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  1. 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
  2. Tanning

    Examine the intricate steps that go into the process of tanning. Eleven specimens exhibit a variety of methods used to tan animal skin, as well as the end result of each process. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  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. 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. 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

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