It appears that a new GuinnessTM Record will go in the record books, pending official verification from Guinness TM officials.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, Iowa Lakes Community College, the Clay County Fair, and the Northwest Iowa STEM Regional Hub attempted to set a GuinnessTM World Record for the Largest Practical Science Lesson.
Setting a record isn’t easy as GuinnessTM record keepers expect certain criteria to be met.
“We officially had 771 participants at the U.S. Cellular Grandstand for the experiment,” said Trish Morfitt, Writing and Marketing/Media Assistant for Iowa Lakes and a key organizer of the event.
Those who attended the event will remember it.
“We’ve heard back from individuals that they not only learned something at this event, but that they also had fun and were truly engaged in what was happening on stage,” said Kari Webb, Northwest Regional Manager of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Initiative.
The Fair, STEM Regional Hub and Iowa Lakes were aided in making the event possible with support from the Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation to assist with the purchase of supplies for the experiments.
Besides having numerous people at the event, other guidelines organizers had to meet included having hands-on experiments in which each participant joined; officials to ‘oversee’ and ensure that all attending were actively involved; and two neutral administrators to supervise the event.
In addition, the college joined with the television production staff at Spencer Municipal Utilities to record the event simultaneously on multiple cameras. They were aided by a couple secondary students and instructor from Algona High School as well as the Assistant Professor and two students in the Broadcast Media Program of Iowa Lakes.
The videos, along with copies of cards (on which participants recorded what they learned with each experiment) and an official ‘summary’ of the event have been sent priority to the Guinness Adjudication Office in the United Kingdom.
Official judges will review the materials and then advise the college if the GuinnessTM record will become a part of the history of GuinnessTM Records.
It is expected to take several weeks before any announcement will be made.
A student has his eyes fixed on the beach ball which was ‘suspended’ in air as part of the science lesson given during the attempt to break a GuinnessTM record. Brian Bristow, Associate Professor, assists the student.