Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

Friday After Thanksgiving 2015

Chain reaction season is almost upon us so remember to save November 25, 2016 for the Friday After Thanksgiving Giant Chain Reaction at MIT! This year is our XIXth year so the theme is: SYMMETRY!

What is the Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) 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 will 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. Check out our video from last year!

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 25, 2016. 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. Learn how to get started on your contraption and come join us for fun building sessions where you can get help with idea and explore your construction interests. Teams, please consider aspects of "SYMMETRY" in your designs!

Want to attend?

Tickets can be purchased at the MIT Museum or Rockwell Cage the day of the event. Tickets include admission to the 19th annual chain reaction and to the MIT Museum on Nov. 25th.

1:00 p.m. - Doors open

1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - Family-friendly, hands-on design and engineering activities

1:30 p.m. - Arthur and Jeff interview the teams to learn about their contraptions

3:30 p.m. - The giant chain reaction is initiated!


Watch the excitement at last year's giant chain reaction!