Back to the Future’s Doc Brown would be proud if he could fix his eye to The Henry Ford on July 26-27 as it hosts the fifth annual Maker Faire Detroit. This collection of spare time mad scientists will include bring together 400 makers, including more than 100 new amateur inventors, for two days of tinkering, hacking, and creating.
These creators and their inventions may be the main attraction, but the two-day festival has other items to draw in people. Pewabic Pottery’s Education Studio will be on site giving live demonstrations. The sounds of Detroit’s Dear Darkness will also perform live. Construct a Truck USA will even be there giving the opportunity build a model truck to visitors.
There are plenty of makers both new and returning making a splash. One of the big names, Ali Kermani, created the Razor Crazy Cart and was a contestant on America’s Got Talent. The Sprice Effect comes from right here in Michigan and will be showing off his Rube Gold Machine. The first all-female makerspace come by way of the Hacker Girls of Kalamazoo. From right here in Motown Pewabic Education Studio will be in attendance along with the Inventible, who participated in the White House Maker Faire and will show off the Shampoo 3D Carving Machine. The Official Nerdy Derby will be brought to Maker Faire Detroit for the first time by Ann Arbor’s Maker Works.
A favorite of the show, the Life-size mouse trap will also return this year. A handmade arts and crafts faire will be present because of DIY psi. EepyBird with Coke and Mentos will be there as well, along with Detroit’s Theatre Bizarre, which has not been at the event since its second year.
This year also marks a step forward in music’s evolution … it has been 50 years since the Moog synthesizer was invented, and the Henry Ford is incorporating this into the festivities. This side of the celebration will be called “Close Encounters of the Synth Kind.” A presentation will be made at the faire discussing the importance of the instrument, including its history and how it maintains an ongoing legacy along with other experimental electronics. This presentation will be given by pioneers and experts.
Multimedia lectures and performances by Herbert Deustsch, close collaborator on the first Moog synthesizer, author Dave Thompkins, and UK based artist-designer Paul Elliman will be held in honor of the synthesizer. The performances will be complimented by modern-day Makers who demonstrate their own analog synthesizers and other circuit bent instruments.
The Henry Ford will also have the 1964 Moog synthesizer on display. Many say that this was the first prototype Moog to be completed.
If you want to take the Maker Faire experience even further there is an app available for just that. The Maker Faire Detroit app is free and downloadable by Apple or Google Play stores. A map, a schedule, maker descriptions, a newsfeed for updates, and general information are all available with the app. This can help visitors create their own experience that works best for them.
The going price for tickets is $28 for adults (13-61), $19 for those 5-12 and under, and $26 for anyone 62 and up. If a child is 4 or under they get in free. It is half price to see the Maker Faire Detroit for those who are members of the Henry Ford. The University of Michigan-Dearborn will be providing shuttles to the event from Fairlane campus at 19000 Hubbard Dr. in Dearborn. For more information, visit their website at www.makerfairedetroit.com or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/makerfairedetroit.