Mary Shelley’s novel 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 civic and policy discussions that surround these fields.
Arizona State University, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1516684) will take on the challenge of helping public audiences consider creativity and responsible innovation, using themes from Frankenstein as a lens to examine emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, robotics, and human enhancement while promoting the development of 21st century skills related to creative collaboration and critical thinking. Together with several museum partners, Arizona State University is creating “Frankenstein’s Footlocker” hands-on activity kits. The kits are being distributed in collaboration with the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network).
We will be sending out fifty (50) free physical kits, straight from Frankenstein's lab to informal science education and research institutions like yours in fall of 2017. With Frankenstein's Footlocker you can host your own event to honor the bicentennial of this classic tale.
The activities included are designed for family audiences including children, and work particularly well for ages 4 and up. These are suitable for use in museums and other informal learning settings such as libraries and afterschool programs and do not require special lab facilities or equipment.
A total of 50 kits will be awarded to eligible organizations through an invitation only, competitive application process. Applications must be submitted online using the provided application form by June 1, 2017.
Before beginning your application, please review the following documents: