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Meet the Maker: Mark Deseck

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Leading up to Maker Faire Detroit 2013 we’ll be showcasing a few of our makers you’ll see in Henry Ford Museum and out in the midway. Today we’ll kick it off with Mark Deseck and his Powered Paraglider Simulator.

paraglider2Tell us a little bit about yourself and the Powered Paraglider Simulator
My name is Mark Deseck, and I live in Saline, Mich., with my wife, Geneva, and son, Trevor. I work as a project planner in the defense industry, and I have a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering.
One of my passions is flying a powered paraglider (more commonly referred to as PPG). I’ve been flying them for nearly 15 years and have over 1,500 flights in my flight log. It’s one of the most fun, economical, portable, and safe methods to fly. Launches are accomplished by foot-launching the glider or with a wheeled trike. The paraglider wing is very maneuverable and generally flies at a speed of around 25 mph. Continue reading

Nerd Nite Detroit – Maker Faire Detroit Edition

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Makers and the Maker Faire Detroit team are busy getting ready for the big show in two weeks, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stop to have some fun before the gates open! Join the Maker Faire Detroit team and Nerd Nite Detroit for a “hacknologic” night of making and fun July 25 at Tangent Gallery in Detroit from 6-10 p.m. What can you expect? Here’s what Nerd Nite Detroit has to say:

Maker Faire is coming to The Henry Ford, but the Nerds at Nerd Nite have a chance to start the Making early. Join us July 25th for a special Nerd Nite 313 + Maker Faire mashup. See world famous death defying makers Ted Hansen, John Ackley, and Will Brick tinker/hack/invent/make/talk on the Nerd Nite stage, with special Maker Faire fun going down in the mezzanine. Avoid certain doom while thrilling to the spectacle of the knife fighting robot automatons! Enjoy tasty dinner and treats from our friends at Sidecar! Find us at the Tangent Gallery for a hacktackular Nerd Nite 313 in July.

To learn more about the event and register, click here. Make sure to like Nerd Nite Detroit on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest events and news.

The countdown is on to Maker Faire Detroit 2013

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I looked at my calendar and gasped this morning – Maker Faire Detroit 2013 is just 12 days away! Thanks to events like Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturdays at Henry Ford Museum this year, we’ve always got Maker Faire on the brain. But now we’ve REALLY got it on the brain with just a few days remaining until showtime. Continue reading

Maker Faire Meetup at Midsummer Market Saturday

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Join us this Saturday, July 13, in Detroit for a pre-Maker Faire meetup at The Metro Times and Detroit Mercantile Co.’s Midsummer Market! Join us from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a meetup with DIY author Eleanor Whitney. Eleanor is stopping in Detroit as part of her midwest book tour this month as she promotes Grow: How to Take Your Do It Yourself Project and Passion to the Next Level and Quit Your Job. The book is a “a practical field guide for creative people with great ideas for independent projects that shows the way to success and sustainability on your own terms.”

You can learn more about the event by RSVP-ing on Facebook. To see what Crain’s Detroit has to say about the event this weekend, take a look here.

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Call for entries: Hack the Museum at Maker Faire Detroit

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It’s not too often that we invite guests to hack Henry Ford Museum. But at Maker Faire Detroit this year, you’ve now got a chance to do so!

During the weekend of July 27-28, we’ll be hosting a hackathon in the museum with our partners at Compuware. We’re looking for up to 25 teams of four people to try and solve a challenge, issued right before the faire begins, based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of concept
  • Overall application design
  • Overall quality/experience
  • Incorporation of The Henry Ford digital assets
  • Incorporation of other external sources – APIs, content, etc.
  • Crowd-source Challenge (to be explained in the challenge packet)

What’s up for grabs for winning the challenge? Along with receiving the notoriety and recognition of winning Maker Faire Detroit’s first hackathon, prize packages will be awarded to the top three teams:

  • Family Flex + Rides Annual Member Pass ($305 value)
  • annual subscription to MAKE Magazine ($35)
  • winners will be featured in THF OnMaking

Think you can hack it? Apply here.

Tinker, hack, and invent with Cyber Young

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Rounding out our lineup today for Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday is Cyber Young. Cyber was designed and created by several FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Techology) high school robotics teams. Look familiar? He threw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game last August AND he’ll be returning to hurl a pitch on Tuesday, July 9, at Comerica Park. Let’s learn more about Cyber Young. Continue reading

Tinker, hack, and invent with our Maker Corps

Are you ready to make an Artbot this weekend at Henry Ford Museum?

Are you ready to make an Artbot this weekend at Henry Ford Museum?

The Maker Corps members at The Henry Ford are individuals that have been working with our Education Department to help inspire young innovators all summer long through our Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturdays and Maker Faire Detroit. We’re excited to have their work and ideas front and center this weekend as part of Saturday’s programming.

Get to know Maker Corp member Mary Foulke, a third-grade teacher from Bailey School in Hillsdale, Mich., and a Henry Ford Teacher Fellow. Mary’s passion is in history and making and is combining those two interests at The Henry Ford all summer. She’s been doing a lot of research on the history of textiles, fibers, and crafts to the present and how that fits in here at The Henry Ford. Continue reading

Tinker, hack, and invent with The Robot Garage

Photo via The Robot Garage Facebook page.

Photo via The Robot Garage Facebook page.

robotgaragelogoWe’ve got a lot going on this weekend for our June installment of Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday! Joining our makers in just a few days is The Robot Garage, a year-round facility for LEGO and robotics enthusiasts in Birmingham. The Robot Garage offers classes, camps, scouting programs, field trips, birthday parties, drop-in builds and their own shop.

We asked The Robot Garage’s Sarah Jacobs a few questions about this weekend’s program. Continue reading

Volunteering at Maker Faire Detroit is awesome

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To my oldest: “Why should someone volunteer at the Detroit Maker Faire?”
The oldest: “Because it’s awesome and cool!”

It’s simple.

The Detroit Maker Faire is AWESOME.

Have you walked around the Maker Faire and thought about what goes into making the event spectacular?

You see all of the makers, their gadgets and things, set up throughout the grounds of and in the Henry Ford Museum.

There’s Eepy Bird and the full-size mousetrap game. How about building a model rocket or helping people learn how to pick locks?

None of this awesomeoness takes place without volunteers.

Volunteering at the Detroit Maker Faire gives you the opportunity to be a part of one of the coolest events this summer in the Detroit area.

mfd-volunteer-2You get to see the Faire from a different perspective, from behind the scenes. You help it all come together by assisting makers and the staff at The Henry Ford.

There are opportunities to help set-up the Faire, during the Faire and packing it all up after the Faire.

Volunteering is also a great way to learn more about hobbies or activities you have seen at the Faire but may never had seen yourself trying.

Volunteering brings people from all walks of life together. No matter your personality, interests, or background, you’re bound to connect with another person like yourself. There is no telling who you may meet or work with. I think this is one of the most exciting aspects to volunteering.

Did I mention the perks? The awesome volunteer T-shirts are always cool. You will also receive a free Faire ticket for one person for each shift of volunteering.

If you have never volunteered, switch things up a bit and help make a difference in our community.

The Detroit Maker Faire is coming! Six weeks to awesome!

You can check out The Henry Ford spreading the volunteer word the next two weeks at:

Volunteers receive a free T-shirt and for every five-hour shift they receive a free one-day ticket to Maker Faire Detroit. For information about volunteering for Maker Faire Detroit, email us at allstaff [at] thehenryford [dot] org.

Chris Poterala is a long-time Maker Faire Detroit volunteer and all-around awesome guy. We can’t wait to put him to work next month.