To celebrate National Science Week, held from 11-19 August 2018, students in Years 3, 4 and 5 at Victorian schools Marymede Catholic College, St Mary’s Primary School Whittlesea, St Joseph’s Primary School Mernda and St Paul the Apostle Primary School Doreen attempted to break the Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Albert Einstein’.
Mr Craig Ondarchie MP, Cr Tom Joseph and Sgt Paul Davies (Victoria Police) were on hand to act as Independent Witnesses on behalf of Guinness World Record.
For the Guinness World Record attempt, students were required to present in full Albert Einstein costume including a wig, moustache, blazer, shirt, tie and dress pants.
They were then expected to stay in costume for 5 minutes for the attempt to be valid.
A total of 541 participants took part and have unofficially broken the World Record for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Albert Einstein, eclipsing the previous record of 304 (held by Black Pines School, California).
“The event provided us with a great opportunity to come together as a local community and take part in something which was extremely unique and exciting for all involved,” said Matthew Luczek, Registrar at Marymede Catholic College.
“It was an amazing sight and I am extremely proud of our participants from all four schools for embracing the attempt and really contributing to a great morning.”
The schools will now collate all of their evidence and send it to the Guinness World Record Headquarters in London for official verification.