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Backyard Brains SpikerBox Workshop

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Backyard Brains and the L.A. Biohackers are hosting a DIY neuroscience workshop just for you!

Are you interested in how your brain works? How your five senses really sense? Have you ever wondered what the spikes of neurons really look like? Do you like doing experiments? Well, you're in luck! Backyard Brains is collaborating with L.A. Biohackers to conduct a workshop just for you!

The goal is this workshop is to introduce you to nerve physiology, electronics, and help you make a device to study the nervous system. You will measure the electrical signals produced by real nerve cells and muscles, with a device you make yourself. All of the necessary tool for construction will be provided. All participants will receive instruction on soldering, no experience necessary. Everyone will take home a working device. You will leave with our own neuron or muscle amplifier (you choose!).

First, we will provide live demonstrations on the nervous systems of invertebrates... although different from us, they 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!

Workshop Details
What? SpikerBox Build-it-yourself workshop and lecture
When? Saturday, Feb 15, 12:00noon - 6:00pm
Where? 1340 E 6th Street, 6th floor, #603, Los Angeles, CA, 90013.
Who? Open to the public. Ages 12y and above, 12y-15y must be accompanied by an adult; All under 18 must submit a parent consent form. 12 openings.
How Much? $99.99 (that's the same price as the SpikerBox itself!

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  • Cory T.
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    Event Host

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