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Science & Nature Club Topic, pretty please!

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TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 05-Oct-12 13:04:45


A few of us have been discussing whether MNHQ could have a Science & Nature Club Topic, along the lines of the recent and highly successful History Club Topic.

In it we could have:

Long running threads on major areas e.g. genetics, evolution, astronomy. Discussions about science teaching methods and links to any good resources.
Book recommendations/reviews/maybe even a book club.
Scientific howlers in scifi tv/novels.
Reviews of TV science programmes.
Explanations from expert posters e.g. from OYBBK explaining how all her lovely weather models work (not that I've asked her yet!).
Friday night threads about whether Brian Cox or Marcus du Sautoy is sexier grin.
Any other sciency-wiency naturey-waturey stuff we could think of!

What do people think?

CMOTDibbler Fri 05-Oct-12 13:05:41

Please grin

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Oct-12 13:08:58

We could also have discussions about women's careers in science/eng and combining with parenthood.

Just wondering though if Science and Nature fits all we might want - do we want Technology too?

LurcioLovesFrankie Fri 05-Oct-12 13:16:06

Another "yes please" here!

mamabanana Fri 05-Oct-12 13:20:38

Yes please on all counts!

MrAnchovy Fri 05-Oct-12 13:28:38

STEM might be the most suitable scope, although it's not very inspiring or informing as a Topic title.

But if you divert the relevent threads from Geeky Stuff all that will be left there would be a (pretty poor with a few exceptions) IT support forum hmm

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Oct-12 14:24:32

It had never occurred to me that 'Geeky stuff' would contain anything except IT issues - certainly not the sort of science topics proposed by the OP. Doesn't look like anyone else has thought so either!

alcibiades Fri 05-Oct-12 15:23:46

I'd guess, Grimma, that most people think of geeky stuff as meaning computers and so on.

I like the idea of a Science Club - there are people like me, wanting to understand and doing my best to learn by myself, and loads of others who know stuff and who are happy to expound on their subject whenever given the chance. It would be good to have a place to gather together.

If MNHQ don't want to set up a new topic, they could rename Geeky Stuff to Science & Geeky Stuff (but I'd still prefer a separate topic).

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Oct-12 15:29:17

I don't like any association of science with geekery. It may be one of the things that puts some girls off, you know.

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Fri 05-Oct-12 15:30:14

Yes this would be good. I also always thought Geeky Stuff was for IT bods.

alcibiades Fri 05-Oct-12 16:00:52

That's a good point, Grimma - I hadn't thought of that.

LineRunner Fri 05-Oct-12 18:12:15

Please can I support the idea of a Science & Nature Club wholeheartedly.

As TheDoctrine says, the History Club has really taken off, for a huge range of interested posters.

I think this will, too.

Also, I would like to be able to discuss evolutionary stuff that doesn't really fit into 'History', but which comes up time and time again in general terms on various MN threads and which really needs a home for those who want to debate the detail.

EauRouge Fri 05-Oct-12 19:54:37

Ooh, I would join. Am into sciency-wiency stuff.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Oct-12 20:42:46

ICut...with a name like that you'd have to be on board grin

Startailoforangeandgold Fri 05-Oct-12 20:45:04

Yes please!!
And MdS is mine!! You lot can have Brian Cox

Himalaya Fri 05-Oct-12 20:54:02

Yes please !

Science book club
And experiments to do at home with kids (...mumsy, see?)

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 05-Oct-12 23:29:13

Hooray lots of lovely support!

<squares up to fight Startail for MdS>

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Oct-12 23:30:40

And xmas present recommendations... which science kits for our girls (and boys too, if they're up to it wink)

LineRunner Sat 06-Oct-12 00:55:39

Just on the basis of Physics for Girls it should be a MN goer.

moonbells Sat 06-Oct-12 22:52:34

<sticks hand up in support>

LineRunner Sat 06-Oct-12 23:24:40

Does anyone remember the Ode to Brian Cox thread? I think it's in Classics.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 06-Oct-12 23:28:22

Thanks for this suggestion. We think it's a great idea.

BUT we're afraid we can't create it just yet - Tech Overload Sitch at the Towers.

We'll get onto it as soon as we can.

LineRunner Sat 06-Oct-12 23:31:46

That's very understandable, HelenMN, re The Sitch. Thank you so much for putting it on The List, though.

Tell Tech there will likely be a tech appreciation thread. smile

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sun 07-Oct-12 01:15:18

Thanks HelenMN. Quite excited about this now!

Also LOVING GrimmaTheNome's idea of a sciencey Christmas present ideas thread. Could we start one in the Christmas topic?

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sun 07-Oct-12 01:22:22

Or rather, I should say, I'm off to start a thread for science present ideas in christmas unless someone's already done it grin.

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