COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Storm Team 4’s meteorologist Liz McGiffin caught up with Alyssa Cassabaum-Smith, a scientist at COSI, to do an activity similar to how ancient Egyptians made paper.
In ancient Egypt, they would use the papyrus plant as a writing surface. This was created from strips of the pith found inside the stalk laid down in layers. To demonstrate this process, we can use a paper bag cut into strips, water and glue.
You can watch the discussion in the video player above.
Once the papyrus was dried, the ancient Egyptians could write hydrographs on them, similar to what you can see at the upcoming King Tut exhibit.
“Tutankhamun: His Tomb and his Treasures” will open at COSI on March 18 and be there through Labor Day 2023. This exhibit requires a ticket separate from general admission. Tickets are on sale now, and you can reserve your ticket in advance by clicking here. You can also click here to learn more about the upcoming exhibit.
To look into exhibits that are currently open, or check when they are open, you can visit COSI.org.
Check out some other experiments and demonstrations below:
Explaining Pressure by crushing cans
Getting ready for King Tut exhibit
How to make a lava lamp in a bottle
Inside Doc McStuffins and interacting with a blue-tongued skink
Inside “Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs” exhibit
Using Candy to demonstrate air pressure