About the SparkFun Education Department
SparkFun Electronics Department of Education views electronics as more than just a fun hobby or a career path, but as a creative medium for changing the face of education. Our curriculum, resources and products are designed specifically as hands-on learning tools to help today’s students learn 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communication and more. We want to help make current education models stronger and more effective.
We believe that by empowering students with the tools and knowledge they need not only to explore the world of electronics, but to take ownership over their own educational goals, we can build a better future. We hope you’ll join us.
“In today's highly competitive global ‘knowledge economy,’ all students need
new skills for college, careers, and citizenship. The failure to give all
students these new skills leaves today's youth - and our country - at an
alarming competitive disadvantage.”
The Global Achievement Gap, Tony Wagner
Lindsay Levkoff, Ph.D. — Director of Education
Lindsay Levkoff started working at SparkFun in the production department, and fueled by a passion for kinesthetic learning and the concept of play, Lindsay rose to her current role as Director of Education. Lindsay holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Lindsay is inspired to promote a system that encourages both educators and students to engage in the learning experience.
Linz Craig — Educational Outreach Coordinator
In his role as Educational Outreach Coordinator, Linz Craig works with educators around the globe to develop classes and curriculum teaching students relevant 21st century skills. In college, Linz combined Art, Education and Computer Science classes to create his own Bachelor’s degree with individual concentration in Multi-Media Education. Linz’s goal is “To be a small part of the process that ideally equalizes all humans through access to knowledge.”
Ben Leduc-Mills — Educational Outreach Coordinator
Ben Leduc-Mills is currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, working under Dr. Michael Eisenberg in the Craft Technology Lab. His current research interests revolve around how to make computation and construction accessible, practical, sustainable, and fun for ‘beginners’ – regardless of age or socioeconomic background. Ben also holds a Master's from NYU's ITP program and builds drawing machines in his (little) spare time.
Jeff Branson — Educational Outreach Coordinator
Jeff grew up in a family where people built and fixed things themselves - this upbringing gave him an appreciation of being hands-on with the technology. As a teen, Jeff worked in his father’s machine shop, and was introduced to CNC tools at an early age. After a long stint working with middle and high school students in robotics programs, Jeff found a place in the Education Department at SparkFun.
Amanda Clark — Project Manager of Education
Amanda Clark grew up in the greater Detroit area, graduating from Michigan State University with a photojournalism degree. Over the years, Amanda wandered through several career paths working as a graphic designer and trying to establish a bakery, until finally a career counseling test revealed education was in her top three most suitable career categories. While a newbie in the electronics world, Amanda is eager to learn and pass on her knowledge to others in the most fun and effective ways that she can.
Brian Huang — Educational Outreach Engineer
Brian Huang graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s of science degree in Electrical Engineering in 2000. He discovered a passion for teaching and working with kids while volunteering at the Science Museum of Minnesota. He also holds a masters in curriculum and instruction in Secondary Education from the University of Colorado. Brian has taught algebra, geometry, physics, physical science, and introduction to robotics at a high school in Colorado, and is the mentor and coach of FIRST Robotics team #3807 - the Blazerbots at Overland High School.
Derek Runberg — Curriculum Curator
Derek Runberg is the latest addition to the SparkFun education team and is the Curriculum Curator - a position dedicated to creating outstanding curriculum for electronics education. Previously, Derek worked as a middle school technology/engineering teacher, a digital design lab program instructor and is the author of the "Processing and Interactivity for Educators" website. In his free time, Derek likes to spend time with his two children, enjoy the outdoors, and write code. Derek's expertise and experience will bring SparkFun's curriculum to new levels!
Angela Sheehan — Educational Outreach Coordinator
Angela Sheehan brings a new skill-set to the SparkFun educational team - wearable electronics! Angela is an e-textiles guru and creator of Soft Circuit Saturdays - a blog dedicated to creating one project a week in the craft/e-textiles world. Angela has been on the ground-floor of wearable technology since 2005, and has enjoyed the challenge of the evolving e-textiles market. In her free time, Angela enjoys costume making, hoop dance, and flow wand.