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

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 »

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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 »

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 »

Stanley shows off his Arduino project to another curious camper at at the White Plains Library's Maker Camp this summer.

In this edition of Finding Starter Projects, we take a look at resources that guide maker leaders in focusing on a single domain, tool, or material. Using these, maker clubs and making classrooms can take a deep dive into one kind of making. This is another approach to narrowing down The Wide... Read more »

The Global Cardboard Challenge happens in piles of boxes around the world this Saturday, October 11th. Craft your own arcade!

Some kids discover the Maker movement with their head already full of ideas for projects they want to realize. Other kids need a little nudge, some way to focus on a subset of The Wide World of Whatever You Want. In this edition of Finding Starter Projects, we offer you the focus imposed by... Read more »

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Some pointers for safely viewing the partial solar eclipse on October 23 Read more »