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


Step back in time with me, and behold the program guide to the first-ever Maker Faire. I was there, way back in the year 2006, demonstrating clay animation with my museum colleagues. I cherished this guide, but it went missing a few years ago. I’m so glad to have found a digital version... Read more »

Note: Today’s post is largely written by science teacher and Nimoy superfan Mandy Kirk, with some additional notes from me, Michelle Hlubinka. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish reality and fiction. This is especially true when a character is so deeply beloved as Mr. Spock from the original Star Trek television series, as... Read more »


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—along with USAID’s Global Development Lab, The Lemelson Foundation, The Schmidt Family Foundation, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, The Good Company and OMG—has put together a list of challenges primed for Makers to solve. They call these “Top 50 Game-Changing Technologies for Defeating Global Poverty.” These are summarized... Read more »


Construct a whole village of recycled cardboard gingerbread houses for kids to decorate with paper, stickers, holiday candy, perhaps even leftover Halloween candy! Read more »


Where to find Makers! Maps of the makers and making activities out there, useful whether you're going to a new place or looking for your tribe right in your own backyard Read more »

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

The Exploratorium Tinkering Studio invites all of you to join a Google 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. 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 »