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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

Volunteering at Maker Faire Detroit is awesome


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.

Call to Makers Closed

Thank you to everyone for applying to Maker Faire Detroit 2013!

Call to Makers Extended

#MEDIA-3468_MakerFaireButtons 2013 (FINAL)

Thanks to all the Makers who have submitted their applications early – our team is going through them now and we are accepting on a rolling basis (if you’ve applied as a commercial crafter, those spots will be jury selected following the cut-off date). For those who need additional time, we have extended the Call for Makers one week until June 14.

Makers apply here for Maker Faire Detroit 2013.

Maker Faire Detroit 2013 Tickets Now Available for Purchase

It’s that time again! Tickets are now on sale for Maker Faire Detroit 2013. Check out our Attend page for prices and The Henry Ford’s website to pick up your tickets now.

Tinker, Hack, Invent with University of Detroit Mercy


For April’s installment of Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday, we’ve got another duo taking up shop inside Henry Ford Museum. Our friends from TechShop Detroit are back again building and launching rockets for all to enjoy. New to our Saturday programming is University of Detroit Mercy‘s engineering department. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineery Darrell Kleinke spent some time with us chatting about this weekend’s program and what you and your family can look forward to.

Read the full article over on The Henry Ford’s blog.

Culture Lab Detroit’s Evening of Conversation and Collaboration


Join area innovators in learning more about Detroit’s surge of creativity and ideas on Thursday, April 18, at the College for Creative Studies for an evening of conversation and collaboration with David Stark. David is a world-renowned event designer, author, and installation artist. Joining David that evening will be Mark Binelli, Michael Rush, Toni Griffin, and Daniel Caudill. You can learn more about the event, hosted by Culture Lab Detroit, here.

Maker Corps at The Henry Ford

Each summer, The Henry Ford inspires thousands of children and youth guests. This summer, we are proud to announce an opportunity for those interested in being pioneers in education and leadership to spend their summer helping us inspire future innovators. Avid makers who work well with others and like to share what they know can join The Henry Ford in spreading creativity and ingenuity through innovative, hands-on learning.

The Maker Education Initiative is recruiting Maker Corps members to serve as near-peer mentors and role models for young makers. And they’ve chosen The Henry Ford as one of their host sites! Two Maker Corps members will be selected and trained to work at The Henry Ford, approximately 20-40 hours/wk., for the summer of 2013.

The Maker Corps members at The Henry Ford will be working with the Education Department to help inspire young innovators all summer long through our Tinker Hack Invent Saturdays and Maker Faire Detroit.

If you are or know a young adult “maker” (at least 18 years old by April 1, 2013) interested in resume-building, learning new skills, and becoming part of a national network of makers, then apply here. The application deadline is approaching quickly, so be sure to apply by midnight on March 1!

If you have any additional questions, please contact Christopher Hemler, Curator of Education – Youth, Adult, and Family Programs by emailing him at christopherh [@] thehenryford [dot] org or by calling him at 313-982-6036.

Looking Ahead: Maker Faire Detroit 2013

Thank you so much for another wonderful Maker Faire Detroit last summer! Whether you were a returning maker, a brand-new maker, a guest or a hard-working volunteer, your enthusiasm helped make this our most successful Maker Faire Detroit to date.

Since we first presented Maker Faire Detroit in 2010, more than 65,000 visitors have watched, explored, and tinkered with some of the region’s most innovative ideas. It’s always so inspiring to see both inside and outside of Henry Ford Museum turn into a playground for amazing ideas at the end of every July.

Some important dates of note coming up:

Call to Makers: April 1
Tickets on Sale: May 8
Maker Faire Detroit 2013: July 27-28

Our team is busy putting the 2013 plan together for Maker Faire Detroit. We welcome your ideas and suggestions – please send them to us at makerfairedetroit [at] thehenryford [dot] org.

If you’d like to participate in next year’s Maker Faire Detroit, make sure to check back here for updated information. You can also like us on Facebook to receive the latest event news and meet other area makers and fans.

The countdown is on – almost six months until Maker Faire Detroit 2013!

Download the Maker Faire Detroit App

Go to iTunes or Google Play for Compuware’s official Maker Faire Detroit App. It’s free, has a schedule, a map and one very cool and fun augmented reality maker puzzle quest. Learn more about it on the Maker Minutes Feature.