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Press Release

October 26, 2010

MIT Museum Hosts 13th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event on November 26th
Renowned chain reaction creator, artist Arthur Ganson, plans surprise ending for this year's event.

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CAMBRIDGE, MA - October 26, 2010 -- The MIT Museum will host its 13th annual Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event on November 26th from 1:00 4:00 p.m. at the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium at 120 Vasser Street in Cambridge, MA. The event, which attracts people from all over the country, will feature approximately 35 mini chain reactions linked together with the help of renowned artist and chain reaction creator, Arthur Ganson. Once each team's contraption is connected together, the mega chain reaction is set off culminating in a special surprise ending planned by Arthur Ganson himself.

This year, in celebration of the 13th annual F.A.T., participants, who in years past have ranged from artists and engineers to families and Girl Scout troops, are encouraged to design and build contraptions that celebrate the number 13. In addition, special prizes will be awarded to teams who meet the 13-second challenge of making their individual link in the chain reaction last exactly 1 minute 13 seconds or 2 minutes 13 seconds.

Throughout the afternoon, all the gears and building parts are tested by Arthur Ganson, with the help of MIT students, who then connect everything together for the grand finale which takes place at 3:30 p.m. In anticipation of the main event, spectators may walk around and examine the contraptions, talk with the different teams and even engage in some hands-on activities.

"Making a chain reaction allows people to explore their own creativity, and see how their unique contraptions relate to a larger whole," said John Durant, MIT Museum Director. "No matter how different the chain reactions, inevitably, with a little string and duct tape, they all work together beautifully. It's a unique event that could only happen at MIT!" said Durant.

Participants must register to build their mini-link in the chain reaction no later than November 20th. The registration fee is $10 per team of 4 participants and $5 for each additional team member. For more information on registration and contraption guidelines go to http://mit.edu/museum/programs/fat.html. Admission for spectators is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18, students and seniors. Children under 5 years old and individuals with an MIT ID are free. Admission fee also includes a free same-day admission to the MIT Museum, which will remain open until 6:00 p.m and will be offering some special discounts in the Museum store.

The MIT Museum is open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Admission - Adults: $7.50; Under 18, Students, Seniors: $3.00; MIT ID and children 5 and under: Free. The Museum also offers free admission on Sundays between 10:00 a.m. noon and on the second Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

The MIT Museum's mission is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

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