Building models to understand and mitigate brain injury Students learn about the regions of the brain and their function. Then, they build a model to visualize in real-time what happens when the brain collides with the skull. Next, they design methods to protect and mitigate the effects of collisions. Finally, students are encouraged to take the Think Taylor #TTPledge and commit to being educated, honest and supportive of anyone suffering from a concussion.

Building models to understand and mitigate brain injury

Students learn about the regions of the brain and their function. Then, they build a model to visualize in real-time what happens when the brain collides with the skull. Next, they design methods to protect and mitigate the effects of collisions. Finally, students are encouraged to take the Think Taylor #TTPledge and commit to being educated, honest and supportive of anyone suffering from a concussion.

Project Basics

Takes 4-6, 50-minute class periods

Costs approximately $3.00 USD per student, excluding tools and microcontroller

Meets middle school NGSS, ISTE and Health standards

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A 2018 Microsoft Hackathon project

This lesson was conceptualized by Jenn Tullis, Katie Brown and Tim Robinett, teachers from the Davis School District in Utah. They developed the activity with Microsoft employees during the 2018 Microsoft OneWeek Hackathon this July.


Materials developed in partnership with STEM teachers

Instructions


A step-by-step guide for building a brain model and impact device. Includes templates, a list of things you need and detailed instructions.


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Customized Excel Workbook


A Customized Excel workbook displays real-time impact data from student built brain and sensors. Requires the Data Streamer add-in listed below.


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Materials List


A spreadsheet with links to online resources to help you bring these projects to your classroom.


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Code for the Project


Pre-built code for your microcontroller to help you and your students visualize live data.


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Technical requirements

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Data Streamer Add-in

Modernize your existing copy of Microsoft Excel to support real-time data streaming in customized workbooks.

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Microsoft Excel 2016 (Desktop)

Students and teachers are eligible for free Office 365 Education, which includes online Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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Arduino IDE

The Integrated Development Environment enables you to write code that connects your maker activity to a computer.

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Windows 10

This project requires a PC running Windows 10. To update your version of Windows, click here.

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