Detroit put the world on wheels more than a century ago so it seems only logical that today’s inventors want what they make to shake the world as well. They can as the mechanical might of the mind spreads out at The Henry Ford again this year when Maker Faire Detroit returns July 25-26.
Once again there will be new projects and new displays open to the public from those who innovate everything from robotics and electronics to food and fashion. In addition, more than 70 new makers will debut their inventions.
Those with nostalgic memories of Hot Wheels may find interest in the three-story Hot Wheels ramp created by local engineer Matt West and His son Blade. They are attempting to capture the record as the world’s largest Hot Wheels ramp.
A 50-ft. motion simulator rocket named Astroliner and the musical Les Paul Sound Experience will also be waiting for visitors. You can get inside the rocket and the 53-foot state-of-the-art mobile Les Paul Sound Experience offers hands-on interactions and celebrates the iconic guitar brand.
You may also notice a circus-like atmosphere as you travel around and take in the sights, partially because that’s where Cirque Mechanics drew its inspiration. Its unique approach to performance inspires storytelling and innovative mechanical staging through acrobatics and a bit of clowning around.
The lo-tech angle even has new representation through handmade arts and crafts by Handmade Toledo.
CBS’s Emmy-winning The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation will have such crowd favorites as Liter of Light, Medical MacGyver, PancakeBot, Solar Roadways and Soloshot, ready to be seen by their fans.
Another big name in attendance will be Ben Heck, host of the Ben Heck Show. He will host a special display and will speak with makers for an episode of his show. Check out this video of his show.
Mark Montano, an author and craft king, is another special guest. Montano will join in a hands-on demonstration with the Great Lakes Bead Worker’s Guild.
Dara Dotz, a humanitarian and designer, will show up to present her unique use of Field Ready, a 3D printing program focusing in on on-demand manufacturing in post-Disaster Zones.
Click here for a list of makers.
Lovett Hall, directly behind The Henry Ford, will be the new location of the outdoor midway. This change from the previous years’ parking lot will be more convenient for those who want to enjoy this event or visit The Henry Ford.
A shuttle service sponsored by the University of Michigan-Dearborn also will be available at its Fairlane campus located at 1900 Hubbard Dr. in Dearborn.
If you want a more in-depth experience check out the free Maker Faire Detroit app from Apple App or Google Play stores. It includes a map, maker descriptions, general faire info, and The Henry Ford’s updates. You can use it to plan how to spend your time to get the best possible personal experience.
Ticket prices for Maker Faire Detroit are $28 for adults (ages 13-61), $19 for youth (ages 5-12), and $26 for seniors (age 62+) and can be purchased now. Children 4 and under are free. Members of The Henry Ford receive 50 percent off admission.
For more information visit www.makerfairedetroit.com or check out the Facebook page. Maker Faire Detroit is independently produced by The Henry Ford in collaboration with Maker Media. It is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, Pure Michigan and Shell.