Michael Hinkle

  • Job
    Inventor, Innovator, Owner
  • Specialized
    Inventing and Innovating, Engineering & Scientific Practices (NGSS), 3D Printing, Robotics, Electronics
  • Experience
    30+ Industry Experience, 15+ Robotics Team Mentor, 7+ Teaching, Inventor

Mike Hinkle is a STEM educator and homeschool parent living in Sugar Land, Texas. Together with his wife Jeanette Breton he started Techno Chaos, a STEM education center with the mission to inspire learning and innovating and thereby build creative individuals and tech-savvy communities. After more than 3 decades of engineering and technology leadership roles in the Energy industry, Mike became convinced there was a significant need for K-12 students to relearn the creativity and opportunity possible within the STEM career fields and to better prepare them for that. Despite the amazing progress in technology and its increasing impact on our lives, for most students the STEM education experience had become passive and unengaging, so Mike and Jeanette created Techno Chaos to deliver rich authentic STEM learning using hands-on projects and classes featuring leading-edge technology. The goal is to get students on the path to where they are still active learners and productive creators 30 years and more from now.

 

Mike and Jeanette have two sons in homeschool programs, and enjoy being entrepreneurs in a business where they can apply a wide range of creative and inventive energies. They organize large learning events such as Houston Mini Maker Faire and the Maker Exhibition at Comicpalooza, and travel extensively within the US with their sons when they are able to get away on vacations.

 

Checkout my blog, Adventures in Making

 

About Techno Chaos

As a physical makerspace for 5 years we've hosted projects involving 3D printing, robotics, Internet of Things(IoT), Arduino, Raspberry Pi, programming, Minecraft, etc.  Over the last two years, we have seen the interest grow in schools, libraries and other community organizations to create their own makerspace education programs.   Instead of continuing to grow our own community, we will be starting the next chapter in our journey to inspire making and project-based learning by focusing on providing services to schools, libraries and other communities.  Some of these services will be Makerspace and Robotics Starter Programs.  We look forward to being a partner with you and your organization to continue the journey!