Frankenstein200 is an original digital narrative, created with a team of talented filmmakers and game designers, that pairs real-life collection objects from a broad range of museums with interactive storytelling tools, including videos, web pages, puzzles, and games to reimagine Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for a new generation of students and their families. Learn more about this groundbreaking transmedia learning project below.
Frankenstein200 goes beyond the screen, using exciting hands-on maker activities to prompt discussions and reflection about responsible science — all inspired by themes raised in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. See the activities and their learning objectives:
- Make an automaton, a moving mechanical device that imitates the movement of a human, animal, or other living thing!
- Learn how to create a voltaic pile, the first kind of battery.
- Make a creature out of conductive dough and use it to create an electrical circuit.
- Make a unique creature by mixing and matching different parts of toys. What did you create? Something amazing? Something monstrous?
- Learn how people augment their bodies with technology by creating a light-up mask.
- Make a toy bot with a surprising ability: it scribbles on a sheet of paper. But who is the artist, you or your creature?
- Create a battery from two kinds of metal and your own body!
Over 50 museums partners helped bring Frankenstein200 to life. Information on those organizations, including how to visit them, is here:
- AL – McWane Science Center
- AZ – Arizona Science Center
- CA – California Science Center
- CA – Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
- CA – Pennypickle’s Workshop, the Temecula Children’s Museum
- IA – Science Center of Iowa
- IL – Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn
- IL – Discovery Center Museum
- IN – Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
- KY – Kentucky Science Center
- LA – Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center
- MD – Port Discovery Children’s Museum
- ME – Maine Discovery Museum
- MI – Michigan Science Center
- MN – The Bakken Library and Museum
- MN – Science Museum of Minnesota
- MO – Bootheel Youth Museum
- MO – Saint Louis Science Center
- MT – University of Montana – spectrUM Discovery Area
- MT – ExplorationWorks
- NC – Discovery Place, Inc.
- NC – Kaleideum North
- ND – Gateway to Science
- NJ – Princeton University
- NV – Discovery Children’s Museum
- NY – Sciencenter
- NY – New York Public Library
- NY – miSci Museum of Innovation and Science
- NY – Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology
- OH – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
- OK – Tulsa Children’s Museum
- OR – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
- OR – ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum
- PA – Rosenbach Museum and Library
- SC – Roper Mountain Science Center
- SD – Kirby Science Discovery Center at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
- TN – Pink Palace Museum
- TN – Creative Discovery Museum
- TN – Adventure Science Center
- TX – Don Harrington Discovery Center (DHDC)
- TX – Science Spectrum
- TX – Perot Museum of Nature and Science
- TX – Children’s Museum of Houston
- UT – Natural History Museum of Utah
- VA – Danville Science Center
- VT – ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
- WA – Palouse Discovery Science Center
- WI – Children’s Museum of Eau Claire
- WV – Spark! Imagination and Science Center
- WY – The Science Zone
Frankenstein200 was created by Arizona State University under a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Educational support from:
- Arizona Science Center
- Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- J. Craig Venter Institute
- Keats-Shelley Association of America
- Museum of Science, Boston
- New York Public Library
Production support from:
- The Bakken Museum
- The Rosenbach Museum
- Science Museum of Minnesota
- National Informal STEM Education Network
- No Mimes Media
Frankenstein200 features performances by:
- Rose Abdoo as Doctor Tori Frankenstein
- Nikki SooHoo as Mya
- Jeremy Howard as Xavier
For more information on Frankenstein200 or Arizona State University’s work on science in society, please contact Bob.Beard@asu.edu