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Students get Maker Faire Detroit preview at Henry Ford

Detroit News staff and wire reports

Dearborn — Hundreds of Detroit youth participating in the Summer in the City program got a sneak peak Friday at this weekend’s Maker Faire Detroit festival at the Henry Ford.

The sixth annual event celebrating arts, crafts, engineering and technology runs from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s event features a new location for the outdoor midway, new projects and more than 70 participants making their debuts.

A three-story Hot Wheels ramp created by engineer Matt West and his son is being displayed. Visitors also will be able to get inside a 50-foot motion simulator rocket. And the Cirque Mechanics will bring together storytelling and acrobatics for performances.

During Friday’s preview, students in grades K-5 enjoyed those displays, plus a workshop where they could make musical instruments from household items and an interactive exhibit spotlighting the musical and technical innovations created by famed guitarist and inventor Les Paul.

Friday’s VIP Maker Faire experience was supported by a Comerica Charitable Foundation grant.