Press release from TekVenture:

TekVenture Announces Chain Reaction Challenge 4 – April 30, 2011

“To Infinity and Beyond” is the theme for the Fourth-Annual Chain Reaction Challenge brought to you by TekVenture, the not-for-profit organization planning to build a public art and technology laboratory in the near-downtown Fort Wayne area.

On Saturday April 30, 2011, teams of up to 6 people will again assemble in the Great Hall of the Allen County Public Library downtown in order to put their ingenuity to the test. Teams will join their individual “Links” to form Fort Wayne’s Fourth-Annual Community Chain Reaction.

New this year is the addition of a three-foot novice-size entry for those new to the Challenge.

People of all ages are welcome to participate either by forming a team or by coming to view these one-of-a-kind contraptions combining creativity, imagination, teamwork, and just plain fun.

To encourage participation, all are invited to attend a free informational workshop at the downtown library on Saturday, March 19 – from 2pm – 4pm. A sample link will be demonstrated and construction ideas discussed.

A minimal $20 advance registration fee for a team of four up to $30 for a team of six must accompany registration forms. Space is limited to 20 Links so teams must register early!

Awards will be given to the teams with the most complex Link in the Chain, the Link using the most recycled objects, and the People’s Choice Award, among others.

Last spring, TekVenture brought you “Building a Better Mousetrap” at the Downtown Allen County Public Library with the Third Annual Chain Reaction Challenge. Ten locally-built, elaborately complicated, award-winning machines linked to, then triggered, Purdue University’s Rube Goldberg machine. Teams comprised of home school students, families, business people, and friends were joined by a crowd of over 500 to celebrate creative tinkering!

The TekVenture Chain Reaction Challenge is a continuing “coming out party” for TekVenture and we ask the public to help us make it a reality. Contributions of time, materials, and sponsorship are being sought in order to offer the Chain Reaction Challenge at a minimum cost to participants.
We again challenge the community to help us build TekVenture, a destination for programming like the Chain Reaction Challenge, and for people who want to engage tools, materials, media and mentors to give form to their great ideas and make things!

Visit www.TekVenture.org to learn more about TekVenture, Inc., to register a team for the TekVenture Chain Reaction Challenge 4, to sponsor, or to get involved in some other way.

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