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  • Pre-Order your Bluetooth RoboRoach!

    Backyard Brains has successfully completed a kickstarter campaign to help fund the development of the release version of our cyborg cockroach: The RoboRoach. Pre-Order yours today (Ships Nov 2013)

  • The SpikerBox

    Backyard Brains' SpikerBox is a fun, affordable, hands-on way to experiment with neuroscience. Learn how the brain works! Listen to the impulses ("spikes") of neurons in real time!

  • The EMG SpikerBox

    Are you curious what your own spikes and muscles sound like? You are in luck! Our new EMG SpikerBox allows you to view and hear the hidden messages of your own nervous system.

  • The RoboRoach

    The world's first commercially available cyborg can be yours! Take home your own RoboRoach and be a part of neuro-history. Photo courtesy of customer Lauren Yen, a 13-year-old 8th grader of Ridgecrest Junior High in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

Welcome to Backyard Brains

The brain is complex, but extremely fascinating. We need more people interested in studying the brain because 20% of the world will have a neurological disorder… and there are no cures! To study the brain, you typically have to be a graduate student at a major university. Not any more! Backyard Brains enables everyone to be a neuroscientist! We provide affordable neuroscience experiment kits for students of all ages to learn (hands-on) about electrophysiology. Now everyone from schoolchildren to grad students and every grade in between can experiment with similar tools used by real neuroscientists worldwide! By following a few simple steps, everyone can experience first-hand how the brain communicates with our sense, memories, hopes, and desires.

Backyard Brains is offering a Make-Your-Own SpikerBox Workshop in Michigan! Wednesday, July 24, 2013

If you live close to Ann Arbor, MI and are interested in learning more about hands-on Neuroscience and Engineering. You are in luck! We are hosting a DIY SpikerBox Make and Take Workshop on July 24. Each student will make their own SpikerBox, then conduct neuroscience experiments with the equipment they made!

Learn more about the Workshop

High School Teachers and Professors

Do you love teaching science? So do we! That's why we developed a full suite of affordable tools so you can share the joy. Our products are appropriate for kids of all ages, from the 5th grade through grad school

Students and Parents

Looking for unique ideas for your science fair project? It doesn't matter if you're in elementary, middle or high school. . . we've got the coolest experiments around. Now you can experiment use equipment and experiments like professional neuroscientists to explore the mysteries of the brain.

DIY Neuroscientists

How is it that we can think, feel, and experience things on an emotional level? Or do you just want to tinker with the first commercially available cyborg? For the first time ever, now you can experiment like the pros! Backyard Brains is neuroscience for everyone, especially you!

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