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Backyard Brains in the Press

From time to time, we get all Hollywood. Below you will find a collection of stories about Backyard Brains that has been in the popular press.

The Next List

The Next List

In January, 2013. Backyard Brains was featured on Sanjay Gupta's show "The Next List" on CNN. See where the SpikerBoxes are made, how they are used in the classrooms, and a profile of one of the co-founders (Tim was away giving demo's in Argentina).


In the summer of 2012, our RoboRoach was featured in the newsstand issue of MAKE Magazine. Word from the editors is we almost made the cover, but we lost out to a cute dog.

Atacama Diaro


(En Español). In collaboration with Chile's Explora Program and, we visited the Chilean Region of Atacama and taught human muscle physiology to 110 selected high school students over 2 days.

Science Friday

We are big fans of Science Friday. So it was an honor to have this writeup in Jan 2013. In his article, "Playing Music -- Through a Squid?" Andreas Von Bubnoff asks "What happens if you play music through squid cells?"

Popular Science

In Dec 2012, Popular Science published an article on our RoboRoach called "How To Build Your Own Cockroach Cyborg". The artist took some liberties with our design, but over all it's a nice teachnial writeup. One day, our roboroach will look this cool.


Backyard Brains was on the front page of CNN with a piece entitled "On neuroscience and cockroach legs" By Matthew Gannon, in October 2012


Tim sat down with Robin Miller of Slashdot at the Backyard Brains HQ in Ann Arbor, MI and did a live demo for the slashdot. The result was a slashdot post entitled "Backyard Brains Can Help Satisfy Your Inner Frankenstein". Enjoy.

BBC World Service

Greg Gage sat down with John Stewart of the BBC for a demonstration on the BBC Radio Program "Science in Action" in April 2012. The BYB Segment starts around 6 minutes into the program.


Ewen Callaway wrote a Nature News Blog about Backyard Brain's effort to bring Optogenetics into the highschool. The post is entilted "Optogenetics on a budget" from Nov 2011.


A local Ann Arbor Blog, focusing on technology, start-ups, and the arts in SE Michigan, paid a visit to All Hands Active, the Hackerspace and production headquarters of Backyard Brains. Get to know Dana and Josh, founding members of All Hands Active.