DEARBORN (WWJ) – The Henry Ford is celebrating its fifth year of hosting “Maker Faire Detroit” by showcasing more than 100 new tinkerers, hackers and inventors on July 26-27.

New this year, guests can expect to take part in the Official Nerdy Derby, see live demonstrations from Pewabic Pottery’s Education Studio, hear live performances by Detroit’s Dear Darkness and even have a chance to build their own model truck with Construct a Truck USA. With more than 400 makers, this two-day festival has a little bit of everything for the whole family to enjoy.

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Participants making their debut this year or returning with a new project include Ali Kermani, creator of the Razor Crazy Cart; America’s Got Talent contestant and Michigan-native The Sprice Effect, displaying his complex Rube Goldberg machine; the first all-female makerspace, the Hacker Gals of Kalamazoo; Inventables,. presenting the Shapeoko 3D Carving Machine; and returning Ann Arbor makerspace Maker Works, who will be bringing the Official Nerdy Derby to Maker Faire Detroit for the first time.

Maker Faire Detroit favorites returning for 2014 include The LifeSize Mousetrap, handmade arts and crafts faire presented by DIYpsi, EepyBird with Coke and Mentos, and making their first appearance since year two, Detroit’s Theatre Bizarre.

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Moog synthesizer, The Henry Ford will be hosting “Close Encounters of the Synth Kind,” a special presentation during the Faire that brings together the pioneers, experts and Makers involved with the ongoing legacy of synthesizers and experimental electronics.

During the weekend, Herbert Deutsch, close collaborator on the first Moog synthesizer, author Dave Tompkins and UK-based artist-designer Paul Elliman will give multimedia lectures and performances complimented by a group of modern-day Makers who will demonstrate their own analog synthesizers and circuit bent/hacked musical instruments. Henry Ford Museum will also display the 1964 Moog synthesizer, considered to be the first complete prototype Moog.

Ticket prices for Maker Faire Detroit are $28 for adults (13-61), $19.00 for youth (5-12), and $26 for seniors (62+). Children 4 and under are free. Members of The Henry Ford receive 50 percent off admission to Maker Faire Detroit.

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