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MIT's Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

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Presented By MIT Museum
Goal Engineer part of a giant chain reaction!
Task Build a section of a machine using creative tools and materials.
Where MIT's Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction 120 Vassar St., 02139 Massachusetts 02139 United States

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 .
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!

How to Join

You are encouraged to bring in your own unique materials and use some that the Museum provides as you begin developing your contraption. Bring it to the live event the Friday after Thanksgiving!

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Required Gear

Anything you can think of--be creative!

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time indoors
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Tags after, chain, friday, goldberg, mit, museum, reaction, rube, thanksgiving
Project Updated 01/30/2018