The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is supporting middle and high school teachers who return to the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) year-after-year, benefiting not only those teachers’ students and peer educators, but the CNT’s education programs and researchers as well.
For over two years, high school teachers, Larry Bencivengo and Benjamin Hart, have been teaching and sharing neural engineering curriculum they developed together at the CNT. They are now poised to take their lesson plans to a national stage.
In the Neural Engineering Tech Studio, students participate in a competition aimed at developing their ideas into prototypes for commercial and clinical applications.
Armin Rouz’ mother has some visual impairments, and because of this she tends to lose things.
“She loses cases for her glasses a lot, backpacks, water bottles, purses,” Rouz said. “She tries to remember where she put things, and she usually gets to the place where she left stuff. But objects are not exactly where she remembers, and it’s hard for her to see what she lost.”
Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) members at the University of Washington (UW), in collaboration with NeuroRecovery Technologies, are developing a novel, non-invasive therapeutic approach for people with spinal cord injury, which promotes long-term recovery of hand and arm function.
The CNT has engineered a new, all glassy carbon neural probe capable of electrically stimulating and recording from neurons in the brain while simultaneously detecting dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in debilitating neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.