World Records in Education

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Today is the Guinness World Records Day, and we thought we’ll talk to you about some stellar achievements in the field of education today. But first, let’s learn a little about these awards.

The first Guinness Book of World Records was compiled in 1954, and only a 1000 copies of it were published. The book was a result of an argument between Sir Hugh Beaver and his fellow hunters about the fastest game bird in Europe. They realized, a ready reckoner of such facts didn’t exist. And so, Sir Beaver got together with Norris and Ross McWhirter to create the first documentation of all kinds of records they could research and classify. Everything, since then, has been history!

Here are few incredible feats of education/learning/teaching documented in the Record Book –

  1. Largest Practical Science Lesson
    This record is held by Queensland Schools in Australia, where, on 12th August 2016, 2900 people congregated in one place for a practical science lesson on magnetic fields. This event was held as a prelude to the National Science Week.
  2. Largest DNA Helix formed by Humans
    This record was achieved by Medical University of Varna, located in Bulgaria, on 23rd April 2016. On this date, 4000 participants arranged themselves in the formation of a human DNA’s double helical structure on the South Beach, in Varna, on the coast of the Black Sea.
  3. Largest Reading Lesson
    A whooping 11,137 readers participated in the record-breaking event for the largest reading lesson. The record was won by New Era Health Industry Group, located in Beijing China. The date of the record was 21st April 2017, when this group of 11 thousand people successfully managed to read for 40 minutes. Can you guess the location where such a large number of people came together? Well, of course, the Great Wall of China!
  4. Longest Career as a Teacher
    This record is held by Medarda de Jesus Leon de Uzcategui from Venezuala, who taught for 87 years! That is almost how long people stay alive. She taught from 1911 to 1998. In fact, she was merely 12 when she and her two sisters set up a school in Caracas, Venezuela, named Modelo de Aplicacion. After her marriage in 1942, she opened her own school in the same city, called Escuela Uzcategui.
  5. Largest Chemistry Lesson
    The world’s largest Chemistry lesson took place on 5th May 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium. The record is held by Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre and Essenscia, the Federation of Flemish Chemical and Life Sciences. 1018 students participated in this lesson conducted by both these entities, where in, students of grade 5 and 6 learnt how to make slime and hair gel!

So interesting, right? Records make one believe that if human beings set their eyes on something, it becomes achievable. Do go through this document of great human and natural feats and see which ones fascinate you.

Happy Exploring!