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Sunday, 5 August, 2012 8:33 PM

The 2012 Maker Faire Detroit makes both free throws for innovation

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The 2012 Maker Faire Detroit featured a Life-Size Mouse Trap in Dearborn, Mich.

 

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

 

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- Inside and outside the Henry Ford this Sunday, admitted members and visitors gathered to view special exhibitions of crafts and technological innovation that was part of the 2012 Maker Faire Detroit, but this year had a shoot-around theme that turned out to be the highlight.

Beyond the Titanic exhibit crowds, musical instrument innovations, Power Wheel Drag Racing, and Life Size Mousetrap, it seemed as though a trek through the museum was comprised of features that didn't go beyond hand-made crafts and souvenirs for sale.

But that was before reaching the historical locomotion section of the museum, which hosted the arguable highlight of the Faire once again: robotics. This year, the said creations were involved in a new competition format that centered around a local theme: "Dee-troiit Bas-ket-ball!"

Along the train line, tables representing different schools in the region showed off the throwing and accuracy capabilities of their bots by creating them as catapults that are movable and adjustable. Among the schools represented were Henry Ford Academy, Chelsea High School, and the Notre Dame Preparatory.

Suddenly, it seemed as though the bots were popping up everywhere.

Making the trek around the grounds was a mohawked Pac Man complete with sound effects, while a precise replica of R2-D2 was fully operational enough for kids to have their photos taken with.

For more information about Maker Faire Detroit, visit www.makerfairedetroit.com.

Related Story: 2nd Annual Maker Faire wraps up at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

 

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Mind Flame gave attendees the opportunity to feel like a superhero!

 

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A mohawked Pac Man complete with sound effects

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A precise replica of R2-D2 from Star Wars

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Power Wheel drag racing track

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Garbage Band musical instrument

 

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