Michael Shiloh teaches electronics and mechanics with an intuitive approach, by showing how to build gadgets, contraptions, robots, and kinetic sculptures. Michael teaches adults and children at museums, schools, universities, conferences, and special events.
Michael has taught at numerous institutions including the California College of Art, San Francisco State University, The Art Institute, San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation, Stanford University, and Make Magazine's art and technology Make Mobile, bringing Maker Faire projects to under-served schools. He leads the largest event at Make magazine's annual Maker Faire, where an estimated 3000 children and adults build gadgets and contraptions from discarded electrical devices at his MAKE Play Day workshop. Michael's background includes a profession in engineering, a lifetime of curious tinkering, and creating experimental machine art with groups such as Survival Research Labs. His work reflects an open source approach to creating and sharing knowledge.
Teaching experiences such as mentoring for individual projects, leading non-conventional classes, and public speaking have made Michael an effective and popular teacher. Michael's art includes robotic sculpture and experimental furniture incorporating concrete and broken glass. He has designed embedded hardware and software for high-speed image processing, robotic and industrial control, and co-founded a company which designs and builds electronics for inventors, artists, and hobbyists.
He has been a speaker at over 30 conferences and events around the world on topics including teaching through contraption building, physical computing, and open source advocacy.
Judy Aime' Castro is an artist and designer working with textiles, metal, and industrial materials, and tinkering with electronics. She learned tinkering from her father who was a machinist, and sewing from her mother as a family trade. She received a Textiles Award while earning a BA in Industrial Design and a minor in sculpture from San Francisco State University. At the moment, she is a collaborator at the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium Museum of Art, Science and Perception. Judy opened her studio to provide custom work in the areas of art and design. Her artistry is a collection of skills from sewing to metal working. She enjoys making prototypes, soft goods, home decor, and pet accessories. She believes in making products in a creative and sustainable ways. Her designs are often made with recycled materials. Her approach in custom work is based on making sketches, samples and fittings for a well crafted product.
She designed CoffeeBots! robots with personality. Her work was published by Make Magazine in volume 34 and online in Make Projects. She reproduced a patent model of the earliest washing machine for a new book "Building a Better Mouse Trap" by Alan Rothschild and is the Illustrator for the 3rd Edition of "Getting Started with Arduino" by Maker Media.
She is the co-founder of Teach Me To Make, an educational organization providing hands-on art and technology workshops. Their latest workshop on Robotics was for Fire Camp at the Imperial College in London and the previous year at the Museum of Science in Israel. She has designed a new wiggling creature called Alligator Earl and hopes to set him free to wild soon! She was born in the North Andes of Peru, and moved to New York in her teens. Now she lives in San Francisco.