The joy of mechanical contraptions – A Maker Minute Feature

Take a look at some of the items that during Maker Faire Detroit will be brought to the floor of the museum from the collections at The Henry Ford. Below, senior conservator Clara Deck explains the workings of a spectacular musical mechanical contraption: The Violano Virtuouso – built in 1927.

New items added to schedule

More Mentos and Coke fun this year with the EepyBird Coke Zero and Mentos Spectacular at 5 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. (Check out the power of Mentos in this shot is from last year's Mentos and Coke racing.)

Check out the updated schedule page when planning your day at Maker Faire Detroit. The page will be updated as more items are added.

Keep in mind, this schedule may be subject to change. 

Fly like a Towel? A Maker Minute Feature

The team at Brooklyn Aerodrome is all about getting folks making and flying. They are makers of a DIY R/C aircraft dubbed the “Towel.” An adventure that started as an art project gone bad has led them to the cover of this month’s issue of Make: magazine.

Breck Baldwin and designer and artist-in-residence Karen King pilot the program that exhibits at Maker Faires and goes out schools, businesses, camps and more. They also hold classes right in their studio in Brooklyn, New York. They take Makers flying in the park early in the morning or later in the evening. Their website and blog link to some very cool video, including aerial shots.

Breck explained, “It’s all about getting you flying airplanes that you build from pieces of junk.” Items like recycled signs, old coat hangers and cloth, etc., are some of the things he mentioned. There’s about $100 of electronics gear needed (if you buy it yourself). He said you can build it in an afternoon or two and then go fly it. He added makers will be able to “crash it a bunch, repair it, and go fly it some more.”

Brooklyn Aerodrome is one of the 400 Makers who will be at Maker Faire Detroit, July 28-29, at The Henry Ford.


Want a FREE ticket to Maker Faire Detroit? Volunteer!

As the Midwest’s largest DIY festival, the two-day, family-friendly Maker Faire Detroit has something for everyone – a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker mindset.

And we’ll let you in on a little secret…there’s a way to attend this fantastic event, absolutely free – by volunteering!

There are lots of great reasons to volunteer at Maker Faire Detroit, but perhaps the best reason is that volunteers have a fabulous time!  Here are some of the comments from our volunteers from the past two Faires:

 “Everyone that I worked with was interesting.”

 “I loved working the Faire and meeting the maker/crafters.”

 “I had a great time.”

 “I enjoyed this unique volunteer event and look forward to next year.”

 “I was one of this year’s Maker Faire volunteers.  I was only able to work one shift, but I had so much fun.  The Faire itself was nothing short of amazing!”

Other great reasons to volunteer for Maker Faire Detroit 2012 include:

  • Choose the time and the position you fill while volunteering.
  • Receive a FREE exclusive Maker Faire Detroit crew T-shirt to wear during your shift.
  • Receive a FREE one-day ticket to Maker Faire for each 4-5 hour shift you work (a $27 value).
  • Be part of inspiring thousands of guests!

Volunteers must be 18 years old or older and must attend an orientation meeting on the evening of Wednesday, July 25 or Thursday, July 26.

To sign up as a volunteer, just email Meg Anderson at!

If you are a previous Maker Faire Detroit volunteer, tell us all about it in the comments or on our Facebook page! What did you enjoy most?

Get Ready For Maker Faire Detroit 2012!

Robotics, electronics, rockets, food and fashion finds. If it’s made, it’s displayed  at Maker Faire Detroit. The most happening event in Detroit, don’t miss this  two-day, interactive and family-friendly event that takes arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset to the next level. It’s a celebration of unbridled creativity and discovery that will blow your mind. Only at the home of innovation, The Henry Ford, July 28th and 29th.

Please check back soon for updates on this exciting event!