Natalie Broda| Crain’s Detroit Business

Calling all inventors, tinkerers, hackers, crafters and do-it-yourselfers — The Henry Ford in Dearborn wants you to show your creativity at the sixth annual Maker Faire Detroit.

“It’s kind of a science fair-meets art fair-meets robotics, and it’s very unique. We have a terrific display of people who make things, build things, tinker and hack. This is about making solutions,” said Wendy Metros, director of media and film relations for The Henry Ford.

The event will take place July 25-26 inside the museum and in the Lovett Hall lot behind the museum. Artists and makers of all types are invited to participate.

Photo by KMS Photography A juggler at Maker Faire Detroit at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.

Previous displays and exhibits have ranged from a giant robotic fire-breathing dragon and handmade bicycles to student projects, crafts and beyond. More than 400 makers participated in last year’s event, and thousands of people attended each day, according to Metros.

Makers will have a chance this year to be featured on an episode of “The Hacktiques Road Show” and “The Ben Heck Show,” hosted by console modder and Internet celebrity Ben Heck.

A new performance, Cirque Mechanics, has also been added. The acrobatic stage show will have a Cirque du Soleil feel while blending in mechanical aspects.

For more information and to apply for Maker Faire Detroit by June 1, visit

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