Group Attempts Guinness World Record for Largest Chain Reaction at Michigan Science Center


More than 500,000 objects are being assembled this week in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest chain reaction on Saturday at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit. The live afternoon event will be filmed for the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet.

“As the science, technology, engineering, and math hub of Michigan, we are consistently looking for unique opportunities to bring in bright minds that will spark an interest in this great field and we hope this chain reaction leaves a lasting impression,” says Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the center.

The so-called Zeal Credit Union Incredible Science Machine will feature some 200,000 dominoes and thousands of other common items that will be placed throughout a 5,000 square foot space. The chain reaction will take about 30 minutes to complete. Steve Price, a Canton Township native and a Michigan State University student, will lead the project. Price and his chain reaction machines have been featured on The Rachael Ray Show and America’s Got Talent

Price is leading a team of about 15 builders from around the world as they construct the machine this week.

The Guinness World Record for the largest chain reaction machine was set in 2012 by the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers, Rube Goldberg Team. Their machine consisted of 300 different steps and lasted about two minutes.

The machine will be located on the fourth floor of the Michigan Science Center, and the event is limited to 200 people. To buy tickets, which cost $20, click here