Member Since: October 28, 2009

Country: United States



I’m a recovering molecular biologist that found a nice home at SparkFun. I spend my days with my border collie sidekick, Mr. Butters, dreaming up ways to make electronics education exciting, accessible, and affordable!


Director of Education

Spoken Languages

English, Science

Programming Languages

can locate a bathroom in (X)HTML, CSS


University of Colorado, Boulder - B.A., University of Florida - Ph.D.


A little of this and a lot of molecular biology…




Ross, H.H., Rahman, M., Levkoff, L.H., Millette, S., Martin-Carreras, T., Dunbar, E.M., Reynolds, B.A., Laywell, E.D. Ethynyldeoxyuridine (EdU) suppresses in vitro population expansion and in vivo tumor progression of human glioblastoma cells. J Neurooncol., 2011.

Levkoff, L.H., Ross, H.H., Laywell, E.D. Halogenated pyrimidines in the treatment of cancer: Radiosensitization and beyond. Current Cancer Therapy Reviews, (in prep).

Ross, H.H., Levkoff, L.H., Marshall, GP 2nd, Caldeira, M., Steindler, D.A., Reynolds, B.A., Laywell, E.D. Bromodeoxyuridine induces senescence in neural stem and progenitor cells. Stem Cells, 2008.

Levkoff, L.H., Marshall, GP 2nd, Ross, H.H., Caldeira, M., Reynolds, B.A., Cakiroglu, M., Mariani, C.L., Streit, W.J., Laywell, E.D. Bromodeoxyuridine inhibits cancer cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo. Neoplasia, 2008.

Walton, N.M., Sutter, B.M., Laywell, E.D., Levkoff, L.H., Kearns, S.M., Marshall, GP 2nd, Scheffler, B., Steindler, D.A. Microglia instruct subventricular zone neurogenesis. Glia, 2006.

Milligan, E.D., Sloane, E.M., Langer, S.J., Hughes, T.S., Jekich, B.M., Frank, M.G., Mahoney, J.H., Levkoff, L.H., Maier, S.F., Cruz, P.E., Flotte, T.R., Johnson, K.W., Mahoney, M.M., Chavez, R.A., Leinwand, L.A., Watkins, L.R. Repeated intrathecal injections of plasmid DNA encoding interleukin-10 produce prolonged reversal of neuropathic pain. Pain, 2006.

Bilbo, S.D., Levkoff, L.H., Mahoney, J.H., Watkins, L.R., Rudy, J.W., Maier, S.F. Neonatal infection induces memory impairments following an immune challenge in adulthood. Behav Neurosci, 2005.

Jason Griffey launches LibraryBox 2.0

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This is an Exploratorium Teacher Institute professional development course open to any middle or high school science teacher. This course is designed to help science teachers infuse their curriculum with hands-on STEM activities that support the NGSS engineering practices.

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GoldieBlox vs. Beastie Boys

How the Beastie Boys helped this little girl grow up to be a scientist.

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GoldieBlox vs. Beastie Boys

How the Beastie Boys helped this little girl grow up to be a scientist.

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Funding Resources!

An incomplete list of funding opportunities for educators!

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A quick map of the RV's driving adventure for the Southwest and West regions of the National Tour!

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The Gloves are a cutting edge experimental gestural music ware being developed today for the purpose of Imogen Heap’s studio and stage work.

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Lindsay Levkoff, SparkFun Director of Education and vintage tchotchkes enthusiast, recaps her trip to SXSWedu!

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An electronics geeks tribute to one of the greatest shows of all time.

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Lindsay Levkoff, SparkFun Director of Education and vintage tchotchkes enthusiast, recaps her trip to SXSWedu!

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EYEO Wrap-up

SparkFun heads out to Minneapolis for a gathering of the minds at the crossroads of art, technology, and science - the EYEO Festival.

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Squishy Circuits

Check out these moldable, foldable, squishable circuits.

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  • You’re all correct in wondering about the lack of safety glasses. Admittedly, while not an excuse, this photo is from before our Department of Education existed. I was working in Production and we had a bit more of a risk neutral nature about us. We were new at the whole teaching thing and mistakes were made. Since 2011-2012 we’ve been requiring all instructors and students to wear safety glasses. We were lucky to never have any incidents and we are grateful for that. You can all sleep at night knowing we do take safety seriously and have come a long way since our renegade days of yore.

    It is also highly unlikely that the iron was on at this point as I was demonstrating the mechanics of how to solder. We do our best to empower the students to tackle all soldering and troubleshooting themselves rather than commandeering the iron to fix things. Regardless, I should have been wearing glasses. Period.

  • The LabPack will be a full set though we are currently working on the quantities included and if we will include the add-ons. If you’re looking to purchase 6 kits I would say your best bet is to purchase individual kits. Also, if you’re not already in the system as an educator (20% discount), contact eservice@sparkfun.com to get setup!

  • We are working up the LabPack (educator) version as I type - stay tuned!

  • This is the most recent (more transparent) blog post from GitHub that does highlight the issues leading to the CEO stepping down. Not all of Julie Horvath’s claims were substantiated with the investigation but there is no doubt that there were issues large enough for the CEO to resign.

  • I couldn’t agree more. I think the goal is to get young women (and, really, all children) to explore all different areas so they have more data from which to choose a career or lifelong passion. My personal goal isn’t even to ensure that the statistics of women in these fields improve (though that would be nice), it’s to make sure that young women aren’t intimidated by anything. For me, it’s about confidence and a lot of what we see with young women playing with electronics and other scientific explorations is that it builds confidence. The same could easily be said for art, music, dance, culinary arts and trade skills. In the 21st century though we feel compelled to do what we can to give the youth the knowledge and skills to fix the balance between being consumers and producers. I like to imagine the possibilities of children growing up with programming and hardware skills and then taking them into the arts, medicine and other non-engineering specific fields. The number of engineering degrees is not the metric I’m looking for with any of this. I’m hopeful for building skill sets and confidence to go after whatever excites and inspires them.

  • I recall reading your article when I first sat down to write my thoughts on GoldieBlox. You’re spot on! In the end, it’s just brilliant marketing and not much beyond that. Hopefully better options will come along!

  • It is great to hear that you’ve been happy with the products from SparkFun. We’re just one small piece of the puzzle but we are hopeful that every little bit counts when it comes to getting kids (and adults) excited about science and technology and providing the tools and materials to allow people to build and hack. Send pictures of that light-up Domo! :)

  • Thank you for the correction! I revised the blog accordingly!

  • You’re right - I did add a comment earlier (see below) that gets to that point a bit more. Overall, I just didn’t feel like that toy added anything to the landscape for learning about engineering. Neither the stories nor the activities were particularly engaging. It didn’t live up to the hype and I do take issue with some of the gender ideals in the marketing. I don’t think pink or purple are the issue - I have no issue with young girls having an affinity for pinks and purples. It’s also weird that they talk about taking over the aisles of pinks and purples yet the branding has plenty of that and even incorporates beauty pageants. There’s some conflict there. I think this was really a marketing project rather than a truly thought out toy/kit for engaging young girls. The LEGO Friends series has some of the same flaws. I would never have wanted the Friends series (though I do understand that many young girls do) and preferred the good ol' fashioned primary color cubes. I loved that the blocks were a raw material for the imagination and am saddened by how much the toy industry has migrated toward specific kits with seemingly end-product single use.

  • I’m actually glad to hear that your girls enjoyed interacting with GoldieBlox! Admittedly, my interactions with GoldieBlox are as an adult and only with the first kit they they released. I did not find the learning experience to be particularly great and my background is actually in molecular biology, so I have plenty to learn in terms of engineering principles. I thought the kit/toy missed the mark - the stories and hands-on experiences did not particularly enhance my understanding or interest in engineering. That being said, I’m an n of 1. It did, however, get me thinking about the bigger issue at hand and how to tackle it. I absolutely love the idea of exposing more children (especially young women) to science and engineering and I don’t think there will be a silver bullet for reaching large swaths of the population. We need options. I am hopeful that GoldieBlox is just the beginning of a growing trend and that future iterations will improve upon it.