An attempt to break the world record for the ‘biggest simultaneous physics experiment in multiple venues’

26 November 2012

On 13 November, London and South East branch committee members were invited to South Hampstead High School (SHHS), London, to witness, and help steward, an attempt to break the world record for the ‘biggest simultaneous physics experiment in multiple venues’.

South Hampstead High School students

This event was orchestrated as part of the Girls’ Day School Trust’s (GDST) 140th anniversary celebrations to commemorate ‘women in science’. 

SHHS was just one of over 25 schools and academies within the GDST network simultaneously performing measurements to determine the Earth gravity; namely by performing ‘pendulum’ and ‘dropping a ball’ experiments.

Approximately 170 Year 6 and Year 7 pupils at SHHS took part in a makeshift gymnasium-based physics laboratory. The results from SHHS, along with all the other schools, have been passed onto Guinness Word Records for verification with an announcement from Guinness expected in the new year.