We have been slowly distributing ourSpikerBoxes to high schools (nine so far), in efforts to bring the sound of spikes to physics and biology labs around the country. Letizia Judd, biology teacher atSt. Mary’s Preparatory School in Orchard Lake, MI, recently purchased a fullDIY classroom kit, where even (off-menu) the stimulation and iPhone cables were built by the students. Mike and Connor, both seniors at the school, built fully working SpikerBoxes with zero, repeat zero!, help from us. They now join the ranks of neuroscience professors, post-docs, and graduate students who have built their own neuro-amplifiers. Congrats!The iPhone cables required minor repairs, which they fixed. St. Mary’s was also our first Michigan high school customer. Thanks for believing in us!
The SpikerBox has gone through 7 development cycles, but we know it can be better. Designing electronics and experiments is one of the most fun things we do here at Backyard Brains, and we now announce our Penaeidae Prize! Can you design a better SpikerBox? Deadline is May 15th, and the winner will have their name stenciled on the next run of SpikerBoxes, as well as a sponsored abstract at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, D.C.! Oh nascent Engineers of the world, design! Let forth your creative fury!