Can’t wait to see what we’ve got in store across our stages this year? Head over to the schedule page. Make sure to check often as the schedule is subject to change. For the latest information, look for the 2013 Maker Faire Detroit app in the iTunes store.
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.
Tell 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
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.
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
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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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.
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
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
Photo via The Robot Garage Facebook page.
We’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