Do you like science? How about technology? OK what about giant metal fighting robots??? Well then I think you should check out the Maker Faire! So in case you don’t know, the Maker Faire is a festival-like event that is held in various cities around the world that celebrates all things “home made”. From cutting edge science & computers to crazy gadgets, vehicles, and yes even Storm Troopers. The Maker Faire is a feast for the senses.
This was my third year attending the Maker Faire Detroit, which is held at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. It is, by far, my favorite event of the summer and is great fun for the whole family! This year, not only did I take plenty of photos… but I shot some video as well and put together a short little vlog about it… check it out…
Now if you watched the video I know what you’re thinking…. “tell me about the giant robot!” Yes we will get to that, but there was plenty else to see believe me.
The inside portion of the Maker Faire had booths spread around the entire Henry Ford Museum. There were plenty of hands-on activities designed to get kids interested in science and technology. Everything from showing off the latest VR breakthroughs to craft projects. There were plenty of vendors as well showing off their products with an exceptionally high volume of 3D printing companies.
The vendors were all very friendly and happy to tell you about their product. I am tempted to buy a 3d printer but as of yet it would still be just a very expensive toy for me… printing out little plastic robots and stuff lol. I’d be better off just buying an actual robot like the ones we saw at the show.
Of course the 501st Legion was on hand with plenty of costumed Star Wars characters roaming the event. They are makers after all and craft all of their costumes to very exact specifications. I would love to one say become a member or ya know …just have some Storm Trooper armor of my own but I’m pretty sure my “better half” wouldn’t agree with my investment lol.
Outside there was plenty to see and do like drag racing with power tools, riding on some crazy bikes, or watching Hot Wheel cars on a giant 2 story loop track. Safety waivers must be signed before being allowed to participate but getting one is a quick and easy process with several stations throughout the area.
You could also find crazy vehicles of all shapes and sizes whizzing around… although some of the larger ones such as this Snowspeeder had to stay put due to the large crowds in attendance.
…and yes there was even a giant fighting mech! Maybe you haven’t heard, but the US has challenged Japan to the fist ever giant robot duel! The Megabots Mark II was on hand at the Maker Faire giving demonstrations of it’s amazing power throughout the day. I’ve read about it on the internet but it was truly a dream come true to see it in person!
I also would like to point out that the Henry Ford is home to a large amount of Pokestops and the Pokemon catching was very good while we were there. However, as hard as I tried I just couldn’t catch this giant Pikachu and unfortunately depleted all of my Pokeballs in the attempt lol.
…So now, at least for Detroit, the Maker Faire is over. I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of all of the awesome things to see and do. If anything I have described to you has piqued your interest… I highly recommend check it out for yourself. You can lean more and see when a Maker Fair is being held in your neck of the woods by checking out their website. I know I will definitely be back next year and, of course, the years to follow!
I received media passes to attend the Maker Faire, however I was not required to write anything it it’s behalf. All opinions are my own.