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SpikerBox Workshop: Jul-24

SpikerBox Workshop: Jul-24



1 - 12$99.99

Weds, July 24 in Ann Arbor, MI!

Backyard Brains and UM's WISE program are hosting a DIY neuroscience workshop just for you!

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 on the University of Michigan Campus 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. You will receive a lecture and guidance from a Ph.D. Neuroscientist and co-founder of Backyard Brains. Not sure how to solder or make electronics? No worries, we will teach you. No experience necessary.

First, we will provide live demonstrations on the brains of insects... although different from us, insects have similar cells in their brains. So you will actually be understanding how your own brain works! We will then guide you through how to build your own SpikerBoxes. Everyone will receive the parts and tools 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!

Workshop Details

What? SpikerBox Build-it-yourself workshop and lecture
When? Wednesday, July 24, 1:00-5:00pm
Where? Undergraduate Science Building, University of Michgan, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI (see map below, room to be announced)
Who? Open to the public. All ages. If younger then 10, please have a parent accompany you. Class limit is: 22
How Much? $99.99 (that's the same price as the SpikerBox itself! Plus you get a lecture, pizza, and a cockroach!)
Our workshop is taking place in the Undergraduate Science Building located in the University of Michgan's Central Campus. The building is close to the U of M Natural History Museum. Here is a map of where the workshop will be held:

Workshop Agenda

1:00-2:00pm Lecture on neuroscience and electronics + Demonstration of live brain recordings!
2-3:30pm Spiker Box Building Session (+ Pizza break)
3:30-4:30pm Experiments using your new SpikerBox
4:30-5:00pm Wrap up/ Discussion

Once we get your reservation payment, we will follow up to get the student names and ages.