Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Largest practical science lesson: Northern Ireland breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- The Guinness World Records' record for the largest science lesson was smashed in Belfast as about 1,339 schoolchildren took part in a colossal chemistry class; year 7 and 8 pupils from primary and secondary schools across Northern Ireland packed into the Odyssey Arena to participate in a mass chromatography experiment, setting the new world record for the Largest practical science lesson,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Year 7 and 8 pupils from primary and secondary schools across Northern Ireland packed into the Odyssey Arena to participate in a mass chromatography experiment. Confirmation that 1,339 pupils had officially participated in the lesson brought cheers as loud as those that usually reverberate around the arena when the Belfast Giants ice hockey team is playing. Photo: Press Association (enlarge photo)
The previous Guinness World Records' record for the largest practical science lesson consists of 982 participants and was achieved by The Rodillian Academy (UK) in Lofthouse, West Yorkshire, UK, on 15 July 2014.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest physics lesson; it involved 5,401 participants during a presentation by Steve Spangler Science (USA) at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, USA, on 7 May 2009. The presentation was featured as part of NBC Denver affiliate 9News' first "Weather & Science Day Event".
This was one overcrowded classroom no-one was complaining about, as the existing Guinness World Records' record of 982 was not only broken but obliterated.
Confirmation that 1,339 pupils had officially participated in the lesson brought cheers as loud as those that usually reverberate around the arena when the Belfast Giants ice hockey team is playing, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
This event was run by the Royal Society of Chemistry and was supported by British Council. Stormont's Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry was there to see the record broken.
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