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Photo: Lily Bui
Presented by MIT Museum
Participation fee $0
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Spend the time indoors
Location 120 Vassar St. Massachusetts United States 02139
Appropriate for kids yes
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Anything you can think of--be creative!


MIT Museum's Friday After Thanksgiving (FAT) Chain Reaction


Engineer part of a giant chain reaction!
Build a section of a machine using creative tools and materials.

What is the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction? A grand event that could only happen at MIT! Participants link their chain reaction devices together forming one mega chain reaction – set off at the end as the event's thrilling culmination.

More than 1,500 people attend this fun-for-all-ages "extreme" event!

Making a chain reaction allows people to explore their own creativity and see how their unique contraptions relate to a larger whole. No matter how unique the devices, inevitably, with a little string and duct tape, they all work together beautifully.

How does it work? Join the fun as a spectator or, even better, as a participant! Participants must register in advance to create their own contraptions and bring them to Rockwell Cage on Friday, November 28. Artist and inventor Arthur Ganson, renowned chain reaction creator, will be on hand, along with local artist and MIT alumnus Jeff Lieberman, to help participants link their contraptions together and emcee the event.

Can anybody do it? Of course! Participants range from Girl Scout troops to artists and engineers, from MIT clubs to high schools and family teams. Teams have come from as far away as Michigan and California!




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