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Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle, or Binka, is the Director of Custom Programs for Maker Media, overseeing publications, outreach, and programming for kids, families, and schools. 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

Keith Newstead's pieces "In the Garden with Charlie" and "Sing Cats Heads"

The Exploratorium Tinkering Studio invites all of you to join a Hangout this Friday, November 21st from 9am to 10:30am (Pacific time) to talk about one of their true specialties—Automata!—with some of their favorite masters of this art/technology. plus.google.com/events/cfbmcijvp0a72ba6080c0s58s7o Joining the Tinkering Studio team will be a star-studded group: artist Keith Newstead (whose... Read more »

OpenStreetMap "is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world."

Today’s the 15th annual GIS Day, “the annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives” with over 700 events around the world. For example, in Indiana, drone-heads will collect GIS data with UAVs. WTH is GIS, you ask? GIS stands for Geographic Information System, or sometimes people call... Read more »

Source: Wikipedia

Rocky Rawlins' Survivor Library stores digitized 19th- and early 20th-century texts on how to build important machines and infrastructure, aiming to help civilization "survive when technology doesn't." Read more »

The Joy Wheel, at the now mostly defunct / relocated Playland at the Beach. Read on for a vivid, gorey memory of physics experiments by a San Francisco teen employee there decades ago. Photo courtesy of Mike Winslow's  Playland at the Beach

How would you build a giant turntable or merry-go-round for the physics classroom? Includes ideas for parts and a peek backstage as well as back in time. Read more »

Courtesy of Car Talk

An appreciation for Tom Magliozzi, co-host of NPR's Car Talk and co-founder of an early tool-sharing space, Hacker's Haven Read more »

Braverman-1H2A8476

At 2012’s East Bay Mini Maker Faire at Park Day School in Oakland, one room became resplendent. Silvery, shimmery sheets of mylar draped over its doors and all its surfaces. Kids and adults alike crafted the mylar into hats, gowns, spacesuits, and robot costumes. Stepping into the room transported me... Read more »

Maker-Ed-Cafe

Sometimes the best way to get started with making in the classroom is to go make friends outside of it! In that spirit, today’s edition of our series on Finding Starter Projects shares some of the many professional development (PD) opportunities out there available to teachers who want to meet... Read more »

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