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Create your own chain reaction, powered by tension, by weaving together popsicle sticks, coffee stir sticks, or large craft sticks in various patterns. 

Use the image to create a pattern as you carefully arrange your sticks. Weave different patterns to achieve varying results. When you finally remove your last stick, watch out for some science fun!


Helpful tips:

  • Younger scientists may need some help getting started; an extra pair of hands is often useful.

  • Use books to hold down the chain as you go. This way, if the section of the chain you are working on reacts, you won't lose the whole chain.

CLICK HERE to learn more!

CLICK HERE to check out our blog post on Jonathan Brilliant, who created an installation at LASM made out of coffee stir sticks in 2014!

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