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University of Michigan plugs Backyard Brains

Backyard Brains was highlighted in June 2009 by the University of Michigan News Service for the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The video is provided below.

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