This post is written by Ian, who is working on coding at a UCLA lab. If you'd like to hear more about this summer's EXP adventures, read the Peddie 2016 EXP blog!
While looking quite daunting at first, Dr. Kutch showed me many different methods to access forums and tutorials to look at how to implement the interactive JQuery functions and events that he asked me to create. These included adding text so that when each of the 165 individual brain region was moused over in the diagram below, the specific name of the region would appear. To add on, each name had to replace the "Scroll over individual regions for more information" text box.
Once I had completed this, I was so proud of myself... until he told me that my next task was to compile a list of wikipedia pages corresponding to each brain region, and integrate it so that when a user double clicked a region, the page would open up in a new tab. Needless to say, my jaw about dropped. And although it took me almost two full days to perfect the list and successfully integrate it, I managed to figure out that the fear was all in my head. Even though I had never even seen actual code in my life, and didn't even know what JQuery was, I was able to successfully complete the tasks he assigned to me. Dr. Kutch continues to assign tasks that I would have probably thought were near impossible for an amateur programmer like myself, however after this past week, I no longer fear doing what I do not know, but long for the sense of accomplishment each task brings.