PostedWednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10:19 PM
In this unit, students will explore the applications of artificial neural networks. Students will learn about the history of artificial intelligence, explore the concept of neural networks through activities and computer simulation, and then construct a simple, three-level artificial neural network using Arduinos to simulate neurons. After building the network, they will be challenged to discover how altering the connections or programming of the “neurons” alters the behavior of the network. Finally, students will explore the ethical implications of neural engineering and building artificially intelligent machines. Some of the lessons in this unit feature special equipment, including Arduino Uno microcontrollers, and circuitry components.
The lessons were developed by Lawrence Bencivengo Jr. of Mercer Island High School and Benjamin Hart of Redmond High School as part of the 2015 Research Experience for Teachers program at the Center for Neurotechnology (University of Washington).