I am so excited to show how Digilent products can be used in most surprising applications; in this case, I want to show how the Electronics Explorer (EE) board works for a group of enthusiastic students and instructors in neuroscience.
Digilent once again shows its commitment to bring the most recent innovations in technology to education to sustain and motivate excellence. Digilent sponsored the third Transylvanian Experimental Neuroscience Summer School (TENSS) 2014.
Between June 1-17, students and professors from universities and research institutes worldwide, like Harvard, California Institute of Technology, Max Plank Institute for Brain Research Germany, stayed in beautiful Transylvania on the Pike Lake shore. While there, TENSS participants temporarily turned historic Pike Lake Pension into a high-tech lab and teaching space. With minimal resources, they built, calibrated, and used sophisticated bio-engineering instruments like microscopes, lasers, bio-amplifiers, etc.
Digilent provided some Electronics Explorer boards to be used in electronic experiments. The first day was intended to train students using the boards, but to everyone’s surprise, no training was needed! They simply powered the boards and start working, as if they had always been using them. There’s intuitive for you!
The Digilent Electronics Explorer boards were then used for several projects — powering light sources during microscopy sessions, driving and acquiring data for neuronal dipole simulation setups, providing support and a measurement platform for a custom built amplifier lab, demonstrating the integration of an electrically tune-able lens into a custom built microscopy setup, etc. They replaced many expensive and big instruments: power supplies, scopes, arbitrary waveform generators, digital inputs/outputs.
As one user said, “The EE board has raised awareness of efficient, easy-to-use, accessible tools available for students, teachers, and researchers in the field of neuroscience. This will be definitely a useful tool in the future activity.”
What are some of the projects you’ve done with the EE board? Check out our intern Brandon’s Instructable on the EE board and other tools for working with electronics.