Tinker, Hack, Invent with University of Detroit Mercy

For April’s installment of Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday, we’ve got another duo taking up shop inside Henry Ford Museum. Our friends from TechShop Detroit are back again building and launching rockets for all to enjoy. New to our Saturday programming is University of Detroit Mercy‘s engineering department. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineery Darrell Kleinke spent some time with us chatting about this weekend’s program and what you and your family can look forward to.

What will you be doing during this week’s Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday?
We will be running a maker-design challenge. Participants will be challenged to build the tallest tower or the widest bridge, using only paper and tape! Beware, Angry Birds may be seen hanging around the towers!

What are some of the favorite making activities at University of Detroit Mercy?
Our students specialize in building devices that help people with disabilities. We will show some of the devices at The Henry Ford this Saturday. My favorite device is a child-seat unlatcher, to help people that have difficulty getting kids into and out of child car seat belts.

What other projects is your department working on these days?
In addition to cool engineering stuff, our engineering students are working with our nursing students to sell cool products that help people.

What’s one tool your students can’t live without?
Tough question, there are many computer tools at UDM, but I think the students like our fully equipped machine shop the best. The lathe seems to be the most popular tool, it’s running all the time.

What are you looking forward to about Maker Faire Detroit this year?
At the Maker Faire, I love to see all the different types of people that stop by our booth to see what the students are up to. The UDM students really like to show off their work and find out if the visitors like their work or not.

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