Monday, 29 January 2018

The voting table

Hi all,

A bit later than expected but today you could watch the European Chain Reaction news flash.

We hope everyone is satisfied with the outcome and the ranking. You all did an amazing job and you all are real scientists!

Maybe you want to know which countries gave you all that votes?

Just have a look at this voting table and you will know!

Results newsflash

A bit later than expected... The results are in! Have a watch of the ECR 2018 Newsflash video to see where your country finished in this year's competition! Thank you to all of the partners for making this another fantastic edition of this brilliant science based eTwinning project!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

21 - Croatia - Technical Chain Reaction

This year, chain reaction was a special challenge for me.
I've never had such a difficult time in life, but I've never been more determined to succeed.
I am very proud of my students! It was not easy for them in this situation. They were my strength to do this project. I'm endlessly grateful to them.

This project was their wish. I just made sure to make it happen.
Our school is made of three parts, that is, three schools. We wanted to show you our youngest children from all three schools and introduce our school. That's why you have three chains in the video.

We hope you will like it!
A lot of warm greetings from Croatia!
Magdalena Mikulić (Čurić)   
Primary School "Ivan Meštrović" Vrpolje consists of three schools:
1. Primary school "Ivan Meštrović", Old Perkovci
2. Primary school "Ivan Meštrović", Čajkovci
3. Primary school "Ivan Meštrović", Vrpolje
All three make up one school. The main school is this in Vrpolje.These two schools are designed so that little children do not have to travel while they are small. But when they come to the 5th grade, they go to main school with bus and from 5th to 8th they attend the main primary school in Vrpolje.

Friday, 12 January 2018

20 - Armenia - Technical Chain Reaction

Our Chain Reaction is not only technical, but tasty, too, as it is made of wafer.

19 - Germany - Technical Chain Reaction

Our chain reaction takes us back in time to the stone age, where the really big inventions were made. We built it all outside, so we had to fight with the weather, especially with the wind...

18 - France - Technical Chain Reaction

This is the french try for technical chain reaction. We started too late this year and couldn't fix the end but anyway, it was fun to participate! "The important thing is taking part !"

17 - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Technical Chain Reaction

Tehnical Chain Reaction - Bosnia and Herzegovina :)

16 - Hungary - Technical Chain Reaction

15 - Estonia - Technical Chain Reaction

Estonian snow-chain reaction!

14 - Norway - Technical Chain Reaction

Greetings from Norway!
This year the 5th gaders at Kringsjå skole want to send a greeting to all of you with our chain reaction!

The European Chain Reaction 2018 - Norway from Jan Erik Log on Vimeo.

13 - Sweden - Technical Chain Reaction

Best regards from Sweden!

Good luck to everone!

12 - Serbia - Technical Chain Reaction

Best regards from Serbia!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

9. Macedonia- Technical chain reaction

8 - Finland - Technical Chain Reaction

It's ready! The chain reaction from Finland was built in Riihenmäki school, which is the brand new school where Sari, the Finnish teacher from previous ECR-projects started to work last August. Sari is the 4th grade teacher now. Saara, who teaches 5th grade, agreed to join the project, so we had a great co-operation project between our classes.

It's been a challenge to start a new school, but eTwinning has landed there already. This is just one example of different projects our school is participating this school year.

We hope you like our chain reaction. You will have a change to look around in our new school too!

Good luck everyone!

7 - Belgium - Technical Chain Reaction

Hi to all you scientists and fans,

Qworzó - Belgium proudly presents its technical chain reaction 2018!

Some weeks ago 45 brilliant engineers mastered to create this Rube Goldberg Machine. In this Rube Goldberg machine we use 2 self made pumps to pump up water from one bucket to another.  These pumps were made for a science competition we participated in. 

We hope you may enjoy watching our chain as much as we did while building it!

We look forward to watching all your chains appear to the blog! We want to wish you the best of luck with the voting in a couple of weeks and we look forward to reading your comments!

Please share our video wherever you want!

Kind regards,

The children in year 6 at Qworzó, Merksplas, Belgium

Click on HD to watch our video in HD and turn up the volume!

6 - Scotland - Technical Chain Reaction

Hello from Scotland! Yester Primary School's P4 class did all the work here - the children planned in small groups, built and finalised their chain reaction entirely by themselves. We had some problems with the filming, but we hope you enjoy our chain reaction. Good luck to all teams!

5 - England - Technical Chain Reaction

Happy New Year to you all!

This year we have tried to involve as many people as possible in the Chain Reaction. Sometimes it did not run smoothly and needed a helping hand but that is part of the learning. We hope you enjoy the end result.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

4 - Austria - Technical Chain Reaction

Happy new year to all! :) Greetings from our school in Wildbach, Austria. Pupils in the age of 6 did the chain reaction with their teacher Johannes Windisch in a different and creative way -"The snake, part 2". We had lot of fun and we hope you enjoy it. We are looking forward to watch your videos!

Monday, 8 January 2018

3 – Iceland – Technical Chain Reaction

Greetings from our 4th graders in Flataskóli, Garðabær, Iceland. This was one of our Christmas project before before we went for a Christmas break. Hope you enjoy it. We are looking forward to watch your chains. 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

2 - Catalonia - Technical Chain Reaction

Here is the technical chain reaction from Catalonia. We hope you enjoy our robotic omelette making contraption.

Monday, 1 January 2018

1 - Slovenia - Technical Chain Reaction

Hi from Slovenia!
We done it and we are very proud of it! Take a look and give us a lot of points ;-)

Again happy New Year to all of you!

Slovenia pupils' team and teacher Romana

Monday, 25 December 2017

Estonian Chain Reaction team with best greetings!

Friday, 22 December 2017

Human Chain Reaction 2018 - Austria - VS Wildbach

Hi friends,
children in the age of 6 made this chain reaction with their teacher
Hannes Windisch in their own way and called it "The snake".
They helped to create the whole plot and hope you all enjoy it!

Hungary - Human Chain reaction

Hi everyone! The kids from grade 6 and 8 are presenting the human chain reaction. We are quite a few, but hopefully more students will cooperate and help us to build the technical chain. 

We wish you a Joyful and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Human Chain Reaction 2018 Italy

Here we are! Class 5B presents The Human Chain Reaction 2018. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018!

HUMAN CHAIN REACTION 2018 from Giovanna Piras on Vimeo.

The pupils from Finland!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

The representatives this year from Finland come from Riihenmäki school in Mäntsälä. We have about 700 pupils, from grades 0-9.  The chain reaction in January will be built by two classes, 4A and 5B. Great way of doing co-operation inside our school too.

It's been a challenge to get this human video recorded, since so many of us, including the teachers, have been sick. But here we are, not quite everyone, but most of the pupils anyway!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Belgium - Human Chain Reaction

Hi all,

This year 45 Belgian 12-years old Einsteins will be creating the Belgian Chain Reaction.

This is us.  We hope you like our human chain reaction video and we hope you may have a lot of joy building your chain reaction!

Kind regards and happy X-mas!

The kids at Qworzó, Merksplas - Belgium

Human chain reaction from Slovenia

Here is our chain reaction.
We wish you Merry Christmas  and happy New Year.

Human Chain Reaction - Scotland

Hello from Scotland's young Einsteins! The Primary 4 class from Yester Primary say hello and welcome, and look forward to seeing all your wonderful chain reactions in the New Year. Have a lovely Christmas! Michael and the Scottish team!

Human chain reaction 2018 Rasselbande- Germany from Marko Hänel on Vimeo.

Hello everybody,
here comes the Human Chain Reaction 2018 from Kindergarten Rasselbande-Germany !
We had much fun by creating the little film!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Human Chain Reaction from England.

Here is the English human chain reaction. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Human Chain Reaction from Norway

Hi, everyone!
Here's the Norwegian human chain reaction - taking you out into the Norwegian forests. We are looking forward to making the technical chain reaction, but at the moment we just want to wish you all a God Jul (Merry Christmas)!

Friday, 8 December 2017

A Human Chain Reaction from Catalonia

Hello everyone. See if you can spot the hidden words in our video all about cooperation. 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Human Chain from Iceland

Hello all. Our 4th graders have made their human chain video and are very exciting to begin to make the technical chain after Christmas.
Happy holydays to you from Flataskóli Iceland. 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

The rules of the game

The European Chain Reaction 2018 is a science/art project for primary schools wishing to create, film and upload a "Rube-Goldberg/Robert Storm Petersen-like" chain reaction. This project is a competition and a European collaboration! The school which uploads the most astonishing, creative chain reaction not only wins a trophy, but also wins tons of faim!  In the end all videos will be emerged into ONE BIG CROSS BORDER EUROPEAN CHAIN REACTION (look at the European Chain Reaction 2016)!

This eTwinningproject allows as many as possible European schools - all from different countries - to enter the competition! By entering the competition you agree to the following rules:


- When you enter the competition, your school e-mails an image of the school and a short text in which the school presents herself!
- Your kids present themselves in a short video.  The best way to do this is by presenting themselves in a human chain reaction.  This video should be uploaded by Friday December 22nd  2017
- You and your class will have until Friday January 12th 2018 to create, practice, film and upload a video of your chain reaction to a videosite (like Vimeo, Youtube, ...) and embed it in this blog.
- When all videos are uploaded to the blog every school will watch the entries of the other participants and will decide on wich countries receive wich amount of points.
All points should be e-mailed to Dave Schrauwen by Tuesday January 23rd 2018.
On Friday January 26th the class of Dave will record a newsflash announcing who will be the winner of the project. The link to this video will be kept secret until Monday January 29th 11:00
(Brussels time). 
- On Monday January 29th 11:00 Brussels time the video will be embedded into the website, so everyone can find out how well they scored in this competition and how fabulous the ECR 2018 really is! The winning school wins the everlasting respect of all the other participants!


1. Only one school from each country will be allowed to enter. We would like to have as many as possible European countries involved!

2. The European Chain Reaction 2018-project is for primary schools and kindergarten schools only!

3. Once you have agreed to enter and submitted your request to the project coordinator, Dave Schrauwen you will receive an invitation to become a partner in the project, followed later by a separate invitation to contribute to the project's blog. You need to sign up for the blog, whereby you will be able to upload your finished chain reaction in due course. In addition, please send Dave a brief description of your school, along with a photograph, that Dave will add to the blog, so that each country can see who is taking part.

4. All schools will upload a short video in which they present themselves so all contestants can get to know their opponents/partners!  The best way to do this is by creating a human chain reaction video!

5. The actual technological chain reaction should be created and practiced by the students and their teachers (giving them advice) only!  The chain reaction has to be a technological chain reaction. Children may appear in the video shortly, but the technological aspect is the most important!  Look at the winning 2011 video for a very good exemple!

6. The length of the chain reaction video should be at least 30 seconds.  The video may be shot by the teacher or the children.

7. Every partner is responsible for his own entry!  When inserting music into the video, please use music that is copyright free.  You could use a creative commons sound or song.  You can find free sounds and music here:

8. All entries should be completed by Friday January 12th 2018. When your chain reaction is ready, you upload the video of this chain reaction to the blog, via using either the “upload video” section of the site, or by uploading your video to Vimeo, YouTube, ... then copying and pasting the embed code into your blog post. All files MUST be uploaded by Friday January 12th, as each country will then need to watch all the entries and judge them during the following weeks - Monday January 15th - Tuesday January 23rd.

9. Please encourage your children to post a comment on the videos sent in by other countries.  By doing so, your children will learn some ICT -skills and learn to express themselves in a foreign language.

10. Once you and your pupils have watched each entry and chosen your favourites, email your choices to Dave Schrauwen, BEFORE Wednesday January 26th, so the pupils of Dave can create and record the newsflash on who is the winner of the project on Friday January 26th. YOU MUST NOT VOTE FOR YOUR OWN ENTRY!

11.  The newsflash in which the winner of the competition will be announced and the European Chain Reaction will be showed will be added to the blog on Monday January 29th at 11:00 Brussels time, in order for everyone to find out at the same time who has won the competition!

GOOD LUCK to all countries! Enjoy making your entry, and watching all the other entries!

Michael Purves & Dave Schrauwen

Project founders