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Girls in Science and Engineering Summer Camp

Backyard brains was pleased to participate in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp put on by UofM’s Women in Science and Engineering organization. The H&BS camp was a week-long set of activities with the goal of giving high school students hands-on experience in different health science related fields, and to broaden their perspectives about what health careers include (beyond/in addition to med school).


We received excellent feedback from the students, and we look forward to teaching more classes in the future. Stay tuned.

Evan joins Backyard Brains

Backyard brains is proud to announce the addition of our first intern! Evan, a gifted high-schooler, will be joining the Backyard Brains team as a part of the University of Michigan’s mentorship program. Evan’s tasks will include working with the OLPC to get it up and running.

Evan joins Backyard Brains

Our Backyard Brains weekly meeting in the home workshop is shown above. From left to right: Greg, Evan, and Tim.

ByB – OLPC Partnership

The One Laptop per Child association develops a low-cost laptop"the “XO Laptop”"to revolutionize how we educate the world’s children. Their mission is “to provide educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.”

We at Backyard Brains share their vision, and have offered to help by creating low-cost equipment so children can learn about biology. We have called our effort “One Cockroach Per Laptop (OCPL)” in a tounge-in-cheek nod to our parent project.

One Cockroach Per Laptop

You can follow our development discussions on the OLPC SpikerBox projoect wiki page on