Frankenstein Comes to Life at Adventure Science Center on Jan. 20
Explore exciting, hands-on science activities that bring Frankenstein’s legacy into the 21st century
January 15, 2018
Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 15, 2017—Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is currently celebrating its 200th anniversary, but its themes continue to resonate in our technological age and raise new, complex questions about the nature of life, our role as creators, and our responsibilities to the things we bring into the world. Now, Adventure Science Center (ASC), in partnership with the National Science Foundation and Arizona State University, will present Frankenstein Day on Saturday, Jan. 20, to engage audiences in using their creativity, exploring current and emerging topics in science and technology, and considering what it means to be a responsible innovator.
Frankenstein Day on Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will include exciting maker activities related to robotics, genetic engineering, and electricity. By teaching a robot how to draw, experimenting with simple machines, or even bringing their own “creature” to life, guests will confront the same questions and ideas that bedeviled the fictional Victor Frankenstein on a dark and stormy night two centuries ago. These activities are designed to provide today’s science learners with important tools for exploration, discovery, and critical thinking. Full details are available at http://bit.ly/2CapYbT.
“Frankenstein emerged in a moment of great social and technological change,” said Dr. Tiffany Farmer, ASC's Director of Education and Community Engagement. “Similarly, through today’s incredible scientific advances, we all have the power to create and transform the world around us. We hope this event will demonstrate the power of Mary Shelley’s original vision, and give our guests a fresh perspective on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and human enhancement.”
Frankenstein Day is part of the nationwide Frankenstein200 project, led by Arizona State University and distributed in collaboration with the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network). Throughout 2018, events like those hosted by ASC will be paired with an interactive digital narrative and a set of at-home maker activities that reimagine Frankenstein for 21st-century audiences.