Neuroscience Workshop with Backyard Brains

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Date(s) - 16 Mar 2013
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

All Hands Active

Are you interested in learning more about how your brain works? How do your 5 senses really sense? Have you ever wondered what the “spikes” of neurons really look and sound like? Do you like doing experiments? Well you are in luck! Backyard Brains is conducting a workshop at All Hands Active just for you.

The goal of this workshop is to make you a neuroscience expert! You will learn the skills to study the brain at a level that few people have ever done! You will build your own equipment to study the brain yourselves. Not sure how to solder or make electronics? No worries, we will teach you. No experience necessary.

First, we will provide demonstrations of insects so you understand how their brains work from  the outside. Then we will guide you through how to build your own SpikerBoxes. Everyone will receive the parts required to build, plus step-by-step instructions on how to solder each component in place.

Finally comes the fun part. Science! We’ll go through a whole bunch of fun experiments you can do with your new SpikerBox. We will learn about “Spikes”, and “Rate Coding”, how temperature affects the neurons, and how electricity can make muscles move!

You will also see demonstrations of our EMG SpikerBox and preview some new yet-to-be-released devices!

Agenda for the Make and Take Workshop: ($99)
1:00-2:00pm: Brief lecture on neuroscience and electronics + Demo
2:00-3:30pm: Spiker Box Building Session (+ Pizza break)
3:30-4:30pm: Experiments using your new SpikerBox
4:30-5:00pm: Wrap up/ Discussion

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