Is this science or a sort of engineering? How do I learn more about it?
March 4, 2014 1:06 PM Subscribe
My ignorance of science and engineering concepts, procedures, and methods of calculation is holding me back from tackling a whole mess of fun stuff. But what fields am I even interested in, and how can I learn more? Where do I begin?
posted by rue72 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I love problem solving and am good with my hands, so I have all kinds of odd technical projects going all the time. Some examples of what I've been playing with over the past few months: DIY filtration methods for my freshwater planted and reef tanks, DIY automated water change and water conditioning for those tanks, DIY live food cultivation and automated feeding methods for those tanks, fixing up a second-hand bicycle and modding it out as a moped, etc. I'd like to learn more about things like water filtration, how engines work, robotics, gardening -- just a whole mess of stuff.
The problem is, I was a creative writing/English major in undergrad and am studying social sciences in grad school now (I'm 28); the last time I took a "hard" math or science was in 12th grade. Growing up, I was a good student and didn't struggle in math or science, but it just never occurred to me to do anything in those subjects. Now I don't have the tools to learn much more about them on my own, but I need to learn a lot more about them to keep going in my hobbies. Plus, this stuff is fun!
So how can I learn more, both in terms of (hands-on) projects and classes? What fields would these sorts of interests fall under, anyway? What kinds of skills or knowledge should I develop?
The only caveats I want to put on suggestions are: I love getting my hands dirty and hate following directions. So computers and programming aren't really my bag, but living creatures (plants, animals, viruses, bacteria, etc etc etc) and other things that move (like water and air) definitely are.