Volunteers and participants are in high demand for Saturday, Sept. 14, as Iowa Lakes Community College, the Clay County Fair, and the Northwest Iowa STEM Regional Hub attempt to set a GuinnessTM World Record for the Largest Practical Science Lesson.
“We need at least 1,500 people to participate to ensure we break the previous record, but we have room for up to 4,500,” commented Valerie Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes. “If we set the record, we definitely don’t want anyone breaking it anytime soon – so we need lots of helpers!”
As an additional incentive (as if being part of a world record wasn’t unique enough) those participating have an opportunity to win tickets to the Scotty McCreery show that evening, or one of several all-day ride wristbands for the carnival at the fair.
“This World Record attempt is about doing science, not just seeing it,” said Kari Webb, Northwest Regional Manager of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Initiative. “Every member of the audience will become a part of the World Record attempt by completing two separate ‘hands-on, brains-on’ science experiments. All area residents, ages kindergarten and up are invited to participate!”
However, just having the people in attendance is only part of the equation.
“As part of the guidelines set forth by Guinness, we also need Stewards to assist and monitor participants and sign off at the end of the event saying we followed the rules,” said Trish Morfitt, one of the event coordinators.
Stewards need to be at least 18 years old, and cannot be affiliated with Iowa Lakes or the Clay County Fair. Volunteers for this position will get a free ticket to the fair as well as a T-shirt.
Gates to the U.S. Cellular Grandstand open at 10 a.m. - a little earlier than previously announced - to accommodate counting everyone as required by the record guidelines. Doors will close promptly at 10:50 a.m., so those planning to participate should take into consideration the extra time needed for traffic, parking and walking to the event.
Anyone interested in volunteering as a Steward should contact Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-362-7944. Those planning to participate as ‘classroom attendees’ can simply show up on Saturday.