Experimonth assignments

Click on the name of any of the assignments below to see who's participating and what's being discussed. Anyone can post comments, but you'll need a Buzz account to post images.

About once a day

  • Check the "30 Days, 30 Questions" Buzz blog every day to find a different identity-related question. Ask the daily question to your friends, family, and/or strangers in whatever way feels comfortable (e.g. face-to-face, social networks, etc.) Record their answers and any anecdotes you want to share. Finally, return to the "30 Days, 30 Questions," find the link for the questions on the right sidebar, restate the question, and post your responses on the blog page that corresponds to the question you are answering.

    Click here to respond to today's question

  • Pick a news website or several local blogs and visit the sites every day. Look for an article that relates to less visible aspects of your identity such as religious identity, national identity, sexual identity or generational identity. When you find one, copy the link, return to Experimonth on Science Buzz and paste the link to the article into an new comment box on the "News Watchdog" Buzz page.

  • Add a video or snap photos of art, advertising, publications, or every day life that show people, organizations or companies portraying gender stereotypes or anything contrary to those stereotypes. Upload your images and comment on other images on the "Shutterbug" Buzz blog.
    *Note: Only registered users can upload images.*

About once a week

  • Note when you are a victim, observer or guilty of mistaken identity (e.g. mistaking someone's religious, gender, sexual, or ethnic identity) and write about it on the "Mistaken Identity" Buzz blog.

  • Make a photo timeline to explore how your identity has changed over time. Regularly add pictures to the "My How You’ve Grown" Buzz blog, documenting your life from the present all the way back to the time of your birth.

  • Without actually photographing yourself, document your identity in photos. Take pictures of your clothes, personal objects, people you associate with, and/or the places you visit-- anything that you think represents your identity. Post one or two photos a week to the "Snapshot" Buzz blog.

About once a month

  • Play the Game: Find out more about your inherent biases by rating the intellect, attractiveness and trustworthiness of men and women of different races. This game can be played at Buzz kiosks on the museum floor or from a computer at home.

    Click here to play the game

    Participate in the Game: Take a photo of your face and upload it to the "Smart, Hot, Honest, or Not?" Buzz blog. Experimonth staff will use identity morphing software to change your race. Your original image and your new image will then be uploaded into the game. Click on the link and log in with the email address associated with your Buzz account to see your morphed photo and results: http://experimonth.lifeandscience.org/race/lookup

    Return to the "Smart, Hot, Honest, or Not?" Buzz blog to comment on your experience, and reply to others posts.

  • Join us at the Aster Café for an identity-related Beaker and Brush discussion, a program developed by the Science Museum as a forum for bringing together an artist and a scientist to explore topics from the perspective of both disciplines. The speakers will discuss aspects of identity such as "How is identity formed psychologically, and how does what we see form our opinions of others’ identity?" Log on to the "Beaker and Brush" Buzz blog before and after the event to post questions and continue the discussion.

    Beaker and Brush: Identity
    Monday November 21st, 6:30-8:30p.m.
    Aster Café
    125 SE Main Street

  • Visit a place you've never visited before because you feel you don't belong and document your experience (e.g. narrative, photo essay, video, an original art piece, etc.) and post it on the Cultural Plunge Buzz blog.

  • Attend a “Chalk Talk” to examine your preconceptions of people through an interactive workshop hosted by Wing Young Huie, an internationally renowned photographer and cultural explorer. Workshop participants will pair with someone in the room they are unfamiliar with in order to engage in a conversation about identity. Participants will then write an answer to guided questions about identity on black construction paper with white chalk, and will be photographed. After the face-to-face event, post images from the event, comments and replies on the "Chalk Talk" Buzz blog. Also feel free to post your own "Wing Young Huie inspired" identity photos.

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