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Friday After Thanksgiving: Chain Reaction

FAT Chain Reaction


Friday, November 28, 2014, 1 – 4 PM 
Rockwell Cage Gymnasium
120 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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?

The MIT Museum's F.A.T. Chain Reaction encourages people to join the fun as spectators or as participants. Participants register in advance to create their own contraptions and bring them to Rockwell Cage on 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 with connections 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!

New to F.A.T.?
Watch videos from previous years:
2006 Chain Reaction | 2007 Chain Reaction | 2008 Chain Reaction
2009 Chain Reaction | 2010 Chain Reaction | 2011 Chain Reaction
2012 Chain Reaction | 2013 Chain Reaction | 2014 Chain Reaction

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17th Annual

F.A.T. Chain Reaction
November 28, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Rockwell Cage Gym
Spectators: $15 at door/$12.50 presale for adults,
$5 for children ages 5-17, students, seniors and MIT ID-holders.
Free for children under 5.
Spectator fee includes free same-day admission to the MIT Museum, open until 6:00 p.m.

About our Hosts:
Self-described as a cross between a mechanical engineer and a choreographer, Arthur Ganson creates contraptions composed of a range of materials from delicate wire to welded steel and concrete. Arthur's much loved sculptures have long been exhibited at the MIT Museum.

Jeff Lieberman explores connections between the arts, sciences, education, creativity, and consciousness. He hosted 'Time Warp' on the Discover Channel, composes music, and shows sculptures internationally.