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


Got some video game superfans in the house? Well, today on Maker Camp, the “other Paloma” meets the video game makers at Double Fine Productions. How many kids are itching to have their jobs someday, and to be paid to play? Maker Camp campers get a quick and fascinating step-by-step, behind-the-scenes overview to five jobs just about... Read more »

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What a great first week we’ve had for Maker Camp! We’re ending with the first-ever Maker Camp Film Fest this weekend, so be sure to get your videos on the Maker Camp Community by 8pm Pacific time on Friday if you want to be part of the lineup. If you haven’t had... Read more »

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We’re revving-up for the launch of our fourth annual Maker Camp on July 6. Maker Camp is where you need to spend your summer. It is for anyone who is interested in DIY, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering, and learning, especially kids. You’re invited to join us online or at your local... Read more »

The cardboard constructions at Maker Faire stand out for teachers who come looking for cheap and deep projects they can bring to the classroom.  KitRex's paperboard dinosaurs are a hit with kids, and show them how simple 2D shapes can become something you've only imagined!

One of my favorite parts of being a part of Maker Faire is sharing all our amazing Makers with teachers who come from all around the Bay Area—really from all over the world!—and then hearing from the teachers why this is such a special part of their year. We’re delighted to welcome teachers to... Read more »


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 »