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Museum to Host Franken-STEM Fun and Educational Activities


JONESBORO – The Arkansas State University Museum will present Franken-STEM, a science and technology-themed event held in conjunction with the Arkansas Science Festival, from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

“This year’s Arkansas Science Festival will emphasize STEM educational goals embedded in scary fun science activities,” said Dr. Michael Reinschmidt, director of the A-State Museum. “During this Franken-STEM event, Dr. Frankenstein and his monster will be on hand for STEM-based conversation and photo ops.”

Complete with Frankenstein-themed activities, Franken-STEM is planned to be educational and entertaining at the same time.

“As guests piddle and play in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, they will discover what blood is made of and will be encouraged to play ‘Operation’ on a life-sized image of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster,” added Jill Kary, curator of education.

“Further activities will inspire visitors to probe inside a frozen heart and brain (both made of ice), create monstrous creatures of their own, measure the electricity found in their own bodies, and much more.”

Franken-STEM is made possible by the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network’s teaching kits, “Let’s Do Science” and “Frankenstein200.”  Digital versions of these teaching kits may be found and downloaded from NISE Network’s website, www.nisenet.org.

A-State Museum open hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is located adjacent to the Dean B. Ellis Library on the A-State campus.

For more details about Franken-STEM, one may contact Kary, jkary@AState.edu or (870) 972-2074.

In this file image, an A-State Museum guest "removes" Dr. Frankenstein’s monster heart as others observe.