Call to Makers Extended

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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.

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.

Call to Makers now open!


Makers, get ready! The call to makers for Maker Faire Detroit 2013 is now open. Check out our Call to Makers page to learn more.

Tinker, Hack, and Invent with TechShop Detroit


What will you be doing during this week’s Tinker, Hack, Invent, Saturday?
TechShop Detroit Presents: ROBOTS AND ROCKETS! We’re picturing three levels of simultaneous engagement that should appeal to a broad sweep of ages and interests and each of slightly different participatory format.

Paper Rockets! Something for younger kids in a make, play and take format. We’ll have a station for kids to cut out, assemble and decorate soft paper rockets. We will add our CNC Vinyl cutter to the mix to create special graphics and reinforcing bands for the rockets. Once built, kids (and the young of heart!) can shoot their rocket from a compressed air launcher made from common plumbing parts along a fixed monofilament line that is attached to some point near the ceiling. In this way, we can send the rockets on dramatic indoor flights while controlling precisely where they fly. Each rocket will ride along that monofilament fishing line by hitching onto a section of plastic straw that slides up and down the line. Afterward, folks can take their rockets with. Tools used are paper tape and common scissors. Continue reading

Tinker, Hack, and Invent with Sarah Hodsdon

Sarah HodsdonWe’ve got another double offering of inventing and experimenting this weekend for our March Tinker, Hack, and Invent Saturday in Henry Ford Museum. Today we’re talking to Sarah Hodsdon, better known as Sarahndipitous online. Attendees of past Maker Faires will recognize Sarah as the friendly maker waist-deep in glorious craft supplies helping others tackle a variety of projects.

As you’ll see in this video, Sarah will be showing guests how to make their very own Victorian birdcage cards. As Spring has officially sprung on the calendars (but not so much in terms of weather), this card makes for a creative surprise for a loved one or family friend. Continue reading

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.

Tinker, hack, and invent with HYPE and Mt. Elliott Makerspaces

Detroit Public Library HYPE Makerspace

Photo Courtesy of the Detroit Public Library's HYPE Makerspace

Tomorrow we present the next installment in our Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturdays in Henry Ford Museum. This time Detroit Public Library’s HYPE (Helping Young People Excel) Makerspace and Mt. Elliott Makerspace will be on hand teaching visitors how to solder as well as providing hands-on projects. The joint partnership is no stranger to The Henry Ford. Both HYPE and Mt. Elliott have been involved in Maker Faire Detroit in the past.

We had a chance to ask HYPE Makerspace’s Steve Teeri a few questions about this weekend’s project. Continue reading