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  1. How Shears Are Made

    Explore the basic process used to create these everyday objects. Samples of the procedure exhibit each step of scissor production, from the heating of a slender bar of tough low carbon steel to polishing the nickel-plated blades on a cotton-padded machine. Learn More
  2. Pig Iron

    Check out this brittlest of irons, the first product when iron ores are smelted. Pig Iron, also called cast iron, is used in many familiar objects, like stoves, kettles, and flatirons. Learn More
  3. Aluminum Production

    Explore the most versatile of all metals, aluminum can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can also be extruded, forged, and cast in molds. Aluminum is also often alloyed with other metals. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Ancient Egyptian Games

    All humans have a need to rest and relax from the stresses of everyday life! Ancient Egyptians were no exception. Enjoy leisure time as an Ancient Egyptian aristocrat might have with the game of Senet. Create your own Senet Board. Finally, reflect upon what other Egyptians without the resources to purchase or make the pieces of Senet might have played. Learn More
  10. Hopi Traditions

    Learn about how we can examine artifacts in order to infer a culture's values and its people's lifestyle. Examine the landscape where the Hopi live, and predict how they have had such great success agriculturally throughout history. Make your own clay pot that tells a story through stylized figures. Gather a set of your own belongings that would be able to teach someone from another culture about your own values and lifestyle! Learn More

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