Welcome to your opportunity to become a

Guinness World Record Holder


Tuesday, 3rd November 2015

WHY are we doing this?

Our objective is to create a GREAT event where every learner and facilitator enjoys the process of learning maths through science. We would love to open eyes and minds to the relevance of maths and science in “real life” AND we are also raising funds for a very special cause:

AIMSSEC – African Institute for Mathematical Sciences School Enrichment Centre; Supporting Disadvantaged African Children to Raise themselves out of Poverty through Sustainable Education


WHAT will we be doing?

We will be attempting:

1. World’s Largest Balloon Class (Mass Participation, Multi Venue Record). Learning to twist balloons and join them together to make a DNA double helix – There will be a minimal charge for balloons and pumps (not available in all countries).

2. World’s Largest Practical Maths and Science Class (Mass Participation, Multi Venue Record). Activities and resources will be provided to deliver a 100 minute class that has been designed by a collaboration between writers from nrich.maths.org and maths and science teachers from the Cambridge Maths Hub school.

All participants will be world record holders for the above two mass Participation, Multi Venue Records, there are two additional World Records available to be awarded to individual schools for making the:

3. The World’s Longest DNA Double Helix made from Modelling Balloons and

4. The World’s Longest DNA Double Helix made from Paper (subject to Guinness Approval)

WHO can participate?

Everyone! We believe the age group that will be most interested will be 7 to 13 year olds. We are preparing a 100 minute science/maths class specifically for ages 10 to 13 (years 6 to 8 in England). There will be investigations provided for other ages from 3 to 18. If you will be competing for the World’s Longest DNA Strand (balloon or paper), then the larger the group the better! Schools and home education groups across the UK have already expressed interest in being involved and organisations in several countries around the world will be organising the World Record Attempt, making it a global event.

WHERE do we participate?

In your school, community hall or venue of your choice. We will provide a free certificate of participation for all participants in the form of a downloadable pdf. All participants (including parents) will be able to order an official Certificate of Participation direct from Guinness World Records once our mass participation attempt is approved. FYI Visit the Guinness certificate ordering page here (cost £20).

HOW will we know what to do?

Register your interest now by filling in the form, let us know approximate numbers and we will let you know what the Guinness guidelines are to prove your participation as soon as Guinness provides them. Participants in the largest balloon class will be given instructions on obtaining the necessary balloons and pumps, which will vary according to country. There will be a minimal charge for balloons and pumps.




Self Duplicating DNA double Helix

Thousands of schools around the world in Europe, India, Africa, South America, Australia and Asia will take part in this cross curricular 100 minute lesson for learners of ages 10 to 14 on the Guinness World Records Day – Tuesday, 3 November 2015.  All classes will use the free teaching resources, worksheets and teachers notes which will be downloadable from the NRICH website. Resources for younger and older learners will also be available.

A short video will show you how to make models of the DNA double helix and each learner will make their own model. The lesson will explore the way DNA replicates itself, how the DNA code characterises each living organism and gives a ‘database’ of all the information an organism needs to survive, grow and reproduce, and how DNA is used to identify one individual from another.

Genomes of a butterfly and owls

Genomes of a butterfly and owls

For the second half of the lesson teachers will be able to choose from a wide range of activities for which worksheets, resources and teachers notes will be provided, to include: problem solving, functions, codes, pattern recognition, measuring, scale, large and small numbers and representation in standard form, statistics, sequences, permutations, repeated doubling in a DNA dance, the structure and chemistry of DNA, the use of DNA in identifying characteristics of cells and in forensic science.

Teachers will submit a photo of their class with the models they have made as proof of participation, and will get a free certificate from NRICH, Bubbly Maths & HeyMath and a template to print certificates for each learner who took part. We hope to achieve a Guinness World Record and feature in the Guinness World Record Book.

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