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witness the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction at MIT (kid-friendly)

This is a small-group event, so please sign up only if you're sure you can go and if you are willng to buy your ticket in advance.  Please sign up before Wednesday evening.

 

Why don't a few of us join the Greater Boston Divorced and Separated Meetup Group for an annual event that has to be seen to be believed.

Tickets are available, in advance, online, please buy them that way.

What is the Friday After Thanksgiving? A grand event that could only happen at MIT! Participants link their mini chain reactions together forming one mega chain reaction – set off at the end as the event's thrilling culmination.

1,500 people from all over watch and participate in this fun-for-all-ages "extreme" event.

Whether it's the reaction induced between one creative contraption and another equally crafty contrivance, or the joyful reactions sparked on the faces of the spectators, the MIT Museum's Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction is a one-of-a-kind, must-be-seen-to-be-believed engineering feat.

Artist/inventor Arthur Ganson masterminds the choreography of this Rube Goldberg machine, assisted by MIT teams and participants who range from Girl Scout troops to artists and engineers. Spectators talk to the teams, engage in spontaneous contraption making and fill the seats waiting for the magic moment when all the machines are linked up to set off a chain reaction with a surprise ending.

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 different the chain reactions, 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 event allows people to join the fun as spectators or as participants. Participants can register to bring their own contraptions. Artist and inventor Arthur Ganson, renowned chain reaction creator, is on hand to help with connections and play master of ceremonies for the action.
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!

F.A.T. Chain Reaction


http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/fat.html

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fyi parking in the visitor lot on the corner of vassar and mass ave is free

    November 29, 2013

  • Brenda S

    I have not been assigned. A task yet hope to see you there

    November 29, 2013

  • Ron R.

    Let's meet at 3pm on the left of the gym, as you enter, just to the left of the ticket takers. I'll be there with a bright shirt and I'll try to have a meetup sign with me -- I look somewhat like my photo.

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    "Tickets are available, in advance, online, please buy them that way". I'm not seeing this. All I see is how to register as a team.

    November 27, 2013

    • Ron R.

      Hi Jay, that's what I get for copying and pasting last years's notice - this year there don't seem to be any advanced tickets. Tickets at the door, I suppose. See you there.

      November 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Ron!

      November 27, 2013

  • Brenda S

    I will be working the event as a volunteer but would love to be able to introduce myself and meet some of the members of the group. I have participated in this event for many years both as a participant in the actual chain reaction and as a volunteer. It is a lot of fun. I would like to get more involved with the group. Looking forward to meeting you all

    November 23, 2013

    • Ron R.

      we can come by and say, "hello." I'll send you my cell number, just let me know where you'll be working that day.

      November 23, 2013

  • Margie

    Interested in this event and the Meet Up Group as well.

    October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interested in the idea of the divorced and separated group meetup.

    Cheryl

    October 23, 2013

    • Ron R.

      you can sign up for that group on meetup - just search for Greater Boston Divorced

      October 23, 2013

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