SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: WHO DO YOU LIKE?
This year we decided to create Facebook profiles for the "top ten" minerals they learn throughout the course, as well as a Mineralogy Facebook group. Our first problem with Facebook rules was names - all pages need a “person” with a first and last name. So, last names are the crystal system and the first name is the mineral. We had to create new emails and do some logistics, then, this is when the creativity kicked in. Quartz tagged Muscovite and Feldspar in a post saying “do you remember when we were just a melt?” and posted a picture of a granitic rock. We then helped the students create their own pages. Witherite Orthorhombic had comments from Mr. Pickles, his cat, and his RV. Sylvite Isometric visited the Dr. for tests and found out that she had only one “n” and no birefringence. Feedback from students indicates that creating Facebook pages was engaging and educational. Even the oldest member of the class (born in the 60s), grasped the project very quickly and ran away with it, clearly, this project has no age boundaries. We encourage anyone to make a mineral profile and join Dr.Nord's Minerals. It's time for minerals to get social!