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#ALD12 @findingada – Lindsay Levkoff

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Lindsay Levkoff, Ph.D. — Director of Education @ Sparkfun.

Growing up I was equally interested in biological sciences and technology, dissecting both backyard lizards and living room electronics. However, in my K-12 experience the biological sciences won my favor due to tangibility and excitement. Math and physics classes consisted of routine memorization and regurgitation of formulae, and a few tangible experiments often based on seemingly irrelevant and archaic technology. My biggest drive is to understand how things work. Following my curiosity about human physiology I attained my doctorate degree in Biomedical Sciences, but a flicker of wonderment about technology always lingered. Combining my passion for kinesthetic learning and the concept of play, I dreamt up a Department of Education at SparkFun Electronics, a company dedicated to the open source movement and sharing ingenuity. I am inspired to promote a system that encourages both educators and students to engage in the learning experience. By exciting students and creating materials that cross grade levels and fields of study our hope is that a greater and more diverse population of people will be interested in playing, hacking, tinkering, and creating.


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