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17th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving: Chain Reaction

Team registration

Build your link to match with the theme - primetime, prime rib, primeval, Optimus Prime - and take part in the final reaction in November!

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

Register Your Team Here!



$15 for adults.
$5 for children ages 5-17, students, seniors and MIT ID-holders. 
Free for children under 5.

Tickets available now!

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.


Upcoming Chain Reaction Building Events

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!

Guidelines for Teams

Team Admission (up to 4 team members):
  • Pre-registered: $12 in advance (opening September 2013) or $15 at the door
    Additional team members, $5 each (in advance or on-site) up to a maximum of 8 people per team
  • Each student team gets one free admission to the event for a chaperone. Other accompanying adults, students, seniors or children are expected to pay for admission (see spectator admission fees above)
  • Accompanying adults (parents, relatives, friends) of team participants who are not listed as team members are expected to pay for admission to the event. Each student team gets one free admission to the event for a chaperone.

Each link should stay within certain guidelines in order to connect effectively to other teams' links.

Download FAT 2014 Chain Reaction Guidelines (pdf)

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.


E-mail: museuminfo@mit.edu
or visit Arthur Ganson's F.A.T. Advice page


Fill out this form to register your team for the Chain Reaction.

The Day of the Event:

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.

Videos from Past 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