Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, The Sage School Chain Reaction Club, otherwise known as Team “Smart Kids r Cool,” participated in the 20th annual Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) giant chain reaction event with their own Rube Goldberg-esque link in a long chain of creative contraptions.
For two and a half months, ten Sage students in Grades 2-8 met after school to plan, create, and test a series of collaboratively designed devices that would eventually become part of one enormous chain reaction. The event, called the F.A.T. (Friday after Thanksgiving) Chain Event, has grown each year, boasting the most teams to date in year 20.
“The kids were very proud of how little help our contraption needed to be assembled compared to most others that required a lot of hands-on activity at the event,” explained Barbi Woolf, one of the club’s coaches. “They were excited to see the culmination of all their creativity and hard work, as well as how supportive the crowd was of the 50+ contraptions there. They felt like a true Sage team as they celebrated the success of their perseverance over the last few months.”
Sage students were also interviewed at the event, and eighth grader Claudia W. helped prep the younger members of the team before their public speaking debut The Sage creation was chosen to be the one to go right before the MIT grand finale. All spectators watched intently as Sage’s last reaction, gooey slime that dripped slowly onto the final pan balance, triggered the MIT drone that was hidden in a slow opening hinged box.
Congratulations to all members of the Sage Chain Reaction Club (Ayaan M., Alex G., Claudi W., Cole F., Emery N., John K., Meena B., Tommy N., Vanessa W., Zack S.) as well as to their coaches (Alex Kazarov, Barbi Woolf, and Fred Brosco)!
The Sage Chain Reaction Club was one of the fall offerings for The Sage School’s Afterschool Program. Click here to learn more about future afterschool clubs.