Tinkers, inventors unite for Maker Faire

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford
Maker Faire will be at The Henry Ford July 28 and 29. It is the largest two-day festival dedicated to those that build, tinker and create,

DEARBORN — More than 400 makers will bring their MacGyver-like Do-It-Yourself wonders to the home of innovation, The Henry Ford, Saturday and Sunday for Maker Faire Detroit 2012, the Midwest’s largest two-day festival dedicated to those that build, tinker and create.

Presented by Pure Michigan, Maker Faire Detroit features demonstrations, hands-on activities a little bit of everything for the whole family from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures, fashionable finds and musical performances.

Michigan Makers making their debut or displaying new projects this year include 14-year-old Kathryn DiMara who has been working on rebuilding a 1986 Pontiac Fiero by herself for the past two years; Dozer Studios with steel sculptures created out of recycled motorcycle parts; Hydro-Electric Motown, a project that uses water to power a gas motor through the integration and use of electromagnetism and wireless applications, former presenter Jacqueline Swain from Fused Glass Adornments giving a demonstration on how fused glass is created into a finished product; and Lansing Makers Network member Brian Adams and “Megoperation,” a giant-sized version of the classic surgical dexterity puzzle.

Maker Faire Detroit veterans returning for 2012 include The LifeSize Mousetrap, Cirque Amongus, i3Detroit Hackerspace, the Coke and Mentos Guys, Handmade Detroit and Royal Oak-resident and Lego Studio owner Nick Britsky who will be hosting a Lego Brick Challenge Game Show in the Anderson Theater.

Along with entertainment, guests also will have a variety of culinary items to choose from including a selection from The Henry Ford’s award-winning culinary team.

Ticket prices are $30 for adults (13 to 61), $20.50 for youth (5 to 12), $27 for seniors (62 and up), and children 4 and under are free. Prices for a two-day pass are $54 for adults, $38 for youth, and $48.50 for seniors. Members of The Henry Ford receive free admission to Henry Ford Museum and can purchase Maker Faire tickets at a discounted price.

For more information, call 313-982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org/makerfaire

Guests wanting a bigger Maker experience can download the Maker Faire application for daily schedules, maps and a chance to win an iPad 3 through a new augmented reality game. The Maker Faire application will be available for download through the iTunes store.