On Friday 30th October, BSB hosted a very special event. There are not many academic Guinness World RecordTM attempts recorded throughout the history of the Book of World Records.
Last year, more than 500 students participated in a similar activity with the same goal: Producing the World’s Largest Mathematics Jigsaw Puzzle. Unfortunately, time - and school buses - were against us, and our then matched 2000-odd puzzle pieces could not be brought together completely.
This year, 75 volunteering students from Secondary worked for 24 hours - some without sleep. The puzzle contained 5200 pieces and we managed to put together 3350! We are very confident that this will be a new record. Unless GWRTM finds a fatal flaw in our evidencing technique…
This was the first event in our new amphitheatre building. Students thoroughly enjoyed the space they had, the acoustics and the places where we provided pizza and drinks. Some students decided to sleep during the late hours on mattresses in the MPR but most preferred a power nap on chairs or just where they were working. There was a great atmosphere of determination and persistence. In particular the Y7 and Y8 students adamantly worked on one specific problem that defied a solution for 23 hours! Some Y11 and Y12 students single-handedly solved all of the hardest Y13 mathematics that I could come up with.
Well done to everyone involved!!!
In addition, we raised nearly 25,000 RMB for The Deaf and Mute School, Beijing. Thank you for all the sponsorship and support!
Update from: Mr. Simon Alles, Secondary Mathematics Teacher