F.A.T. Friday: MIT’s 26-Minute Chain Reaction

by Nancy DuVergne Smith on December 9, 2010

in Arts, Energy

Ganson starts the ball rolling.

Ganson starts the ball rolling.

Glee in young eyes, excitement in adult faces heralded the start of the 2010 Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction, held in Rockwell Cage Gymnasion at MIT—26 minutes of plunk, ding, plop as a ball wended through contraption after contraption.

This year, 1,683 people turned out to build, position, and then watch artist and renowned chain-reaction creator Arthur Ganson lead one of the MIT Museum’s most popular annual events. You can watch the 26-minute video now.

How does it work? Teams from all over the country bring a link, which is then connected to another link and it becomes one giant contraption, set off at the magic moment by Ganson. Engineering principles, laws about motion and energy, and other sciences guide  the ball’s dance.

Like this year’s video? You can watch past F.A.T. Friday videos starting with 2006.

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