Eva Carrender is a veritable LEGO Mindstorms expert who is dedicated to STEAM teaching. Eva has been a LEGO Robotics teacher, coach and mentor since 1999. As a co-founder of the Northern California FIRST LEGO League, she is instrumental in bringing LEGO Robotics to countless schools and organizations in the Bay Area. Eva specializes in project development and succeeds in expanding the minds of her students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Currently Eva works for LEGO Education, teaches after school robotics at elementary schools throughout the South Bay area and she works at Washington Open Elementary teaching Art. Prior to teaching Eva worked for several years in industry, including a 15-year stint at the legendary Palo Alto Research Center where she did web design, system administration, forms design, buying and contract administration.
Eva’s background as an instructor includes teaching as a LEGO Ed Academy Trainer, LEGO Robotics Curriculum developer at Stanford University, DeAnza College Summer Enrichment and the Tech Museum of Innovation. She is well versed in EV3, NXT-G, RCX, and the new EV3 programs and engineering designs.
Eva is community minded and continues to volunteer as a FIRST LEGO League referee and emcee, a FIRST Robotics mentor and a Science Fair judge for Santa Clara County School District. On weekends, you can frequently find Eva running LEGO Robotic events at such venues as RoboGames, Maker Faire and Bricks by the Bay.
Eva says, “I get delighted when I see a student grasp a new concept. It’s like watching them open a gift.”
In her spare time, Eva enjoys spending time with her two
children going camping, creating art, costume design and photography.
Member of BayLUG, Bricks by the Bay Planning Committee, RoboGames LEGO Events Director, Robotics Society, NCaFLL, FIRST Robotics, Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor