Statement: My passion is taking science, integrating arts, making it beautiful science that grabs your mind and tweaks your thoughts into wanting to create something magnificent. Then teaching that to children so they want to learn and create. Science. Art. Gender. No boundaries!
Background: 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 teacher and event coordinator, 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 has her own company and works as a consultant teaching after school robotics and coaching at several elementary schools throughout the South Bay area. As an artist Eva teaches art classes for seniors and elementary students, is a talented costume designer and makeup artist.
Eva’s background as an instructor includes teaching as a certified LEGO Education Academy Trainer, LEGO Robotics Curriculum developer at Stanford University, DeAnza College Enrichment teacher, the Tech Museum of Innovation and co-founder of the Northern California FIRST LEGO League. She has been teaching Art at Washington Open Elementary, Santa Clara Senior Center and a professional makeup artist for California Great America. 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 website design, system administration, forms design, buying and contract administration.
Eva is community minded and continues to volunteer on weekends at a variety of events. You can find Eva running LEGO Robotic events at such venues as RoboGames, Maker Faire and Bricks by the Bay or attending Cosplay events. She is a Member of LEGO Academy Trainers, BayLUG, Bricks by the Bay Planning Committee, RoboGames LEGO Events Director, Robotics Society, NCaFLL and Hacker Dojo.
Eva says, “I get delighted when I see a student grasp a new concept. It’s like watching them open their gift.”
In her spare time, Eva enjoys spending time with her two children going camping, creating art, costume design and photography.