Galt goes for a world record!

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

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.

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