Mike Hinkle is a STEM educator, inventor and maker. 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 non-engaging, 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 was to get students on the path to where they are still active learners and productive creators 30 years and more from now. Along with owning a makerspace for five years, he has been a key organizer for large maker events such as Houston Mini Maker Faire and the Maker Exhibition at Comicpalooza.
Mike and Jeanette have two sons in Lewis Palmer 38 in Monument, Colorado, and enjoys being an entrepreneur in a business where they can apply a wide range of creative and inventive energies. Mike likes to travel within the US with their sons when they are able to get away on vacations.
|Specialization: Inventing and Innovating, Engineering & Scientific Practices (NGSS), 3D Printing, Robotics, Electronics|
|Length of Experience: 30+ Industry Experience, 15+ Robotics Team Mentor, 7+ Teaching, Parent 14+, Inventor & Maker 48+|
|Industry Experience: Energy and telecommunications industries as Technology and Infrastructure Architecture|
|Blog: Adventures in Making|
|Current Project: Too many to list, but first order of business is to get my workshop organized so I can find my tools and supplies after our move from the Houston area after 19 years.|