KIds showing a chain reaction machine

2021 STEaMpunk Chain Reaction Challenge - Till the Cows Come Home

Thu, 07/29/2021
10:00am - 4:00pm
North Haverhill Fair
1299 Dartmouth College Highway
North Haverhill, NH 03774

STEaMpunk Chain Reactions are crazy contraptions that do something simple, like bringing the cows home, with an overly complicated series of chain reactions.  This year 4-H members have a chance to build a STEaMpunk Chain Reaction machine that Brings the Cows Home and showcase it at the 4-H Makers Expo at the North Haverhill Fair in July. 

Till the Cows Come Home

This old farmers idiom means something that will likely take a long time, since it was no guarantee when the cows would finally come home!  In the STEaMpunk Chalin Reaction Challenge, 4-Hers work to design and build a unique contraption that completes a chain reaction of events that does bring the cows home.   Any cow will work, but not live ones.  All participating teams must include at least two cows . 

The Rules Your invention must:

  •  Include 2 or more cows. Complete 5 or more steps
  •  Have a run time of 2 minutes or less
  •  Fit inside a 12 ft2 footprint and be no taller than 4’
  •  Be free standing

Getting Started

  • Individuals or family teams are ideal.
  • Get help from a parent, coach, advisor or mentor
  • Do some research – Google terms like "Rube Goldberg machine" or "chain reaction machine"
  • Collect a big pile of stuff and start tinkering

Showcase your Invention on July 29 at the 4-H Makers Expo and be evaluated by STEaM professionals to be eligible for prizes.

Registration Opens June 2nd through 4-H Online

For more information contact Claes Thelemarck or click the links below for complete rules and goal setting guidelines.

STEaMpunk Invention Challenge Rules

STEaMpunk Invention Scoresheet

Cost

Free, youth and one parent will receive admission to North Haverhill Fair

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