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Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle, or Binka, is the Education Director for Maker Media, overseeing educational publications, outreach, and programming. Before joining Maker Media in 2007, she worked at the Exploratorium, in Mitchel Resnick’s Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and as a curriculum designer for various publishers and educational researchers. When she’s not supporting future makers, including her two young sons, Binka does some making of her own, most often as a visual artist.

Latest from Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Yale Professor Scott Strobel at work turning a bowl. Photo by Sarah Hill.

Professor Scott Strobel carves out time from his busy schedule as a Yale vice president and overseeing two labs in biophysics and biochemistry to make things of beauty: wooden bowls reclaimed from fallen trees around campus. Playing off a pun of his university’s football stadium, and with an approving nod... Read more »

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Yesterday was the 50th birthday of one of the strangest characters and films ever to hit the silver screen, Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Read more »

The Art of Tinkering hacked book

We at MAKE love The Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, so when we heard that its directors, Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich, were going to capture their community of artists and engineers ("Tinkerers") into the pages of a book called The Art of Tinkering, we couldn't wait... Read more »


Today is Ada Lovelace’s 198th birthday, and while many recognized Ada Lovelace Day a couple of months ago, we’re going to use the anniversary of a favorite mathematician’s birthday as an excuse for a party, anyhow. What better way to have fun like a mathematician than with an afternoon of... Read more »


Connected to our Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, & Math (STEAM) Toys for Kids, we're sharing a Crowdfund Roundup of some great campaigns in the same STEAMy space. Read more »

And just because it evokes the start of winter in a beautiful, mathematically derived form that reminds me of the 2D, six-sided symmetry of its snowflake cousins, I have to give a final nod to this gorgeous Frabjous puzzle from mathematician George Hart, made for the Museum of Math. Perhaps this Frabjous form will inspire a young maker you love to design such complex shapes of her own to print in 3D ... or to riff on the design with lasercut pieces of his own unique design.

What are maker-loving parents giving this season to turn their kids into the makers of tomorrow? In this list we focus on gifts at the intersection of Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, & Math (STEAM). Read more »

(c) Ian Cole / Pat Starace

I just stumbled across the Star★Bot animatronic platform kit out of the community of makers in Florida. It's designed for kids to "create animatronic robots and learn microcontrollers, mechanics and papercraft." Its Kickstarter campaign ends in a few hours! Pat Starace developed the kits at FamiLAB "Central Florida’s provider of... Read more »