A science experiment involving more than 2,300 students in 26 schools took place this week. It was all part of an attempt to set a world record for the world’s biggest practical science lesson in multiple venues.
The school girls were all aged from 10 to 15 and are pupils of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) – a group of independent schools across the UK. The experiments took place last Thursday (November 15) to mark the 140th anniversary of the GDST and they included students measuring the time taken for an object to drop a set distance and also a swinging pendulum.
Helen Fraser, GDST chief executive, witnessed the experiment take place with 150 girls at Putney High School in London. To break the record a minimum of 1,000 pupils were needed across at least 10 schools with a minimum of 25 pupils per school. However, the students and staff involved will have to wait a few weeks before official confirmation comes through of the world record. CAPTION: Record attempt: Students at Putney High School in London measure a swinging pendulum as part of the mass science lesson