On July 28 and 29, more than 400 makers will bring their MacGyver-like Do-It-Yourself (DIY) wonders to the home of innovation, The Henry Ford, for Maker Faire Detroit 2012- the Midwest's largest two-day festival dedicated to those that build, tinker and create.
Featuring fun demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family, Maker Faire Detroit offers a little bit of everything 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 will also have a variety of culinary delights to choose from including a selection from The Henry Ford's award-winning culinary team.
Ticket prices at $30 for adults (13-61), $20.50 for youth (5-12), and $27 for seniors (62+) can be purchased now. 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, please call 313-982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org/makerfaire.