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April 13, 2010

The Call for Makers Is Now Open for Maker Faire Detroit 2010 at The Henry Ford: Call for Entries Open Through May 31, 2010

DEARBORN, MI--Attention all Makers, tinkers, inventors, and do-it-yourselfers, the call for entries is now open for Maker Faire Detroit 2010 at The Henry Ford. This unique event promises to bring Makers from all over the nation to The Henry Ford, July 31-August 1, 2010. This two-day, family-friendly event celebrates creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts. The hours for Maker Faire Detroit will be Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The first step to participating in Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells about yourself and your project -- a short description of what you make and what you will actually bring to Maker Faire. Entries can be submitted online by individuals or by groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools. In your entry, please link to photographs or videos of what you make. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

These are some suggested ideas for topics that would be great for Maker Faire -- student projects, robotics, music performance and participation, 3D printers and CNC mills, textile arts and crafts, home energy monitoring, rockets and R/C toys, sustainability, green tech, radios, vintage computers and game systems, electronics, electric vehicles, biology/biotech and chemistry projects, food and beverage makers, robotics, puppets, kites, bicycles, shelter (tents, domes, etc.), unusual tools or machines, how to fix things or take them apart (vacuums, clocks, washing machines, etc.)

Those wishing to participate should fill out an online entry form found on the Maker Faire website -- www.makerfaire.com/detroit/2010/callformakers. The closing date for all entries is May 31, 2010. Since space is limited we ask that submissions be entered by the due date! The notification of acceptance is June 1, 2010. In addition to adult Makers, there will also be an area exhibiting Young Makers. Maker Faire and The Henry Ford are excited to be engaging Makers of all ages around innovation, inspiration and education.

Created by the publishers of MAKE magazine and makezine.com, Maker Faire draws tech and DIY enthusiasts of all kinds. The event attracts families, school teachers, students, local science, hobby and tech clubs, as well as those who are drawn by a curiosity for the unorthodox and often whimsical MacGyver-like nature of Makers and their projects. Maker Faire will feature demonstrations and hands-on workshops over the two days. Visitors will enjoy arts and crafts, science and engineering, robotics, sustainable living, music and fine arts, fun for kids and families and more.

About Maker Faire:
Maker Faire is being held on May 22 & 23, 2010 at the San Mateo County Event Center. Started in San Mateo, California in 2006, and now expanding to Detroit and New York, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. Held annually in each of these locations, the event may expand elsewhere in the future. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE Magazine and O'Reilly Media, the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit www.makerfaire.com.

About The Henry Ford:
The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world's premier history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America's traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.6 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution's campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website www.thehenryford.org.

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