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Partner Highlight: Arkansas State University Museum Presented Scary STEM!

November 1, 2018

Jill Kary, Arkansas State University

In this 200th year of Mary Shelley’s famous novel, Frankenstein, Arkansas State University (ASU) Museum celebrated by presenting a Scary STEM event complete with Frankenstein-themed activities on October 23, 2018. Joined by his Monster and author Mary Shelley, Dr. Victor Frankenstein stepped from the pages of Frankenstein into a makeshift laboratory at ASU Museum. There, he encouraged 142 guests to explore and meddle in his “research.”

Left: Dr. Victor Frankenstein offering creature-building advice (Frankentoy activity); Right: Frankenstein talking with kids


As they participated in various “lab” experiments, visitors discovered the slimy taste and feel of gum and chocolate, and they measured electricity found in their own bodies.  Further activities compelled visitors to assemble their own creatures using spare body parts (stuffed animals), to participate in a giant, Frankenstein’s Monster Operation Game, and much more.


Most of the 11 hands-on activities and experiments were taken from NISE Network kits, including Frankenstein200 (digital downloaded) and Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry. Other activities, including What Blood is Made Of, Frozen Brain Dissection, and Frankenstein’s Monster Operation Game, were either found online or created by the macabre imagination of ASU Museum’s education staff.  

Sublimation Bubbles hands-on activity


Molecules in Motion hands-on activity


What's in the Water activity (with guest appearances by Mary Shelley and Dr. Frankenstein)


Even the University Chancellor, Dr. Kelly Damphousse stopped by the Museum's Scary STEM event to explore hands-on activities like the Explore Science: Let's Do Chemistry Sublimation Bubbles activity. The Museum's Director, Dr. Marti Allen, watches with anticipation in the background as the bubble bursts!

Arkansas State University Chancellor (foreground) and Museum Director (background) observing Sublimation Bubbles activity


To learn more about ASU’s Scary STEM event, contact Jill Kary, Curator of Education, at [email protected]



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