discover the beautiful sugar maple tree, found in the northeastern United States. Not only does the processed sap of the tree produce three quarters of the maple sugar crop, but the lumber is used in making fine floors and furniture. Learn More
  3. Witch Hazel

    Soothe yourself with the medicinally important leaves of the witch hazel shrub, a secret salve of the Native Americans have been using for centuries. Fresh leaves and twigs provide an astringent lotion for bruises and wounds, and the dried leaves are known to produce a valuable extract used in internal medicine. Learn More
  4. Cereals

    Cereal is more than just breakfast food, it is an important group of grains, including wheat, rye, and oats, from all over the world. The cultivation of these staples has a long and varied history, and its present uses include everything from nourishment to laundry starch to straw hats. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. Soybeans

    Pluck a soybean and marvel at its versatility. Aside from its nutritious value, soy can be processed into oils and soaps, as well as stock feed, flour, and cereals. Learn More
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Paper

    Ever wonder how a tree like the one in your backyard becomes the paper in your school notebook? Delve into the processing of paper from wood, only one of the materials paper is commonly made from. Learn More

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