Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a modern myth; a 200 year-old science-fiction story that explores themes of human creativity, societal responsibility and scientific ethics.
Two centuries later, these themes continue to resonate in our technological age. As citizens with access to incredible tools for creation and transformation, we not only need to understand the fundamentals of science and technology, but also to develop the skills to actively participate in the policy discussions that surround these fields. Arizona State University, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, will take on this challenge, pairing Mary Shelley’s compelling Frankenstein narrative with an integrated set of digital and hands-on activities to inspire deeper conversations about scientific and technological creativity and social responsibility.
The Transmedia Museum will advance new approaches to the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments, across digital and physical platforms:
- The Frankenstein 200 Experience: An interactive digital narrative, incorporating collection objects from a broad range of museums, science centers, start-ups and community maker spaces to encourage the development of 21st century skills related to creative collaboration and critical thinking.
- Frankenstein’s Footlocker: A tabletop kit for museums, science centers, community centers, and other learning hubs that will support creative and making activities, promote reflection on social and ethical issues, and explore emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, robotics, and bioengineering.
- Frankenstein’s Workbench: A set of at-home maker activities, online challenges, and competitions involving hands-on science and other creative activities. Across these multiple engagements, The Transmedia Museum will prompt participants to consider the questions that emerge in Shelley’s Frankenstein and continue to inform contemporary discussions about science, technology, and society:
Across these multiple engagements, The Transmedia Museum will prompt participants to consider the questions that emerge in Shelley’s Frankenstein and continue to inform contemporary discussions about science, technology, and society:
- What is life?
- What does it mean to be human?
- Why do we create?
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