Galt goes for a world record!
LastFriday in the school’s cafeteria, Alexander Galt Regional High School (AGRHS) cycle one students tried to break the world record for the largest practical science experiment at multiple locations. The activity launched National Science and Technology Week, which runs from October 12th to the 21st.
The activity came from the initiative of Science Canada (www.science. qc.ca) and involves teachers from across Canada teaching the same lesson plan on The Bernoulli’s Principle at the same time. That important principle involves the movement of fluids, or gases, through a pressure difference. The event at AGRHS, the only school in the Eastern Townships that took part, took place from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM and involved almost 400 students.
“When we came across this idea we were instantly attracted to the idea of being part of something so big and potentially historic. This is one of the things that students will remember about school, memories for a lifetime. It is not so much about Bernoulli’s Principle, as it is not part of the QEP at cycle 1, but more about providing our students with an experience and an opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves. Whether or not the attempt is
successful, it will be a great opportunity for our students to learn a practical science concept while having fun,” expressed Jodi Coleman, a teacher at AGRHS involved in the event.
The process has been a lot of work. The cycle 1 Science team said “Guinness” has strict rules on how things need to be done in order to be valid.
The next step is sending all the data to Science. gc.ca to have the attempt validated and then the cross-Canada results will be sent to Guinness to see if Canada broke the record. 135 locations across Canada participated at the same time in this experiment.
Galt students (left to right) Shakina MacFarlane, Brittany Mosher, Nathan Stevenson and Austin Waller took part in the cross-country experiment that attempted to break a Guinness world record.