To Backyard Brains and the company’s RoboRoach.
Backyard Brains has introduced a do-it-yourself kit that is supposed to teach children about neurotechnology and electronics. However, it also teaches children to disregard the lives of insects. In the supposed interest of science, children are conducting experiments on cockroaches. Now many people don’t exactly love the cockroach but no one said it was right to experiment on them. And in a climate when many scientists are moving away from using animals in their research, why would we want to educate the next generation in the ways of vivisection?
Take Action: Write a polite note to the CEO of Backyard Brains and urge him and his company to reconsider the product RoboRoach. Suggest the company use the many brains it has to come up with a creative way to teach children about neurotechnology and electronics that does not involve harming living beings.
Greg Gage, CEO
Backyard Brains, Inc.
308 1/2 S. State Street, Suite 35
Ann Arbor, MI 48104