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Discovery Box

How does one display scientific discoveries, especially those lesser ones that are only important to the discoverer, say, those under the age of eight?

Behold! A bunch of drawers, er, the Discovery Box. This discovery box featured in the link actually comes equipped with its own shells, rocks, bugs, and other assorted science-y things. But what a great idea to buy something similar – the big box stores (no pun intended) sell everything from cardboard shoe shelves to wooden dressers – and either make one for them, or if your child is a collector they can keep their feathers and rocks in these little drawers, saving shelf space and in a location where their younger sibling or the dog won’t try to eat it, yet still “display” or at least “save” their scientific data. The young scientist can decorate it as he or she deems fit, and even create and re-create their own scientific classifications.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.