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Mrs. Roy from Covina CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Neuroscience Through Fun, Engaging Laboratory Activities

My students need a Human-Human Interface and a Neurospiker box to learn about how the brain works with the peripheral nervous system through hands-on experiments.

  • $567 goal

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My Students

The demographic of my school is very diverse. There are students from many different ethnicities, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Historically, we have not had a large amount of interest in the STEM fields. I teach the first and second year biomedical academy pathway classes, which is intended to help spark student interest and engagement in STEM by teaching science through solving medical mysteries. The academy provides a hands-on, project-based experience throughout their high school career while they take their traditional science courses. The biomedical academy is intended to inspire students who may have never thrived in science to fall in love with it.

My Project

1 in 5 people are likely to develop an incurable neurological disorder in their lifetime. Yet, my students will never get the chance to study neuroscience in high school! Such sophisticated equipment was too expensive or unattainable until college. Then, while studying new biomedical engineering devices, my students and I came across Backyard Brains. This company uses "off-the-shelf electronics" to create kits for educators and novices to use to understand the inner workings of the nervous system!

I wanted to teach students about neuroscience by having them control someone else's neurons and giving them the ability to "see and hear" neurons firing.

I would like to use the Human-Human interface to show how students can control someone else's neurons. This application can be used to explain how an amputee can control a prosthetic arm and shows the connection between the central and peripheral nervous systems. The Neuron Spiker box will allow students to visualize and hear the process of action potential, which is a very abstract and complicated process, but this lab will help make the concepts easier to grasp.

Mrs. Roy
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Human-Human Interface • Learning Neuroscience Hands-On Using Backyard Brains $259.99 1 $259.99
Neuron SpikerBox Bundle • Learning Neuroscience Hands-On Using Backyard Brains $129.99 1 $129.99

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