Following the success of the original Month at the Museum—a groundbreaking experiment—in fall 2010, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is once again searching nationwide for a new roommate to spend 30 days 24-7 this fall in the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.
From October 19 thru November 17, 2011, the winner will have access to every inch of the 14-acre Museum and the opportunity to experience everything it has to offer. During that time they’ll be soaking up science and interacting with MSI guests and online fans—and at the end of it all, they’ll take home a $10,000 prize and bragging rights for a lifetime.
The 2010 experiment caught the imagination of more than 1,500 applicants, and more than 20,000 online votes were received to help select a winner. After interviews and votes were tallied, on October 6, 2010, via a science experiment, 24-year-old Chicagoan Kate McGroarty was chosen.
Kate experienced hundreds of the exhibits, explored nooks and crannies, and spent a night in a WWII submarine. Whatever she experimented, dissected, unearthed, discovered—she shared with Museum guests and online via a video diary.
MSI offers thousands of fun and interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind, world-class experiences to inspire the inventive genius in everyone. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education, it also aspires to a larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering.
While the basic premise of the month-long experiment is the same, some additional experiences should be expected by this year’s roommate as fans are being asked on Facebook and Twitter: What would they like to see the winner do while living at the Museum?