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Museum lends out artifacts in a box

Christine Lee

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The Chico State Anthropology museum opened a new program which borrows artifacts to elementary school teachers.

The Soroptimist International of America organization donated $1,300 to the Chico State Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology which was used to open the new program, Museum-In-A-Box. Elementary school teachers can check out boxes which contains artifacts, hands-on projects, books and teaching curriculum.

The program was created to alleviate distance and budget restraints for elementary school field trips to the museum. There are currently two boxes available:

Box 1: Behind the mask: Looking into the human history

  • 10 replicas of masks from around the world
  • Teacher curriculum and hands-on lessons
  • Books on the native people
  • Class plays for different cultural acts

Box 2: Early Humans

  • Sixth grade hands-on curriculum to explore world of physical anthropologists
  • Skull replicas of Australopithicines, Homo erectus, Neanderthals and modern humans

The museum lends out the boxes to teachers for up to several weeks. Teachers can call and make reservations with the museum.

Christine Lee can be reached at: [email protected] or @leechris017 on Twitter.

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