CBB 399: Arduino for Neurobiologists: Building Simple Scientific Instruments Using Arduino Microcontrollers (SESSION A)

Arduino for Neurobiologists: Building Simple Scientific Instruments Using Arduino Microcontrollers (SESSION A)

Course Instructors: Ofer Mazor, Pavel Gorelik and Brett Graham
Curriculum Fellow: Taralyn Tan, Taralyn_Tan@hms.harvard.edu
Course Director: John Assad

The Arduino is a powerful and inexpensive digital microcontrollers that can be used to develop custom lab instruments. Many tasks that used to require a PC or expensive hardware can be put together with an Arduino and tens of dollars worth of parts. Developing microcontroller-based tools allows researchers to automate and scale up aspects of their research that were previously unfeasible. This nanocourse will cover the basics of programming an Arduino microcontroller and interfacing with sensors and actuators in order to build simple lab instruments. During the lectures, we will explain how a microcontroller works and cover basic topics in electronics and programming. In the homework assignments and hands-on portion of the class, students will learn how to design, build, and debug small projects of their own. After completing this nanocourse, students should feel comfortable experimenting with the Arduino and other electronic parts in order to build new instruments for their research. ** Please bring a laptop to all classes or make prior arrangements with the instructors.

** Enrollment: (This is the first of two offerings this fall) Because of the hands-on nature of the class, enrollment is limited to 10 grad students and postdocs. No auditing. **Please note: registration is required for all sessions of this nanocourse**

Preference will be given to members of the Department of Neurobiology.

Prerequisites: Some basic programming experience (e.g., for-loops, if-statements) is required.

Class Assignments: An exercise will be assigned in each class, with the second hour of each class allocated to students working on the assignment for that day. The first day’s assignment is a problem set, and the exercises for the remaining two classes involve building an experimental apparatus.

Schedule:
First Session: Monday, October 31, 2016, 3:00 - 5:00 - Goldenson 229
Second Session: Wednesday, Novermber 2, 2016, 3:00 - 5:00 - Goldenson 229
Third Session: Friday, November 4, 2016, 3:00 - 5:00 - Goldenson 229