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Sunday, 28 July, 2013 10:11 PM

4th Annual Maker Faire Detroit wraps up at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Go karts at the 4th Annual Maker Faire Detroit on July 27, 2013.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- Tinker. Hack. Invent. Make. was the theme. The Henry Ford was the place to be for the 2013 Maker Faire Detroit held on July 27 and 28. There were so many things to do and participate in. It was my second year attending the event.

It featured two days of ingenuity and creativity with over 400 makers who brought their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this festival. The Maker Faire offered everything from robots, flame shooters, animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures. A mega-sized Mousetrap game and a huge Operation game were also featured. The fire-breathing art car dragon was a sight to see. I couldn't believe it.

I like the idea that you can actually make things while you're there. I made a sachet, which is a closet air freshener. It can be used in your drawers or hang it on a hanger in your closet.

The outdoor midway offered the Maker Place where visitors could purchase DIY kits, demonstrations of threshing machines, arts and sciences displays, crafts faire, power racing and all kinds of robotics.

The weather was fair for most of the weekend. It started raining at around 3 p.m. on Saturday. Then, most of the people headed inside the Henry Ford Museum. The indoors offered balloonists, woodworking displays, more robotics and a needle arts zone.

I also enjoyed the new exhibit on making of the World's Fairs of the 1930's. It featured the cities of Chicago (1933–34); San Diego (1935-36); Dallas (1936); Cleveland (1936-37); San Francisco (1939-40); and New York (1939-40).

In the exhibit, I watched a TV commercial that compared a new dishwasher with doing dishes by hand. One woman in the advertisement said, "Can you imagine? This lady reading a paper while her dishes are being dried." I was so surprised. Nowadays we take it for granted that every house has a dishwasher. This exhibit is a must-see. It runs through Monday, Sept. 2.

By the time I was done looking at the exhibits inside, I walked back outside and it was sunny and beautiful. All of the rain had dried up fast. I can't wait to go to Maker Faire again next year.

Upcoming Maker Faires include the Rhose Island Mini Maker Faire on Aug. 10, Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire on Aug. 10, the OC Mini Maker Faire (Irvine, Calif.) on Aug. 17, Burlington Mini Maker Faire (N.C.) on Aug. 17, Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire on Aug. 18, Dover Mini Maker Faire (N.H.) on Aug. 24 and the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire (N.M.) on Aug. 24 and 25.

For more information or to purchase tickets to these upcoming Maker Faires, visit www.makerfaire.com.

Related Stories: The 2012 Maker Faire Detroit makes both free throws for innovation; 2nd Annual Maker Faire wraps up at The Henry Ford in Dearborn; A New Cast of Makers Will Converge on The Henry Ford for Maker Faire Detroit 2011, July 30 - 31; The 2010 Maker Faire wraps up at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn

 

 

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Maker Shed--a tent full of DIY kits

 

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Electronic kits for purchase

 

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More items for sale

 

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Homemade dinosaur

 

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Here he comes around the curve...

 

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