NSF Transmedia Project

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a modern myth; a 200-year-old science-fiction story with 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, with a grant from the National Science Foundation will take on this challenge, pairing the compelling nature of the Frankenstein narrative with digital and hands-on activities to invite deeper conversations about questions of scientific innovation and responsibility. The award – Increasing Learning and Efficacy about Emerging Technologies through Transmedia Engagement by the Public in Science-in-Society Activities will advance new approaches to the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments, across digital and physical platforms: Across these multiple engagements, the Transmedia Museum will prompt participants to consider the questions that emerged in Shelley’s Frankenstein and continue to inform issues in contemporary society. With an interdisciplinary team of researchers from across the University and advisors around the nation, CSI continues to work through these elements, activities and prototypes to create a product befitting Shelley’s original, groundbreaking masterpiece. Partners: