Maker Faire Returning To The Henry Ford

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Richard Carter of Houston works on his Sashimi Tabernacle Choir car at Maker Faire Detroit 2010 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. AP photo.

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The Dearborn stop of the 2010 Maker Faire tour was so successful that organizers are planning a second annual event this summer.

Organized by the staff of Make magazine, and, Maker Faire is a newfangled fair that brings together science, art, crafts and engineering, plus music, in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The aim is to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become makers.

This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers — anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. And anyone can join the fun and enter a project to exhibit.

The call to makers is open through June 1st, 2011.  More information and the application is at

The theme of this year’s event is “Creative Energy.” Exhibits that are interactive and that highlght the process of making things, as well as the following categories, are especially encouraged:

* Green Tech (Electric Vehicles, Alternative Energy)
* “Made In Michigan” Makers
* Student Projects and Class Exhibits
* Music Makers
* DIY Health and Science
* Activity Areas — Hands-on Make & Takes
* Sustainable Lifestyle Makers
* Rockets and Robots                                            
* Unusual Tools, Machines, Techniques
* Whimsical Technical Creations
* How To Take Apart And Fix Things — Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.
* 3D Printers and CNC Milling
* Textile Arts and Crafts
* Vintage Radios, Computers and Game Systems
* Puppets
* Kites
* Unusual Shelters

Also, you can now visit Maker Faire Detroit on Facebook,, and become a fan!

The event will be held July 30 and 31 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.

Makers whose entries are accepted will receive free admission to Maker Faire per the guidelines listed in the Maker Manual. The Maker Faire does not pay for transportation or accommodations.

If you have any questions about participating in Maker Faire, please email For more information about becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, email For information about volunteering at Maker Faire, email

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