Maker Faire Detroit highlights

Maker Faire Detroit highlights

The countdown is on to Maker Faire Detroit. 19 days and counting. A new Faire mailing went out today. You can see it here. Advance tickets are still available at discounted prices through midnight (ET) on 7/15. See the ticket ordering page for details.

Here are some of the Faire highlights:

Maker Faire Detroit is a great gathering of makers from all over the Midwest. Bringing a mix of unique talent and wonder, blending fan favorites like the Life-Size Mousetrap with new makers like Matthew Switlik from i3 Detroit and his Arduino Powered Skeeball Machine, Electric Motorscooters from Erik Kauppi, and Rick Chownyk with his Jumbo Etch-a-Sketch.

Of course, there will be rockets and robots, DIY science, hands-on play areas, and activities for all ages. Crafting with TNNA, and the creative craft folks from Handmade Detroit. Don’t miss new cool tools, such as the Limitless Plotter by Nicholas Reed from the University of Kansas, or the Solor Vox by Eric Strebel in the Michigan Made space of Maker Faire Detroit.

Attractions abound: will be there with their Coke Zero and Mentos Fountains shows, as will the Cyclecide bike rodeo and human powered carnival, both Maker Faire favorites not to be missed! Deus Ex Machina, a large scale swing that is set with a computer controlled interactive water plane is a must-see.

The Life-Size Mouse Trap will also be in Detroit. Life-Size Mousetrap is the classic tabletop board game turned into a life-size spectacle! A colorful assemblage of kinetic sculptures fantastically handcrafted into a giant 25 ton Rube Goldberg machine!

We are in the Detroit, and in the spirit of Motor City, Maker Faire Detroit will have a host of hands-on car activities. Check out the Hack A Race Track for lots of fun, like Power Racing and more. Or the MINI-Z Motor Race area. Plus art cars and so much more! Vroom Vroom!!

This is just a sampling of some of the makers and activities you’ll see at Maker Faire Detroit.

Get out of your garage. Come out here to meet all those makers that Hail from the great state of Michigan.

See you in Detroit!

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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