Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT Museum
Building N51 265 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm / Closed Major Holidays
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Build your link to match with the theme - primetime, prime rib, primeval, Optimus Prime - and take part in the final reaction in November!
$15 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.
Parking will be available at West Garage (125 Vassar Street) for $5.
Come to the MIT Museum and build mini-reactions to practice for the final reaction in November!
Friday, 10/10, 5pm-8pm: Chain Reaction Challenge
Complete challenges with your chain reaction link including building the tallest link, longest duration, and more!
Each link should stay within certain guidelines in order to connect effectively to other teams' links.
Your chain reaction could be as simple as books falling against one another or as complicated as a Rube Goldberg invention. Look at the Game MOUSETRAP, the Japanese TV show Pythagoras Switch, or IDEO's Incredible Global Rube Goldberg Chain Reaction Experience. See also the music video This Too Shall Pass by OK Go.
Fill out this form to register your team for the Chain Reaction.
Bring your chain reaction to the event site at 11:30 a.m. and we'll connect your device to others to make one grand chain reaction. MIT engineers and Arthur Ganson will be on hand to help. Participants will set up their links between 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., then introduce their teams to the audience, demonstrate their links and tinker from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. We will set off the grand chain reaction at 3:30 p.m.
Parking is available in the West Garage on Vassar Street across from Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, or on the surrounding streets (metered rates apply). Food is not allowed in the Rockwell Cage gymnasium; however, Central and Kendall Squares offer numerous dining options before and after the event. All MIT facilities are wheelchair accessible.