November 27th, 2009

MIT Friday After Thanksgiving

The MIT Friday After Thanksgiving:

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, got-to-be-seen-to-be-believed engineering feat.


The final link in the chain reaction consists of the contraption that is shown below. Once triggered the metal fingers deform the can. After the can is deformed the fingers retract and the dowel lifts the can. Once the can is in position a flexible arm swings the golf-ball up onto its final resting place.

Kids Chain Reactions

The Chain