Asee peer logo

MAKER: It’s Alive! Super Low-Cost Hands-On Activities for Public Engineering Outreach to Build STEM Literacy

Download Paper |


2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





Conference Session

Make It!

Tagged Division


Page Count




Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Micah Lande Arizona State University, Polytechnic

visit author page

Micah Lande, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering programs at The Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

visit author page

Download Paper |


Making is a growing movement comprised of Do-It-Together and building shared activities and projects. The classic Frankenstein story is emblematic of making both thematically as combining physical parts (such as Frankenstein’s Monster) as well as an evolution of a shared cultural story and touchstone (the book adapted to stage to movies). The 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein1 will be observed in 2018, giving reason enough to make such connections. Frankenstein, both in story and evolution, demonstrate “additive innovation”2. Interest in Frankenstein supports further research efforts to communicate and raise conversation about the social-technical literacy that will be developed as part of a larger project to build a transmedia museum. Guided by a learning framework and goals and outcomes to foster a public discussion of science, technology and society, a set of super low-cost, hands-on activities is imagined to support a larger effort exploring the popularity and utility of the Frankenstein story to build science, technology, and engineering literacy. This paper describes some of that thinking as well as one specific activity developed around a scribbling bot deployed in engineering outreach settings to support such a dialogue in the public about science and technology.

Lande, M. (2016, June), MAKER: It’s Alive! Super Low-Cost Hands-On Activities for Public Engineering Outreach to Build STEM Literacy Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25627

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2016 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015