#StayHomeSTEM: An Online Summer Camp at the Center for Neurotechnology

All of us in the education world are currently challenged to creatively adapt curricula and programs to online/remote learning environments so that educators and students can stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out how we did it at the Center for Neurotechnology, where I work part-time as the Engineering Education Research Manager.

First, check out a journal article that shares our experiences adapting an in-person summer camp to an online environment and then access the interactive e-book we created for at-home learning for campers — and anyone else interested in neuroscience, neural engineering, and neuroethics!

This article, co-authored by Dr. Kristen Bergsman and Dr. Eric Chudler, was just published in the Journal of Biomedical Engineering Education: “Adapting a Neural Engineering Summer Camp for High School Students to a Fully Online Experience.” https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s43683-020-00011-2

A new e-book for high school learners.

Virtual REACH Program 2020: Exploring Neuroscience and Neurotechnologies at Home is an interactive digital book for secondary students to explore topics related to neuroscience, neural engineering, and neuroethics. It was co-authored by Dr. Kristen Clapper Bergsman, CNT Engineering Education Research Manager and Dr. Eric H. Chudler, CNT Executive Director and Education Director. The e-book can be accessed from the Center for Neurotechnology’s website, the University of Washington library catalog, and is also featured on the Link Engineering Educator Exchange.

The interactive format includes many resources for self-directed learning: readings, links to journal articles, videos, activities, and embedded quizzes. This e-book contains five chapters: 1) Basics of Neuroscience & Neural Engineering; 2) Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI); 3) Brain and Spinal Cord Stimulation; 4) Neuroethics; 5) College and Career Pathways. It also features a glossary and information on how to read articles from academic journals. The Creative Commons License allows the e-book content to be adapted for non-commercial purposes. #StayHomeSTEM

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