Metro Grand Rapids that includes Grand Haven, Holland and Muskegon is home to a remarkable number of companies and individuals who know how to make anything from precision fuel injectors to tasty power bars.

West Michigan is also harbors a treasure trove of science phenomena that includes mastadon teeth, waterspouts and spontaneous combustion. 

This website launched in 2011 is devoted to coverage of those subjects, with particular emphasis on events taking place in West Michigan. Here are a couple of the earliest stories about our coverage: Exploding hay bales and Fishing for Lightning



Makers United

Thursday, August 12, 2010
The Influence West Michigan blog of Mlive ran a piece written by Matthew Gryczan about the Maker Faire Detroit and what it says about Michigan inventors -- and the fun they have. According to the article: Anyone who has a sinking feeling Americans have lost their knack for making things and are now only consumers of cheap imported goods needed to stroll the grounds of the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit recently to put his or her mind at ease. You would have found at the Maker Faire hundreds of Michigan inventors and do-it-yourselfers who are extremely clever with their minds and hands. You would have found a refreshing spirit among the enthusiasts — not government officials or academics, mind you — that Michigan is catching the crest of a totally new wave of small-scale manufacturing. Read the rest of the story here: Maker Faire .
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Blogger Jason Strube perfectly captured the spirit of the visit by Dale Dougherty to Grand Rapids on April 26, 2011 to encourage people to join the Maker movement. According to the article: I recently got to attend a town hall style meeting with local hacker/makers in the Grand Rapids area at GRiD70. The meeting was organized by Dale Dougherty. For those of you who do not know him, he is the man responsible for starting Make magazine and the Maker Faire events around the country. Read the rest of the story here: Dougherty visit .
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Makers United is an online news magazine that highlights the activities of Makers and hobbyists in the metro Grand Rapids area. Keep an eye out for future postings.

Science in Metro Grand Rapids

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Some farmers along "The Ridge" in West Michigan's apple country let go a sigh of relief this morning that last night's cold weather didn't bring the disastrous frost that it did last year. Many weren't that all that worried because they could tell from weather signs and local reports that they weren't in for the same sort of series of hard freezes that severely damaged crops last year. But the farmers had reason to be wary: the Fruit Ridge region of West Michigan has the highest concentration of apple growers in the state, and many lost their entire crops last year when April brought record low temperatures after unseasonably high temperatures in March.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Bert Jackson knew “something different was going on” during a bass tournament on Muskegon Lake when the fishing lure that he cast hit the water -- but his line didn't. Instead of falling on top of the water like all his other casts, the fishing line hummed and levitated in thin air, taking a curved shape that pointed directly up to storm clouds that began rolling over the lake.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Late summer and fall are the most likely times in metro Grand Rapids to catch an awesome natural phenomenon without risking life or limb -- waterspouts over Lake Michigan. With the right weather conditions and luck, you may be able to spot waterspouts anywhere along the lakeshore of the metro Grand Rapids area. Residents of lakeshore communities say these vortexes that resemble pint-sized tornadoes are infrequent, but not rare.