Feat. DIY Neurosci Research Projects proposed, projected, poster-ed, and presented by Middle School students!
Anastasiya was one of BYB’s 2018 Summer Fellows (of jellyfish fame), and now she has written back to us about the neuroscience outreach she has been doing in the Cincinnati area! One of the reasons we changed our summer program’s name from internship to fellowship is due to instances like this, where the students we bring in continue to work with us and connect us to the community at large, years after they leave Ann Arbor. Thank you for spreading the Good Word, Ana!
“This experience … seems like a natural extension of my current fellowship with Backyard Brains as well as a good opportunity to expand and share my knowledge with the Cincinnati community (focused mainly on Cincinnati Public Schools). I’ve had great experiences in the past year volunteering with both the LEGO Robotics team at Taft and the UC Scholars Prep mentees (also at Taft). I would love to share the DIY neuroscience experiments I’ve learned at my fellowship with the students and inspire them to ask questions, pursue research, and come up with their own experiments and ideas. I would love to try some of the labs already provided by BYB with the organizations at Taft with which I already volunteer, but my hope would be to then expand this experience and share the knowledge and tools with actual classrooms throughout various schools in the district and to then make our own unique experiments together.”
|Testing the Human-Human Interface
Trying to get some eye potentials
|Testing The Claw
|Skin sensitivity and homunculus experiments
Muscle SpikerBoxPro team:
Heart & Brain SpikerBox team:
Muscle SpikerShield + Arduino team:
The students just completed their experiences and presented their final project posters at a NERDS showcase on Sunday March 31, doing live demos for their parents, some volunteers, and the NERDS board members.
Thank you, Ana, for all your continued work in the Neuroscience community. This is the kind of work that Backyard Brains was made for. We can’t wait to see where these students go next!
Interested in sharing your experience? Drop us a note with some pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org !