New York City, here I come! I’m taking STEM promotion on the road to the Big Apple to appear on the TODAY show. On Friday, Sept 9th during the 10AM slot (4th hour) with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, I’m going to attempt to set a blindfold speed juggling Guinness World Record on the TODAY show to help illustrate that if you set your mind to a goal and pursue it with a passion, you can accomplish anything. (I should be on around 10:15 AM w/previews starting earlier. I think it shows 10AM in most local time zones).
It’s not about the juggling, it’s about inspiring students to pursue STEM education – which is hard, just like setting world records. One of the problems is that when students struggle, they think they don’t have the gift or the natural talent for math or science. But it’s not about having natural talent; it’s about hard work, believing in yourself and getting access to the resources you need to fulfill your potential.
I was afraid this might happen. You have to pay attention to every detail, and I didn’t catch this one until I’d already completed the attempt. With 11 Guinness attempts, I suppose it was likely to happen at some point.
For the record, I agree with Guinness’ assessment.
“the same person cannot appear with the participant in more than one selfie.” There are two people (my official timers) that are standing behind you that are in 49 photos. Technically their entire face and neck are in focus and they appear with you in the pictures, disqualifying these 49 pictures.
I’ll have to try again sometime soon. It’s already been broken twice since The Rock set it, but my failed attempt still passes those marks and I’m sure I can do better.
We did it! 127 selfies in 3 minutes to break the old Guinness World Record of 118 Selfies. Idaho Day of Design overall was a success, with great sessions by Tinkercad and lots of booths of innovative and inspiring companies and organizations in Idaho.
The key to breaking this record was parallel processing. We used 2 lines of people and took selfies on both sides vs the single side like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson used. We proved once again, that if you set your mind to a goal and pursue it with a passion, you can achieve anything.
It also required lifting weights for a couple weeks to build arm strength, trying out 7 different cameras, 10 lenses, multiple lighting conditions, lots of individual practice, and a 100 person practice session.
Good luck to all you students out there (of every age) achieving your dreams.
Selfies 4 STEM – 7th Guinness World Record Attempt
On July 25, attend a day of free workshops and interactive experiences centered around 3D design with Tinkercad at Boise Centre on the Grove (convention center) AND be part of a Guinness World Record attempt.
You’ll also get a chance to not only witness but be part of setting a Guinness World Record at 12PM!
At noon I’ll attempt to set the Guinness World Record for most Selfies taken in 3 minutes. I’ll need at least 119 willing participants to take a picture with me, one at a time (preferably 150+). I watched Dwane “The Rock” Johnson set this record earlier this year (105) and Taylor Lautner fail to break it (101). I’m convinced that thinking about the problem in a new way and coming up with a better operational/engineering “design” is the key to not only beating the record but crushing the current record (118). (Hint: There is only 1 line for each of them and the cameras they’re using are not the best).
This is the one that comes with the coolest title of my 6 Guinness World Records. I’m still in denial: it doesn’t seem real, or even possible. There are so many jugglers far more talented and experienced than me… then again, they’re probably spending time practicing much more interesting things. According to Guinness World Record rules, I’m now the fastest juggler in the world with 3 balls (which has more catches than any other number of balls). I guess that means I have a legitimate claim (one of many) to the title: World’s Fastest Juggler.
Idaho’s Got Talent was a fun event run by KIZN radio 92.3. I made it to the top 20 to perform in the live finals. Then I qualified for the top 5 where I set the record in my live stage performance (live performances on stage with a time limit up the pressure 100-fold). I even got it on the first try which is the first time I’ve done that for a speed record. I only beat the previous record of 422 by 6 catches because my heart was about to explode from the adrenaline rush after I got about 30 seconds in. I ultimately finished 4th this year after finishing as the runner up last year (on a tiebreak).
I hope I was able to get my message across that you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it, work hard, and pursue it with a passion – including math and science.
On Saturday, June 4th I’ll be competing in the finals of Idaho’s Got Talent at the Village at Meridian form 11 AM – 1 PM. For my act finale, I’ll be attempting to set the Guinness World Record for Most Juggling Catches in a Minute (3 balls). It’s my most ambitious record attempt yet, as it would give me a legitimate claim to the title of “World’s Fastest Juggler”. The current record is 422 catches in 1 minute (over 7 per second!). My 4 and 5 ball speed records are 408 and 370 catches in a minute respectively.
Today I set my 5th Guinness World Record at the inaugural FIRST Robotics regional competition in Taco Bell Arena at Boise State. You’d think by now that the nerves wouldn’t get to me, but they still do. On my fifth try I had a 49.6 second run with 364 catches to beat the minimum Guinness threshold of 250.
There were hundreds of students competing with some very impressive robots vying for a spot at the national competition. FIRST is an amazing program that promotes STEM education through robotics, mentorship and gracious professionalism.
Lots of MIT connections: Don Bosse is the FIRST President and MIT alum, VP of development Mark Giordono is an MIT alum, and of course co-founder of FIRST, Woodie Flowers, was a longtime professor of 2.007 which is what FIRST was modeled after. I did the e to the u du dx cheer for them. Before setting the record, I told Jennifer’s story of getting involved with FIRST and how it inspired her to become and mechanical engineer and go off to MIT (and I’m so glad she did, since she’s far and away the best thing I got out of MIT)! And now she’s a walking, talking, woman in STEM success story.
Boise is hosting its first FIRST Robotics Regional competition at the Taco Bell Arena at BSU next weekend. It’s basically a competitive sporting event for academics. On April 2nd, after the 9AM morning rounds and before the Alliance selection (right before lunch), I’ll be talking to these motivated high school students about the importance of working hard, maintaining a positive mindset and some of the setbacks I once faced in a robot competition.
I’ll then attempt a Guinness World Record to claim title to the World’s Fastest Blindfolded Juggler. “Most juggling catches in a minute blindfolded (three balls)”.
The event is free and open to the public. Come watch these students and their robots compete and catch the juggling show around 10:45.
This record combines elements from two other records: blindfold and speed. It’s also the first record I’ll be attempting that’s new to Guinness (meaning there isn’t a person’s record I’m trying to beat, just a baseline of 250 catches in a minute). That makes sense, as there are probably only a handful of people in the world who can regularly juggle for a full minute blindfolded, let alone fast.
Tonight we raised over $20K for the Idaho STEM Action Center!
I set a 4th Guinness World Record in the process. Longest chainsaw balance on the chin: 3 minutes 1 second, beating the old world record by over a minute. I shared about how I had no coding experience before I got to MIT and how Jennifer decided to become a mechanical engineer in part due to FIRST Robotics. Then I asked for money to support 2 related STEM initiatives.
Thanks to the team: Witnesses: Lt. Governor Brad Little. Idaho State Board of Education Member David Hill. Delta Dental IT Director Cory Vaughn. Consultant for Idaho Secretary of State Chad Houck. MC Johnna Johnson from KBOI 2 News. Timers: Jack Ward from the YMCA and Mike Beacham from Idaho Power. Video: Becky Beacham, Photography: Jennifer Rush
After a 30-minute juggling show inspiring kids to pursue STEM education, I attempted to set the Guinness World Record for “Most juggling head rolls in a minute (three balls)”. I beat the previous record of 135 on the first try with 141 but had almost 18 seconds left when I dropped a ball. On the 2nd try I got 194.
Here’s the minute and 1 minute 44 second summary of the day:
CBS News 2 showed up and I gave a short interview about what I was up to and how I try to encourage kids to pursue Science and Technology while I have their attention with juggling.
Thanks to the team.
Thanks also to Kylee Granden at Cumulus media for inviting me and Tommy Collins at NASH FM 97.9 for the great radio voice introduction.