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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


Every fall we get a new crop of schools and teachers coming to us looking for ways to get started with making. We’re developing more awesome Maker Media-made resources for you. In the meantime, over the next several posts we’re going to share the resources our colleagues in the classroom use... Read more »


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 »


When I was a little kid, my family got a few magazines that were a bit beyond my grasp, but I still felt like those subscriptions were mine. I didn’t understand all the jokes in MAD magazine, but I still pawed through the pages, ran the Spy vs. Spy flipbook,... Read more »


A few years ago I was at an Open Make at the Lawrence Hall of Science, and as I listened to Garratt Gallagher of what was then called Hacker Scouts (since renamed Curiosity Hacked), a slide popped up of something I’d been imagining in my own head for months: a map of the terrain... Read more »


Chad Ratliff shared with us this video (above, by Trevor Przyuski) of a professional development trip he and his colleagues took to Maker Faire 2013. Schools are back in session, and we’re getting ready to throw open the gates to Maker Faire, hands-down the best hands-on learning-palooza for teachers everywhere.... Read more »


What maker cannot help but love Aardman Animations? Today, you can meet a few of the brilliant artists who bring Aardman’s irresistible characters to life during our LIVE Maker Camp Hangout on Air at 11am Pacific time (2pm Eastern) on or the Maker Camp Google+ Community. Aardman produces a... Read more »


We’re playing around with DIY Music at Make: with our best week yet, full of the best of everything you could imagine: Loops If you missed yesterday’s fantastic, phenomenal, “best-hangout-ever” with the one and only Reggie Watts, don’t despair! We’ve tucked it away in the Maker Camp Hall of Fame on YouTube... Read more »


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