Pictured are: Students Liam Perryman, Lurleen Blackman, Taleah Prosser, Louise Trudgett-Klose and Grace Rose. Back left: Head of TSHS Science Department, Wendy Bode.
Year 10 science students from Thuringowa State High School recently had the opportunity to participate in the Guinness World record for the largest Science experiment.
The students travelled to Brisbane to join the 2,895 other students from 53 primary and secondary schools throughout Queensland who completed a 30-minute science lesson and experiment investigating magnets and magnetic fields at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.
JCU’s Division of Tropical Environments and Societies and the Division of Global Strategy and Engagement helped fund a number of local schools to travel down to Brisbane for the event.
After the Guinness World record was achieved, the students were entertained by ‘Science Steve’. They also spent the afternoon exploring South Bank, the Queensland Museum and the Art Gallery.
The previous record was 2102 students, held by an organisation in South Africa.
The event was organised as part of National Science Week.
Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett (pictured above with the Thuringowa SHS students) said recent research demonstrated that Queenslanders believed science was important.
“The majority of Queenslanders (76 per cent) perceive science as having a positive impact on our society while almost three quarters (72 per cent) see science as being critical for the Queensland economy,” Dr Garrett said.
An official adjudicator, representing Guinness World Records, oversaw the Queensland students’ record achievement. The previous world record for the largest practical science lesson involved 2,102 students and took place in South Africa last year.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland’s world record success made a positive statement about young peoples’ interest in science.
“I congratulate all the students who have set this impressive Guinness World Records title for the largest practical science lesson, she said.
“It’s fantastic to see young Queenslanders so enthusiastic about being involved in science.”
Science Minister Leanne Enoch said today’s event was an opportunity for young people to be inspired by science and also encourage students to further their studies in this dynamic subject.
“We know the jobs of the future will require skills in science, technology, engineering and maths, and today’s event shows Queensland students are preparing themselves for that future.”