Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is rapidly approaching its 200th anniversary! Since Shelley published her novel, the Frankenstein characters have appeared in plays, movies, TV shows, comic books and many other places. 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. Creative Discovery Museum, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and Arizona State University, will present Frankenstein 200 on Saturday, January 13 from noon to 4:00 p.m.!
Frankenstein 200’s activities are organized around three important questions: What is life? Why do we create? And what are our responsibilities as creators, scientists and engineers?
- make a cam system, or a gear system, to take home
- create a scribble brush with an electric toothbrush
- use squishy circuits to electrify a dough creature
- learn how to make a battery the way he first scientists did
- create a unique creature using a mashup of parts
- experiment with the human body as a conductor of electricity
“Frankenstein emerged in a moment of great social and technological change,” Karen Dewhirst, Museum Experience Manager. “Similarly, through today’s incredible scientific advances, we all have the power to create and transform the world around us. Frankenstein 200 demonstrates the power of Mary Shelley’s original vision in a kid-friendly manner, and gives our guests a fresh perspective on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and human enhancement.”
All activities are included with Museum admission.