PostedWednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10:26 PM
In this unit, students will design, construct, and test a device that optimizes the transfer of electrical current from one electrode to another. The engineering design challenge is placed within the context of sensorimotor neural engineering. Students will observe neural signals using an EMG-controlled robotic gripper hand, learn about electrochemical signals in the nervous system, and then design, build, and optimize a circuit in order to meet the criteria of obtaining a certain voltage. Students will also explore the ethical implications of neural engineering devices. Some of the lessons in this unit feature special equipment, including an EMG gripper hand, chemical solutions, and labware, and require access to a chemistry wet lab.
The lessons were developed by Paul Zimmer of South Kitsap High School and Denise Thompson of Orting High School as part of the 2015 Research Experience for Teachers program at the Center for Neurotechnology (University of Washington).