Michael Shiloh

Michael Shiloh

Kinetics & Electronics Intsructor

Michael Shiloh has a BSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and worked for many years designing consumer and industrial hardware and software systems.

Michael joined Survival Research Labs in 1990, designing and installing control systems for the groups’ large industrial performance machines, and started teaching electronics and animatronics to artists working in the increasingly popular fields of machine art, kinetic sculpture, physical computing, and robotics.

Working with artists and other non-technical designers, it became apparent that there was a need for inexpensive, easy-to-use tools for prototyping and developing interactive projects. In 2002 Michael co-founded MakingThings, helping develop the Teleo line of rapid prototyping building blocks, allowing designers to build complex projects that combined software with electronics and devices such as sensors and motors. A natural teacher, Michael found himself teaching others how to use Teleo at companies and universities including Xerox PARC, Stanford University, California State University (Hayward and San Francisco), California College of the Arts, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Discovering a passion and aptitude for teaching, Michael was a guest lecturer for various art and technology classes, developed and taught tinkering workshops for children at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation, brought Maker Faire projects to under-served schools through Make Magazine’s art and technology Make Mobile, and for 5 years designed and lead MAKE Play Day workshop, the largest workshop at Make magazine’s annual Maker Faire, where an estimated 3000 children and adults build gadgets and contraptions from discarded electrical devices.

In 2007 Michael joined OpenMoko as community liaison, responsible for developing and educating the community around this open source cellphone project. In 2008 Michael joined The Crucible and for 3 years headed the Kinetic and Electronics department.

In 2005 Michael founded Teach Me To Make, an educational organization dedicated to the principle that understanding technology and construction techniques, should be open, public, and accessible to all. In 2008 Judy Castro, artist and designer, became a partner at Teach Me To Make. Inspired by the creativity and ingenuity of people with limited resources, Michael and Judy have developed tinkering workshops to teach and exercise the skills of innovation and creativity. Together and individually they facilitate the development of creativity while teaching technical skills such as rapid prototyping, tinkering, electronics, robotics, computer control, and Arduino.

Michael teaches Art and Engineering at the university level: Physical Computing at San Francisco State University, Audio Electronics at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco, and Basic Electronics and Arduino at the California College of the Arts.

Michael has spoken at over 30 conferences and events around the world on open source project development, rapid prototyping, physical computing, kinetic sculpture, teaching electronics to the non-technical, and developing the creative process through tinkering.

Click Here to view an interview with Michael at The Makers Faire 2007