By Jason Benksin
Students at Rushcliffe School wholeheartedly embraced British Science week last month, and amid their involvement in a wealth of science based activities have found themselves as Guinness World Record holders.
Head of science at Rushcliffe School, Chris Malloney, told the Local News: “We had a fantastic science week where we did lots of different activities including attempting to break a world record with 520 students are carrying out the same experiment at once”
Chris continued: “We managed to get 521 students to carry out an Elephants Toothpaste chemical reaction experiment, in an attempt to break a world record that was set at 250 people. We sent the evidence to Guinness who I am pleased to say confirmed our record and have recently sent us a certificate.
British Science Week, which is promoted by the British Science Association, looks to celebrate all sciences and their importance in our everyday lives. It provides an opportunity for people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering and technology events and activities.
In addition to the world record attempt, pupils competed to build the tallest towers from only a 50g of spaghetti and a small bag of mini marshmallows – the winning team managed over a meter. Year 7 students competed in a paper aeroplane design and build competition where there were prizes for the planes that flew the greatest distance and had the longest flight times – some of the students spend considerable time researching and testing different designs and the winning planes were real feats of engineering.
Pupils & staff regarded the week as a huge success and are looking forward to being involved again in 2019.