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  1. Fishing in the Americas

    Over generations, various peoples of the Americas lived alongside seas, lakes and rivers. As a result, they developed a deep relationship with and understanding of native fishes and their ecosystems. Learn about how fishing technologies were both similar and different depending on the environment in which they were developed by exploring models and artifacts used for fishing in the Americas. Learn More
  2. West African Fabrics and Symbols

    Explore West African textiles and symbols. Five different types of West African textiles are included in this box. In addition, a traditional calabash stamp and set of rubber stamps depicting West African adinkra symbols can be used for decorating your own textile. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Oil Well Model

    Take a closer look at the intricate workings of an oil well, bearing down deep through thousands of feet of stratified rock. You will get a glimpse of the machinery as well as the tremendous power it takes to extract oil from its sandy home. Learn More
  7. 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
  8. Coal Mine Model

    Dive into the difficult underground world of coal mining. Complete with tiny workers and machinery, this model exhibits the ways in which we locate and harvest this all-important fuel. Learn More
  9. Shells

    These beautiful seashells were made by creatures called mollusks. Learn the many ways that humans have used shells throughout history, and find out where you can go to look for your favorite types! Learn More
  10. Multicultural Math

    Cultures around the world have their own systems of writing numerals and computing numbers. Learn about place value and how to use an abacus as a tool for addition and subtraction. Use Napier's Bones to multiply one-digit by multi-digit numbers. Combine shapes to represent images using tangrams. Learn More

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