NeuroBytes: Development of an integrative educational module across neurophysiology and engineering (Evaluation)

Isabel Maria Gossler, Vignesh Subbian, J. Jill Rogers

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NeuroBytes, electronic neuron simulators developed by NeuroTinker were originally designed to teach students more about neuroscience through the use of hands-on projects. However, this new teaching tool is also well suited for use in other classrooms, such as introductory engineering courses. One issue within these courses is they lack an engaging biomedical engineering project which is suitable for all the students. NeuroBytes are relatively easy to use and require little prior knowledge. This technology bridges the gap between technology and biology or neurophysiology in order to show students the basic principles of biomedical engineering. A total of 15 students and two teachers in a dual credit engineering course, offered by the University of Arizona, participated in this evaluation of NeuroBytes. Teachers first completed a pre-lab survey and then a post-lab survey to determine if there was a need for this kind of tool and whether it was useful in their classroom. Students filled out a post-lab survey only after they had participated in a two-day lab where they were instructed to build a circuit with the provided kits which would respond to light and touch. The goal of the lab was to introduce students to the concepts of biomedical engineering and to show them the connection between the human nervous system and technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 23 2018
Event125th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2018Dec 27 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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