Call for entries: Hack the Museum at Maker Faire Detroit


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


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


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.

Tinker, hack, invent with The Henry Ford

This week’s Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday showcases… us! Teams from The Henry Ford will be on hand showcasing artifacts, hands-on projects, and more. Senior Conservator Clara Deck gives us a look at what to expect this weekend.

Recording on a wax cylinder at Maker Faire.

Recording on a wax cylinder at Maker Faire.

I can’t wait for our upcoming Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday here at Henry Ford Museum on May 25. It’s a rare opportunity for us to share some extremely nifty collections with you. We’ll be inviting you to interact with mechanical musical instruments and early film technology. And we won’t be swallowed up by all the other fun and wacky stuff that vies for your attention at the full-blown Maker Faire Detroit. Continue reading

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.