Researchers at the University of Alberta were looking for a better way to help students learn neuroscience concepts. They decided on a modern, simple, and visually appealing simulator as the ideal teaching method for undergraduates.
Creating a tool that allowed students to manipulate experiment parameters, see animations of what was happening, and view the graphical output of results. They also wanted it to use open-source technologies and to be accessible on phones, tablets, and laptops.
The responsively-designed simulator computes mathematical calculations on-the-fly for seven scenarios. Once students set up their experiment, they see an animation. The results are graphed as the simulation progresses.
The animations have been optimized to work on both mobile and desktop devices. Additionally, they can be paused and resumed while the simulation is playing out the experiment setup by the student.
"The Atmist team worked tirelessly and professionally to produce a fantastic first version of the simulator that we have used in our Fall term classes starting mid to late September 2013...Student reviews and feedback has been very positive…"
— Declan, Neuroscience Professor