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

Tinker, hack, and invent with Nick Britsky

Brick Challenge Game Show

Nick Britsky is the host of Brick Challenge, a LEGO-themed trivia show that first debuted in 2012. The show was a hit with visitors to Maker Faire Detroit, so we brought Nick, and his alter ego “Nick Brickly,” back to The Henry Ford this month as part of LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition.

Make sure to check back to The Henry Ford’s blog for a preview on that month’s featured Tinker, Hack, Invent maker. Continue reading

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.


Great balls of fire at i3 Detroit: A Maker Minutes Feature

Ferndale-based hackerspace i3 Detroit will be back at Maker Faire Detroit with a tent full of making and hacking and – from what they told me – a plan to take top prize in the Power Racing Series. Here’s a look at one Maker from the space who is combining brainwaves and great balls of fire.

Check out some of i3 Detroit’s other projects, such as the Red Bull Creation, at i2detroit.com.

Brick Challenge Game Show: A Maker Minute Feature

So, you think you’ve got some mean Lego-building skill? You better bring that and more to the Brick Challenge Game Show in Anderson Theater at Maker Faire Detroit this weekend.

Maker Nick Britsky’s alter ego “Nick Brickly” hosts the fast-paced multi-challenge game show that tests contestants’ knowledge, skill and strategy as two teams face off in the first-ever game show centered on everyone’s favorite building block.

An avid Lego collector and one of the founding members of the i3 Detroit hacker space - Nick combines Legos with making and is bringing that fun and spirit with him to Maker Faire Detroit.

The double-dare style Brick Challenge is Saturday and Sunday, with shows starting at 11:30 a.m., 12:15 , 1:00 and 1:45 p.m. in  Henry Ford Museum’s Anderson Theater. Here’s a look at a promo for the show.

Ride on – Power Racing Series: A Maker Minute Feature

What’s a little friendly competition among Makers? Some crazy hacking fun!

With a limit of $500 spent on modifying a kid’s Power Wheels car – hacker spaces race for the championship in the 2012 Power Racing Series.

The innovative racing series makes engineering entertaining and approachable. The goal of the Power Racing Series is to advance technology education and encourage people to try something new. (And have a good time, too.)

The first of this year’s series was in Kansas City – and next is right here in at Maker Faire Detroit at The Henry Ford. Who will take home the cup?

Check out some more cool video from last year’s Maker Faire Detroit race, highlights from last month’s Kansas City contest and a clip about Power Racing Series and education.


Innovative designs in neckwear: A Maker Minute Feature

Maker Bethany Shorb found her inspiration to silkscreen her original designs on neckties by accident. A little apprensive to test a design on an expensive piece of fabric, she used a thrift store tie she had on hand. She liked the results, took a photo, posted it to Flickr.com – a few blogs picked it up, and soon people were clamoring to know how they could get one.

She built a website in a day, and Cyberoptix TieLab was born. A Boston native, for the past 11-years Bethany has called Detroit home. She works in a large east side studio, and with a little help in packing and order processing, she still personally silkscreens every tie she sells.

At Maker Faire Detroit, Bethany will bring an array of her artistic textiles to display and sell, and she’ll have a demonstration area to let visitors get their hands dirty and experience the process of silkscreening for themselves.

Last year, Make: Magazine gave a tour of her studio and the silkscreen process. Her ties have found their way around the necks of some pretty impressive wearers.