Wednesday 8 July 2015

Some photos with the trophy

Hello again everybody,

the ECR 2015 finished in February, but we have forgotten to upload a few photos of our winning party with the trophy and the sheep. We took the Photos in April and would like to show them now to you. We hope you enjoyed the contest as much as we did and we wish you a great summer.
P.S.: the great chain reaction with all countries was the best!
Thanks to belgium for their very good organisation.


Monday 2 February 2015

The voting table

Hi all,

Probably you are wondering which country gave you which points?

Here you can see the table with all the scores.  All countries who have uploaded a technical chain reaction did send in their votes, so that's just excellent!

Thank you all for participating and we hope you had a lot of fun while learning that science/engineering can be very interesting!

Kind regards and looking forward to ECR2016 now already!

Michael and Dave

Just click on this table to watch it full size!


Watch the video to see where your team/school/country finished in the ECR 2015 contest! Congratulations once again to all teams who participated in this fantastic project, and especially to the winners, who are....!! You'll have to watch to find out!

Saturday 31 January 2015

The votes have been counted!

Hi to all chaintists,

Just to inform you, all of the votes have been counted and the ECR-2015-newsflash has been recorded last Friday as planned!

So, on Monday we can publish the ECR-2015-newsflash in which we will announce the winner of this years competition! This newsflash will be published on the blog at Monday February 2nd at 11:00 Brussels time, so all of you get to know their position in the final ranking at the same time!

We will show you the European Chain Reaction 2015 then too (all chain reactions combined into ONE CROSS BORDER EUROPEAN CHAIN REACTION), and it will be a real nice and long one, since you all were extremely creative this year! We hope all of you will be pleased with the outcome!

On Tuesday we will upload an overview in a votes-table, so all of you can see how many points you received from which countries. (We won’t publish this on Monday to hold the excitement.  Now all of you are obliged to watch the newsflash if you want to know your place in the ranking :-) !)

"Science-terrific regards",

Michael and Dave

Saturday 24 January 2015

Cyprus - Frenaros Primary School ECR2015 - ENJOY!

We spent many many hours on this competition to create something really amazing.. We stayed afternoons at school, we studied a lot and we send our greetings and best wishes to everyone..:)

Friday 23 January 2015

Israël - 2015 - CHAIN REACTION




......and the longer version..........

Latvia - ECR 2015

Hey friends! Greetings from Latvia! 

Enjoy watching!

ECR 2015 Latvia from Ilze S on Vimeo.

Albania - Technical Chain Reaction

Hi there,

Kristel from our class made an Albanian chain reaction.

I hope you like it!


VID-20150123-WA0001 from qworzoL6A on Vimeo.

Greece - presents the Chain Reaction entitled "Ringing the bell"

Greece presents the Chain Reaction entitled "Ringing the bell" We had a lot of fun constructing the "machine" . It is the first time that we participate in this project and we enjoyed it very much.It was a great learning experience. We had the opportunity to experiment with different lay-outs.
chain reaction from polina tetteri on Vimeo.

Denmark - Vibeholmskolen

Hello Europe!
Here is our chain reaction for 2015.
As usual it has been a great learning experience. In our video you will see a lego mindstorms line following robot, an Arduino programmed toy car, a catapult and a rocket firing mechanism and a lot more.. Hope you all like it! (-;

Hungary - The European Chain Reaction 2015

The students of Class 6a proudly present our first technical chain reaction.
We hope that you'll like it

Bulgaria - The chain raection

 Dear friends, the project was made by Kris and my students from 4th grade. They have decided to present a Bulgarian folk tale and a folk children song.

Bulgarian folk tale

A lumberjack had two sons. Every time when they were in the forest together, he needed help from them. Once lumberjack has prepared the wagon and told his sons:

- Come on, boys, go alone in the forest for firewood. I will stay at home for a rest because I'm very tired.

Boys were delighted that their father could rely on them, and went out in the forest. When the older one left the house, looked back to his father and said:

- Well Dad, if we damage the car, who will fix it?

- No worries - replied the father - if you break down the car, call The Helper, it will fix it.
The boys went into the forest. They started cutting wood hastily, loaded and overloaded the car. The boys decided to go back.

In the middle of the road, when the wagon descended on a downhill, the overloaded car crashed. The boys were scared: but now how we will go back by the broken  wagon with the wood? Then the older one reminded  the words of his father and  they started shouting The Helper:
- Heeeelpeeer!!! Heeeelpeeer!!! Come and fix our car!

None called.

-Heeeelpeeer!!! - Echoed louded the voice. - Come on, we need help!

But the forest was deaf and there wasn't any answer by the support.

It was getting dark. Birds returned to their nests. On the sky appeared pale moon.

The youngest son said:

 - It was obvious that the Helper will not come. Who knows where it is now, probably fixing another car or lying under a tree. Let's try to fix the car by ourselves.

- How? - asked the older son. - It is not easy.

- I will engrave a new rod and I will try to replace it.

Said and done. The boy found a dry dogwood, cut it, carved it nice, made new hitch and put it instead of the broken one.

The boys went back.

They unloaded the woods from the car and told their father what had happened.
- Dear Dad, halfway of the road we have broken the hitch. We started calling The Helper - we shouted, shouted... but it did not answer, seemed to be lost in the ground. Then with blood, sweat and tears we  have made a new hitch stronger than the old one.
The father smiled and said:

- Well, my sons, you were looking for the Helper, but the Helper was with you. It has helped you to repair the wagon. Think a bit and you'll see I'm right.


Here we are!  

Class 5b presents the Italian chain reaction 2015.


Thursday 22 January 2015

Germany - ECR 2015

Technical chain- reaction 2015 Rasselbande from Marko Hänel on Vimeo.

It´s done!  We proudly present our first chain reaktion on etwinning ever! It was hard work to create the outside part, because we had to fight with the wind and rebuild it several times. In the end we are proud and happy with the result. It was really a great fun and the children had good ideas and inventions. We all learned a lot and we hope that you all had as much fun as we had.Creating the video was a good excercise for us unexperienced kindergarden teachers.
Greetings and best wishes to all of you!!!

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Technical Chain Reaction

Technical chain reaction from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Turkey - Turkish European Chain Reaction 2015

Moldova - Technical Chain Reaction

Hi all,

This was the first time when we made a chain reaction. My students were excited. We had a lot of fun!
Greetings from Moldova!

Armenia - Sweet and Techno Chain Reaction

The idea of our chain reaction belongs to the students of the 8th grade. The robots are made by them with lego bricks during their lessons of RobotX and the biscuits are baked in school kitchen by them, too. Hope you like the film.

France - French reaction

The French team presents its chain reaction.

Everything was made by the children: the chain reaction and music (piano Manon, Lucie on the accordion.)

felix ECR2 from reggianio on Vimeo.

Ireland - Technical Chain Reaction

Greetings from Ireland!!! Our Chain Reaction took a lot of thinking and we worked very hard on it. Pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th class took part in the Chain Reaction. Each class made a different Chain Reaction and we combined them. Hope you enjoy it because we did!!
Chain Reaction Ireland from St. Brendan's on Vimeo.

Lithuania - LITHUANIA 2015

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Scotland - The European Chain Reaction 2015

Hello from Scotland! Yester Primary school represents Scotland once again this year, with the entry coming from the young children in Primary 3/4, who are 7 or 8 years old. We have had lots of fun creating our chain reaction, as usual, and the work was done entirely by the children, with no input from adults. This meant that it was quite difficult for the children, but they tried very hard. Hope you enjoy watching it, and good luck from us to all the countries involved in 2015!

Ukraine - The Ukrainian Chain Reaction 2015

       The pupils from Bila Tserkva Gymnasia #1, Ukraine present their chain reaction.The idea was to combine our hobby quilling and building the chain in making really unusual chain reaction. We spent   a lot of time together, used more than 10,000 details and near 2 liters of glue.
     This picture shows our country and the beautiful bird which will bring peace to Ukraine.

     Hope You`ll like the video!

Belgium - The Belgian Chain Reaction '15

Hi to all you scientists,

Belgium proudly presents its technical chain reaction 2015!

In the last couple of weeks 28 young Einsteins have been working very hard to create this chain and we hope you like it!

If you only have half as much fun watching this chain reaction as we had while building it, then it will surely be a lot of fun for you to watch!

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!

We would like it very much if you would share our video on the internet!

Kind regards,

The children in year 6 at Qworzó, Merksplas, Belgium

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Iceland - The technical Chain Reaction from Iceland

The Technical Chain from Iceland. We learned a lot about power and energy and enjoyed it very much. 
Hope you like our chain? 
Greetings from 4th grade in Flataskóli in Iceland.

Portugal - ECR Portugal 2015

This work was done by 21 students of the 3rd year of class 3E of the School E.B. 1 António Vitorino in Vieira de Leiria, Portugal, aged 8 and 9 years old. It was a great experience and was also a lot of fun!

Slovenia - Technical Chain Reaction

Technical Chain Reaction from Slovenia OŠ Preska

This year chain reaction was built in 4th grade. We enjoyed very much  when we preprepared and assembled it. We hope you will enjoy when you are watching it.

Greetings from Slovenia.

Spain - Catalonia - European chain reaction 2015

Poland - Technical Chain Reaction

Four seasons in a year-Technical reaction from Poland 2015

Sweden - ECR2015

Please enjoy the Chain Reaction from Sweden, made by 6-8 year old kids from Rödebyskolan. all the best/Johan

Monday 19 January 2015

Norway - "The Teacher Trap" - the Norwegian Chain Reaction 2015

What do you do when you want more breaks instead of working......?
The students in the 6th grade have their solution. Enjoy!

Austria - Technical Chain Reaction 2015

This is a "vs-wildbach production" with
actresses and actors of the 3b class.
The kids were very exited to be a part
of this great project!
Have fun watching our chain reaction!
Lovely greetings!
Janine Obrist and her team

Thursday 15 January 2015

The Netherlands - Technical chainreaction The Netherlands

Hi everyone,

Here is the technical chainreaction from the Netherlands!

Greetings from  the year 8 students from the Kastanjelaan

Monday 12 January 2015

Finland - The European Chain Reaction 2015 from Finland

Someone has to be the first!
Here is the technical chain reaction 2015 from Finland!
We continued with the same circus theme as we had in the human chain reaction.

I downloaded the video here already on the 12th of January. What I didn't realize then, is that I had accidentaly used some illegal music without copyrights. The site where I downloaded that circus-music, seemed all right, but you haven't been able to watch our video in some countries. Here below, on the 24th of Janury, is now the same video, with the new, CC-licenced Circus Music. Enjoy!

And here is still the original one, if you have already given points to it and you want to compare them!

We hope you'll have fun watching this! We sure had fun making it!
Greetings from Finland!

Wednesday 31 December 2014

Moldova - Human Chain Reaction

Hi all,

This is the human chain reaction from Moldova!

We are excited to be part of this project!

Happy New Year to all of you!

Tuesday 30 December 2014

Sunday 21 December 2014

Thursday 18 December 2014

Croatia - The European Chain Reaction 2015

Croatian contribution to the biggest chain reaction in Europe :)

Latvia - ECR Latvia 2015 (ECHR)

Hello friends!

We are happy to be with you!!! Good luck to all of us! 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Armenia - Yerevan, Armenia, "Mkhitar Sebastatsi" Educational Complex

Hello everybody. We are happy to be here and to participate to this extraordinary project. Here we present the video, all the work of which was made by 8th grade students (idea, scenario, video shooting, editing and playing). Hope, you like it!

Austria - Austria´s HUMAN CHAIN REACTION!

Merry Christmas to all our friends !!!

Scotland - Human Chain Reaction

Hello from Scotland! The Primary 3/4 class, from Yester Primary School who are mostly 7 years old would like to introduce themselves to you here. We are looking forward very much to creating our Chain Reaction after the Christmas holidays, and we spent some time today enjoying all the other human chain reactions already on the blog. We'd like to wish all countries taking part "Good Luck" and we hope you all have a lot of fun creating your chain reactions!

Slovakia - The European Chain Reaction 2015: Human chain reaction from Slovakia

France - French Team




Germany - The European Chain Reaction 2015: Human chain reaction from Germany

Rasselbande- Germany ECR 2015 from Marko Hänel on Vimeo.

Hello everybody from Germany,

our children are 3-6 years old and they really like to build with little bricks and other materials, but they can also create a human chain reaction as you can see in the video. We love to watch your videos and we are very excited to be part of this great challange.

merry christmas and a happy new year
from Germany
Kindergarten Rasselbande

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Bulgaria - The Bulgarian Human reaction

The students from 4th grade, 122nd Primary school, Sofia, Bulgaria, were created the logo's models from LEGO. They worked in teams and made two mirror images. It was fantastic! The students' creativity is wonderful! Enjoy the movie!

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Monday 15 December 2014

Israel - The Human Chain Reaction of Israel

Hello kids, here is our Human chain reaction- hope you will like it
Osishkin School, Ramat Hasharon , Israel

Sunday 14 December 2014

Slovenia - HCR

ECR 2015 - Human from Slovenia

Here is our work for this great project. Pupils from 4a and 4b prepare chain for you.
We all wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday 13 December 2014

Norway - Human Chain Reaction from Norway

Hi, everybody!
Last week we played a bit with "stop motion". Here's the result - all the pupils of the 6th grade in a long, moving row.....
We are now looking forward to our next task: The "real" chain reaction....

Ukraine - Human Chain Reaction

Here is the Human Chain Reaction from  2B  and 3B  Bila Tserkva Gymnasia#1, Ukraine. Hope you enjoy it. Good luck.

Friday 12 December 2014

Portugal - Chain Reaction 2015

The students from EB 1 António Vitorino in Vieira de Leiria, Portugal are participating for the first time in ECR! Students are aged between 8 and 9 years. It was a great challenge and a wonderful experience. We are already thinking about the next! Now we use to see the work of our colleagues in other countries.

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Poland - Human Chain Reaction from Poland

Sweden - Human Chain Reaction

Sweden is participating for the first time in ECR! This Human Chain Reaction-clip shows some of the kids who are participating and who are eagerly testing and trying out how to do the best chain reaction models at school. The kids are in the age of 6-8 years old. We have been enjoying ourselves looking at the other school´s entries and wish all schools good luck. At the same time we are really happy to be part of something this big together with you. Lets bring Europe together and may the best chain reaction win.
Regards/Johan and the kids at Rödebyskolan

Sunday 7 December 2014

Saturday 6 December 2014

Belgium - Human Chain Reaction

Hi all,

This year 28 very motivated young Einsteins will present Belgium in the anniversary edition of The European Chain Reaction!

We hope you may enjoy our human chain reaction, which was created with a lot of enthusiasm.

We look forward to watching all your presentation videos and we are interested to find out which technical chain reactions you all are producing at this moment!

Kind regards,

The year-6-pupils at Qworzó - Belgium

ECR2015 Belgian Human Chain Reaction from ECR2014 on Vimeo.

Friday 5 December 2014

Iceland - Human Chain 2014 from Iceland - Flataskóli

Hello from Iceland
Here comes the Human Chain Reaction from 4th grade in Flataskóli - Iceland. Hope you enjoy it.
The children worked in groups and made many different chains. We are looking forward to see all the other chains that will be put on this blog. 
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Finland - Welcome to the circus!

This is the introduction video of the Finnish kids!

Welcome to the circus with this human chain reaction!

Let's all have a great project together! Good luck!


Cyprus - Human Chain Reaction from Cypriot students

Monday 1 December 2014

Denmark - Vibeholmskolen, Ishøj, Denmark

Greetings from 6b, Vibeholmskolen, Denmark!

Here is the Human Chain Reaction 2015 from 6b, Vibeholmskolen, Ishøj, Denmark.
We look forward to seeing all of the amazing chain reactions!

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Spain - Hello from Catalonia!

Here is a human chain reaction from Casa Nostra school in Catalonia. Enjoy!

Sunday 23 November 2014

Finland and Ohkola school are joining once again!

Great to be part of this project for the fourth time!

Ohkola school in Mäntsälä will represent our country, Finland, again!
This time the fourth and fifth graders will build the chain reaction together, since they study together at the same class and same teacher this year. 27 pupils all together!

Good luck for everyone and have fun!


Thursday 31 July 2014

The rules of the game...

The European Chain Reaction 2015 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 2014)!

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 19th 2014
- You and your class will have until Friday 23rd January 2015 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 Thursday January 29th 2015.
On Friday January 30th 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 February 2nd 11:00
(Brussels time). 
- On Monday February 2nd 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 2015 really is! The winning school will be sent a specially commissioned trophy, but above all 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 2015-project is for primary 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 all 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 23rd January 2015. 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 23rd Januray, as each country will then need to watch all the entries and judge them during the following week- Monday 26th - Thursday 29th  January.

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 Friday 30th  January, so the pupils of Dave can create and record the newsflash on who is the winner of the project on Friday January 30th. 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 February 2nd 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