Chicago Museum Seeks Live-In Blogger
Chicago has more to offer now than just deep-dish pizza, cool bars and the Cubs: One lucky person will get to spend a "Month at the Museum" -- the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) -- living there the entire time. This unique experience, where modern science meet human nature, will take place Oct. 20 to Nov. 18, 2010.
For 30 days, the carefully selected individual will get the run of the museum and all its exhibits, as well as live in a clear glass cubicle, where he or she is on constant display. To help pass the time, the museum wants this "roommate" to blog about his or her experiences living inside a museum and being surrounded by science all day long.
In a recent press release on the museum's website, Rob Gallas, MSI's vice president and chief marketing officer, said: "It's a once-in-a-lifetime, ultimate hands-on learning experience. We hear so often from guests that a single visit here changed their lives. We're curious to find out what spending an entire month here can do."
The selection process
The museum has formulated an intensive judging process so that the ideal museum roommate is selected. The website uses words such as "curious," "outgoing" and "adventurous" to describe the individual they seek. In addition to blogging about his/her daily life inside the 14-acre, 117-year old museum, and posting updates on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook, the roommate will also mingle with museum visitors, students and teachers and have access to all museum resources, such as workshops, science demonstrations and interactive experiments.
"Month at the Museum" applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must submit: "a 60-second video, a 5X7 photo, write a 500-word essay; complete a detailed application and mail all items to the museum by Aug. 11, 2010. " More information can be found on the museums website.
As if living in a museum is not cool enough on its own, the winner will be paid $10,000 for their month of service -- not too shabby -- and will be given various technical gadgets to help commemorate and record the experience, in addition to a lifetime membership to the MSI.
"You don't have to be a future Einstein to take part in 'Month at the Museum.' Lacking basic science knowledge is not a deal-breaker," Gallas said. "Any fun-loving, curious individual with a positive attitude who is excited to embark on this adventure and ready to share what he or she learns should apply, regardless of their own basic science knowledge."