The ninth annual Maker Faire Detroit, a festival that will feature Tesla Coils, robots, rockets, virtual reality, 3-D printing, handmade crafts, life-size sculptures, hands-on activities, and demonstrations, will return July 28-29 to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
The festival is the largest two-day festival in the Midwest dedicated to ingenuity, creativity, and forward thinking. It is sponsored by GE Digital for the second year.
“The rich, shared history between GE’s founder and The Henry Ford makes our partnership a natural fit, and we are incredibly proud to present Maker Faire Detroit for the second consecutive year,” says Mike DeBoer, vice president and executive leader of GE’s Digital Hub Detroit. “With hundreds of the world’s best digital technology professionals based at our Digital Hub in Wayne County, we look forward to showing the metro Detroit community the way we make as we help bring this year’s Maker Faire to life.”
New this year, guests can learn how Guinness World Record Holder “DrURAwesome” has mastered the art of the bubble; meet filmmaker Zach Weddington, whose recent documentary on the Commodore Amiga computer will be shown in the Giant Screen Experience; create modular synthesizers; and listen to a performance by the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings as they play historic instruments from the University of Michigan’s Stearns Collection. Items from the Henry Ford collection will also be on display.
Returning fan favorites include Heavy Meta, a 30-foot fire-breathing dragon made from a General Motors bus; the Tesla Coil Quartet, which will play music using 3-foot bolts of artificial lightning; and Camp Pencil Point, a workshop teaching the basics of drawing. Accelerate4KIDS will bring back its annual Youth Hackathon for hackers in grades 3-8 to design games and apps. Handmade Toledo will present the handmade arts and crafts portion.
Tickets are available here and are $28 for adults, $19 for youth, and $26 for seniors. Children 4 and under are free.