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BSB Is the Guinness World Record TM Holder for “The Largest Mathematical Jigsaw Puzzle”

February, 2016
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bsb-student-participants1The British School of Beijing, Shunyi (BSB) is now the official Guinness World Record TM Holder for "The Largest Mathematical Jigsaw Puzzle" in the world with a new record of 3,348 completed pieces. The puzzle contained 5,200 pieces and the students managed to put together 3,348 pieces!

On 30 October 2015, a 24-hour ‘MATHathon’ started at 4pm and approximately 100 of BSB’s finest young minds aged 11-18 (with a few older staff members with an average age of 45.5 years) in the Secondary School worked on the monster task of assembling a mathematical jigsaw puzzle consisting of 5,200 pieces, which totaled nearly 8,000 math problems. And that was after a regular 7-hour school day! In the end, they smashed the previous record three-and-a-half-fold. The attempt finished on Saturday 31 October at 4pm with some very happy participants.

Students were fed and watered – 25 giant pizzas, 6 boxes of muesli, 6 liters of milk, 50 bananas and other pieces of fruit and a myriad of other local delicacies and drinks kept everyone energized while they spent a whole night with friends completing highly demanding mathematical tasks. There were Year 7 students working together with Year 10 students and Year 12 students completing university-level mathematics.

All of this was done in the name of charity. BSB raised approximately 23,000 RMB through sponsorship of the students. This money will be used to provide transport for 30+ students at a local deaf-and-mute school to visit Beijing sites and take part in a range of activities that they would otherwise not be able to do.

A massive THANK YOU should be given to all the students who put so much effort in turning this year’s MATHathon into a brilliant success story. 


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