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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


Don’t have the time or enough PVC pipe to build a heavy-duty launcher for your paper rocket? Don’t worry, you can launch a rocket with just a short piece of pipe, a recycled pile of “trash,” and a little bit of tape. It works a lot like the kind of Stomp Rocket you may... Read more »


What story are you writing with your life? Tell me your story. But first, remember with me Kevin Brooks, a dear friend and mentor who passed away three months shy of his 56th birthday, which would have been today. I first met him at the MIT Media Lab, where his... Read more »

Hosts Nick Raymond (2012, top left), Em Mota (2013, top right), Paloma Fautley (Halloween, with Karlee Tucker as Luigi), and YOU (2014)!

Maker Camp is looking for a dynamic host for our daily talk show that connects top makers with campers all over the world to build the best summer ever. We’re looking for you. You’re a maker. You may hack your appliances. You may have Arduinos tucked in your t-shirts. You... Read more »

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This morning, Tim Wilczynski graduated from MIT, and I have it on good authority that his dad, Vince Wilczynski, “Dean Vince” of the Yale School of Engineering, handed him a beautiful family heirloom—a wooden beaver lovingly carved by a father for his son. It’s not the same hand-carved wooden beaver Tim’s... Read more »


Maker Faire is happening all around the world and all through the year. For those of us who plan our year around Maker Faire Bay Area, however, we’re two weeks into 52 weeks of Maker Faire withdrawal. For ourselves and all of you, we’ve put together a small poster with 100 ways... Read more »


At Maker Media, we like to re-invent things every once in a while, and so this year we tried a lot of new ways to reach out to teachers and schools ahead of Maker Faire. We launched a new Teacher Team, and you’ll see hundreds of teachers getting involved in... Read more »