Looking for a new, more creative postprandial Thanksgiving tradition? Every year, the MIT Museum organizes a fun, family-oriented event called the Friday After Thanksgiving (FAT) Chain Reaction. More than a dozen teams construct a Rube Goldberg-esque chain reaction that usually involves a succession of dominoes, toy cars, and paper planes. Each team provides one link in the chain reaction that eventually sets off a grand finale reaction built by the kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson. The gymnasium at MIT fills up with spectators and participants. Here’s my story about last year’s event, and the information about attending (or participating) this afternoon.
Last year’s theme was the sonnet. This year, the theme is crystal, and the teams are coming from all over, including the Sparkle Ninjas from Waban and Owen’s Hexbug Maze from Quincy. It looks like team Rubicon X from Arlington is on the roster again, this year. Here’s what Tricia Nguyen said about the event last year: