Scientists say cockroaches can survive nuclear war, but can they survive children from the county issuing tiny electrical impulses to their legs and antennae?

Wabash College Psychology Department Head Neil Smitzer-Torbert said the idea of a cyborg cockroach comes to the county from a Michigan company called Backyard Brains that specializes in making learning about neuroscience accessible and fun. The cockroaches will get a small implant that allows kids who come to Brain Day to control the cockroach and apply light stimulation to the insect in order to learn about neurology.

Smitzer-Torbert said no cockroaches will be harmed in the making of the Seventh Annual Brain Day. “They might even have it better than an average cockroach one would find in the wild,” he said. “They will just have one strange day and go back to their aquarium.”

The brainy fun being offered does not stop with the insects. The array of activities will provide a good out of class learning opportunity and a range of new activities this year. “We are always looking for new activities to draw kids in for these events,” he said. “I have been following Backyard Brains for a while.”

There will also be a SpikerBox from Backyard Brains. The SpikerBox allows kids to see how electrical impulses control their muscles. The activity will also let kids map their brain by seeing what activity is controlled by different parts of the brain. He said there will also be hands on activities with illusions.

“Hopefully they will have fun and learn, too,” he said. “Sometimes we don’t think of those things happening at the same time.”

The annual event is put together by the Wabash Psychology and Biology Departments and the Carnegie Museum. For brainy, cockroach fun come to the Carnegie Museum this Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.