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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Sugar Beet

    Examine a spoonful of this everyday sweetener and you will find that one third of all sugar crop comes from the sugar beet. Very similar to cane sugar, the process of manufacturing beet sugar is slightly more complicated. Learn More
  4. Wheat

    Follow a wheat stalk from crop field to sandwich bread in its complicated manufacturing process. Sifting, scouring, brushing and milling are all a part of turning wheat into bran oats, germ, gluten, and flour. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Pyralin

    It takes a lot to convert cotton bolls into usable cotton fabric. Investigate the step by step process that mixes this cellulose product, that forms the basis of the cotton fabric, with shredded and treated cotton, eventually producing manufactured pyroxylin. Learn More
  8. Tea Plant

    Tea comes from the young leaves of a tea plant, a shrub cultivated in India, China, Japan, and other countries. Take a look at a sprig from this beautiful shrub, and see the many colors and textures of the various types of tea it is used to make. Learn about the process that can turn one plant into so many products! Learn More
  9. 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
  10. 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

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