Date: July 18, 2015

Theme:  “Gravity Works!”

Location:  Downtown Allen County Public Library

Sponsored by 

Kelly Box and Packaging Company and

The Allen County Public Library

TekVenture is pleased to announce, in collaboration with the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) , a 2015 Chain Reaction Workshop/Clinic/Event on Saturday July 18, 2015 from 9am - noonish @ the Downtown Allen County Public Library.

The Chain Reaction event this year is for families with a curiosity for hands-on art, technology, science and fun  with the purpose of providing instruction, supplies, tools, and fun for teams comprised of families and friends to build a Chain Reaction Challenge link/machine. 

This eighth Chain Reaction Challenge will be a three hour-long event that combines how-to workshop with the actual challenge. While encouraged to bring their own materials for building, teams will also be able to choose free materials for building their contraption from a "stock pile" at the event.

Families with children of all ages are invited to create a machine or "link" in this eighth-annual community chain reaction. Work as a team and enjoy the fun by building a contraption that fits on a full eight foot table that can start with a golf ball rolling down a ramp and end with a golf ball rolling down a ramp. Your contraption will then start the next contraption with a rolling golf ball.

Never built a chain reaction machine before? No problem! We'll have experienced machine builders and engineers on hand to help you every step of the way. We'll provide all the materials and a crazy theme so all you have to do is show up and have some fun.

Check out this fun video from our last event and another on How to Build a Rube Goldberg Machine.  Both the video and the "How To" were produced by Aaron Makin! Aaron and his family have participated in the Chain Reaction Challenge for seven of the last eight years.


Saturday, July 19, 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Downtown Allen County Public Library

Meeting Rooms A, B, C

Machine Build: 9:00-11:00 am
Judging: 11:00 am-11:45 am
Awards: 11:45 am-12:30 pm


First come, first served!  We only have spaces for 15 teams open!


Questions? Please email them to: Erin Warzala


* TekVenture is currently in the process of preparing a permanent presence in a building at 1800 Broadway in Downtown Fort Wayne and the ACPL is currently expanding its resources for technical laboratory, studio and workshop settings in the community, the partnership between TekVenture and the ACPL is being revised.

Please visit TekVenture in our new home at 1800 Broadway at Swinney, just South of the old GE complex.

Thank you and hope to see you July 18!

2015 Chain Reaction Challenge (CRC) Committee
Erin Warzala
Allen County Public Library
Aaron Makin TekVenture, Inc.
Greg Jacobs TekVenture, Inc.
Casey Drudge CRC Demonstration Machine
Sara Harper CRC Secretary