Makers Will Converge on The Henry Ford for Maker Faire Detroit 2011, July 30-31

On July 30 and 31, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan will be the place to visit when Maker Faire Detroit returns to Henry Ford Museum for two days of unconventional imagination and stunning ingenuity.

More than 300 makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to Maker Faire Detroit, offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds. And don't forget the wheelchair-powered cupcake.

This year, 80 percent of the makers are new to Maker Faire Detroit. First-time Michigan makers include Phillip McRoberts from Macomb and his Robbie the Robot, a roving 5-foot-tall webcam robot that streams video and audio; the Green Girl Scouts from Birmingham who turn trash into treasure like neckties into sunglasses, old magazines into gift bows and old belts into bracelets; Detroit artists Kristine Diven and Micho Detronik of District VII and their Mannequin Forest, an artificial forest of mannequins, circuitry and interaction; i3Detroit's John Sugg and his Atari 2600-turned-synthesizer keyboard; and Rick Erickson of Niles and his Michiana Shanty 2, a folding portable shelter for extreme cold conditions and more.

It wouldn't be Maker Faire without some Faire favorites: The LifeSize Mousetrap, the Coke and Mentos guys, the i3Detroit Hackerspace booth, Handmade Detroit, and the make-and-take Marshmallow Shooters. And don't forget about the food -- along with the selection from The Henry Ford's award-winning culinary team, ticketholders can visit the booths of Sweet Sass Foods from Livonia, Doodle's Sugarbush from Blanchard, Genesis Tea from Detroit, Naturally Nutty Foods from Traverse City, Treat Dreams from Ferndale and more.

Ticket prices at $28 for adults (13-61), $19 for youth (5-12), and $26 for seniors (62+) can be purchased now. Children 4 and under are free. Prices for a two-day pass are $48 for adults, $33 for youth, and $45 for seniors. Members of The Henry Ford receive free admission to Henry Ford Museum and can purchase Maker Faire tickets at a discounted price. For more information, please call 313-982-6001 or visit

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