When it comes to asking the hard questions at the heart of scientific investigation, perhaps no book has ever topped Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This 200-year-old story explores themes of human creativity, societal responsibility and scientific ethics—all themes that resonate today as well as they did in 1818.

Educators based at Arizona State University have designed Frankenstein200, a kit of hands-on activities that encourage kids of all ages to explore their creativity while thinking about responsible innovation. The Frankenstein200 kit, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and available through the National Informal STEM Educators Network, explores three important questions: What is life? Why do we create? And what are our responsibilities as creators, scientists and engineers? 

This workshop, presented by Indiana Humanities and the Indiana State Museum as part of One State / One Story: Frankenstein, teaches informal, classroom, or college science educators how to integrate these activities into their classroom, museum, science center or library.

Your ticket includes:

  • All workshop materials.

  • Sample activity to take home.

  • A copy of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators by MIT Press.

  • Fun Franken-swag!

  • Lunch & refreshments.

The hands-on workshop will be co-led by Mel Fox, Ph.D., Science and Innovation Program Manager at the Indiana State Museum and Megan Telligman, Manager of Frankenstein Programs at Indiana Humanities. LEU and PGP points available.

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About One State / One Story: Frankenstein
One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an initiative designed by Indiana Humanities, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book, to encourage Hoosiers to read the classic novel as it turns 200 in 2018. More than a dozen programs—including a digital gaming workshop, a sci-fi and horror festival for teens, community reads and read-a-thons, and college and university partnerships—will bring Frankenstein to life all over the state. One State / One Story: Frankenstein has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at https://indianahumanities.org/nehfrankenstein.


The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is integrating the excellent science programming developed by the Central Indiana Science Outreach (CINSO) with the museum’s programming to highlight and support cutting edge research taking place across Indiana. This initiative will connect and support local researchers with the public through fun science events for adults; provide unique professional development opportunities for science professionals; and encourage collaboration with other local organizations. www.indianamuseum.org/CINSO

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. www.IndianaHumanities.org

About Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

The mission of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is to celebrate, explore and steward all that is authentically wondrous about Indiana. www.indianamuseum.org