Monday, June 3, 2013
Longest human electrical circuit: Texas school breaks Guinness world record
NACOGDOCHES, TX, USA -- Thomas J. Rusk Academy (TJR) fourth grade science teacher Michael Armand organized a successful record attempt; with TJR principal Malinda Lindsey serving as the central link, 669 staff and pupils of TJR formed an electrical circuit wich sets the new world record for the Longest human electrical circuit,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Linked hand in hand, teachers, students, staff and even a few visitors at Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts formed a world record-setting 669-person human electrical circuit. (enlarge photo)
The previous Guinness world record for the longest human electrical circuit was formed by staff and pupils of Merrill Middle School, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA on 2 june 2010. The circuit consisted of 378 people and was powered by a low voltage powerball.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest chain of electrical extension cables; it measured 16,000 m (52,493.4 ft) and was comprised of 640 individual extension cables by MVV Energie AG (Germany) in Mannheim, Germany.
The school decided to challenge the current Guinness world record -- 392 people -- after Armand worked with his students on a miniature version in class.
One of the students asked Armand what the world record was for the number of people in a circuit, and the teacher decided to pursue the idea.
After a few practice runs, the school lined the perimeter of the playground. When instructed, they linked hands.
TJR principal Malinda Lindsey served as the central link, holding the golf-ball sized, low-voltage energy ball that linked the rectangle of students and staff together.
The ball blinked red and made beeping sounds while the circuit remained complete.
Community members and officials helped serve as the witnesses and stewards, as required. Former mayor Judy B. McDonald, Nacogdoches Chief of Police Jim Sevey, Etech employees and NISD school board members Matt Rocco and Alan Sowards were among those on hand.
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