What should you expect to see at the 1st Annual Maker Faire Detroit?

Patricia Mooradian, President of The Henry Ford lets us know exactly what to expect from the first annual Maker Faire Detroit  this summer.

A cupcake on wheels; Fire sculptures; Handmade hats; Robots playing soccer.

What do all of these things have in common?

On July 31 and August 1, you’ll find them all together in one place when Maker Faire Detroit takes over The Henry Ford, with more than 260 unique and wonderful creations  like the ones mentioned above on display at the home of innovation.

lifesize Mousetrap game

Created by the publishers of MAKE magazine and makezine.com, the original Maker Faire in California’s Bay Area draws tens of thousands of families, teachers, students, hobby and science clubs, as well as tech and do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts each year to see what’s new and what’s next.

So just what is Maker Faire? Think science fair meets craft fair meets farmers market – from handmade crafts to technological inventions to local products and food, this is a hands-on, fun family-friendly event that celebrates the creativity and resourcefulness of everyday people, many from right here in the great state of Michigan.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how something is made – or even taken something apart just to see how it ticks – you will love this event. It’s a tinkerer’s paradise, with just about every incredible invention and design you can imagine. We think it’s a pretty perfect fit for The Henry Ford: future creators, surrounded by the great inventors of the past.

But it’s not just displays and demonstrations; there are plenty of opportunities for you to roll up your sleeves and become a Maker yourself.

Have you ever wanted to make a model rocket? You’ll learn how, and then set it off on the front lawn of Henry Ford Museum.

You can learn how to turn scrap materials into something entirely new, like cereal box pencil boxes and personalized wine cork key chains, create simple machines using recycled industrial scraps, or learn how to knit or crochet a section of a scarf added to by thousands of other visitors to Maker Faire Detroit.

electric muffins at Maker Faire

What’s more, Maker Faire Detroit is two days of showing the world Michigan’s creative core. We’ll have a Michigan Made tent to highlight some of the amazing ideas that are coming from our neighbors all across the state, and Michigan’s growers and producers will highlight the bounty of delicious treats we enjoy year-round in the Local Roots section of the event. Now, more than ever, it’s a great time to live in Michigan, and this event will be an important way to showcase the many varied talents of our great state.

I hope to see you at Maker Faire Detroit!

As president of The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, Patricia Mooradian oversees the development and implementation of every aspect of the institution’s business operations and strategic positioning with emphasis on attendance and revenue growth. Committed to driving economic development through cultural heritage and tourism, Mooradian maintains the historical integrity of the institution while focusing on the progression of the business through strategic alliances, a strong community presence, and ongoing funding initiatives.