Course goals

The goal of this course is to give a first hands-on experience with experimental design data collection, analysis and reporting. We want students to creatively engage with their projects, finding by themselves solutions to the challenges they encounter. The role of the teaching staff will be to consult and advise, not spoon-feed solutions.

The main values we would like to promote: curiosity, independence, creativity, and a can-do attitude.

Guiding Questions and Description

This course deals with the design of a simple experiment focusing on data collection and analysis. The guiding questions throughout this course are:

  • What is my research question?
  • What data is needed?
  • How will data be collected?
  • How will data be analyzed?
  • How will data be reported?

Throughout the course, students will critically engage with each of these questions, and as a case study, will build an experiment to monitor the flow of water in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.

The monitoring and control systems to be build are based on the ESP32, a versatile (and cheap!) microcontroller. The ESP32 is similar to the Arduino, with the advantage that it has inbuilt Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features.

Contact

Erez Feuer: erez.feuer@mail.huji.ac.il
Yair Mau: yair.mau@mail.huji.ac.il