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.
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 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.