Science-fiction literature class visits the Bakken Museum to explore science


James Libbey

Seniors Alex Aldes and Sam Luo play “Mind Ball,” a game where the students compete to see who can have a more relaxed mind. This was one of the more popular interactive exhibits that students explored during the field trip.

James Libbey and Connor Lawler

After finishing the novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, senior high English teacher Ms. Kari Koshiol decided that she would take the Science-Fiction Literature class on a trip to the Bakken Museum for a more hands on experience, something she had never done in the past.  

While Science-Fiction Literature is an English class, Koshiol took the class to the science-focused Bakken to highlight the science-basis in book a book like “Frankenstein” that seems completely fictional. Koshiol hopes that the class gained valuable knowledge during the trip. “Coming out of it, I hope they found some joy in science, I also hope that they got to know a little bit [more] about Mary Shelley’s monster,” Koshiol said.

Junior Gus Beringer, despite loving the novel, had a different view of the experience. “The Frankenstein part of the museum was just strange. The actor said [as a part of her performance], ‘I’m sorry, I can’t do this’ at the beginning of the show, and we all started freaking out [since we didn’t figure out it was part of the performance]. It did not help me [understand the novel],” Beringer said.

Koshiol, despite some scathing reviews of the trip from her students, hope that at least some students found value in the experience.