4-H STEaMpunk Chain Reaction Video Challenge

Chain Reaction Family Fun for the Stay at Home Blues
Lemon set to tip over a chain reaction of dominoes

The 4-H STEaMpunk Chain Reacion Challenge is coming home.  The challenge has been tweaked to make it easier to build at home and share via video.  The basic challenge is still the same, build a chain reaction using all kinds of stuff, be sure to include and count chickens (like the original challenge), and video tape and share.  Each week one video will be randomely selected for a prize.

The Challenge – Count Your Chickens Before They’re Hatched

Design and build a unique invention that completes a chain reaction of events that counts chickens along the way.  Any kind of chicken may be used, but not live ones (Eggs are okay).  You must include more than one chicken and count each one in some way.  How teams include and count each chicken is up to each them.  Chickens can be used in any step.

Chain Reaction Specifications:

  • Complete the challenge task:  Count you chickens before they hatch
  • Complete as many steps as possible.  A step is defined as a transfer of energy from one object to another
  • Your chain reaction can be ANY SIZE.  You can even devote a whole room to your chain reaction, provided it’s okay with your parents
  • Use common household items like books, boxes, kitchen gadgets, random stuff
  • If you want get fancy, you may use electrical components, compressed air or even microcontrollers, if you have them
  • You may not use hazardous chemicals, flammable materials, explosives or flames

The STEaMpunk Chain Reaction Challenge Activity Guide can help you get started.

Video Submission Guidelines

Each week the 4-H STEaMpunk Video Chain Reaction Challenge participants will be entered into a random drawing for prizes. 

4-H STEaMpunk Chain Reaction Video Guidelines

All STEaMpunk Chain Reaction video submissions must include the following and be uploaded to the NH 4-H Facebook Page.

  1. Your video should only include footage of your Chain Reaction.  No video of people or faces.  An hand or two starting or helping your chain reaction is okay
  2. Before you start your chain reaction.  Walk us through with a video tour of your Chain Reaction
  3. Video of the complete Chain Reaction in one take. (including any help for missed steps)
  4. Optional  -  Highlights: if you can edit video, you can add separate highlights of different part of the chain reaction.  I.e. close ups, Slo-Mo, boomerangs, repeats, etc. of your favorite parts

Submission instructions:

  1. Videos can be uploaded to the NH 4-H Community Facebook page from a parents Facebook account, or personal account if you are over 13.
  2. If you are not on Facebook and would like to submit a video you can email your video to claes.thelemarck@unh.edu and we will post it to the NH 4-H Community Facebook page.
  3. Every Friday, the videos uploaded that week will be entered for a prize drawing.
  4. You may continue to upload as many Chain Reaction videos as you want, but each family is only eligible for one prize.

And, for those who like to GO BIG OR GO HOME.  Check out the "Quarantine - Punk" Challenge and build a chain reaction that goes through your whole house.  For more information or questions, contact Claes Thelemarck at claes.thelemarck@unh.edu.