Diving into Engineering a Monster

In this course, students will take a deep d​​​​​ive into Mary Shelley’s 1831 gothic fiction novel Frankenstein. The main character, Victor Frankenstein, can be viewed as a brilliant interdisciplinary engineer, using his knowledge of physics, mathematics, philosophy, biochemistry and anatomy to create his ‘monster’. The novel exposes an important ethical theme that WE MUST care for and be responsible for the creations that we engineer.  ​​​

We began the course with a series of Frankenstein close readings, accompanied by a simple engineering challenge in each lesson. Ask your young person if they enjoyed the mechanical puff car, civil tower build, chemical food spheres, autonomous car programming, genetic animal creation, surveying the ASMS building, or the aeronautical paper plane challenge!