I had a great time at the Emmett Middle School assembly today. The students were great: attentive, engaged, enthusiastic and helpful (I had some equipment to schlep for this one). There were about 570 5-8th graders and I was told 2 world records were set today: Longest Duration Balancing a Ladder on a Chin (5:32) and Longest time 5-8th graders kept silent (4:09 – previous ladder balance record).
I’m headed out to speak to students at the Emmett Middle School tomorrow, Sept. 29th about the importance of having a growth mindset. I want to help them see that if they believe in themselves, they can accomplish extraordinary things. I’ll juggle, balance and (hopefully) entertain as well. The grand finale will be a Guinness World Record attempt for Longest Duration Balancing a Ladder on a Chin. The current record is 4 minutes 9 seconds. The ladder has to be at least 8 feet tall and weight over 15.5 lbs (I couldn’t find an 8 foot one under 21 lbs…)
Another victory for STEM as another Guinness World Record falls. The team ran the Fit One Half Marathon to confirm I had the pool cue balanced on my finger for the entire distance. The old record of 8.95 miles was passed about 2/3s of the way in and the new record now stands at 12.93 miles. (The course was shortened due to construction). While the record wasn’t based on time, I’m thrilled that we finished in under 2 hours! 1:58:09. Brian even won his age group – way to go Brian!
Here’s the 47 second summary of 2 hours (+ months) of work.
Saturday, Sept 24th I’ll attempt to set the Guinness World Record for “Greatest distance traveled with cue balanced on a finger” during Boise’s FitOne run. The proceeds from the race benefit children in Idaho, and the youngest patients at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, all while promoting STEM education.
The doctors, nurses and advances in medical technology provided by STEM training serve these children in so many ways. The medical staff has the science education and training they need to diagnose and treat the children, and the advances in medical technology with imaging, prescriptions, and other diagnostic procedures are made possible by advances in science, technology, engineering and math.
Another record has fallen! (Or maybe it been been up’d?) The record is for longest duration balancing a bicycle on the chin. The number to beat was 2 minutes 1.45 seconds. It took 2 tries since I ran into the fence and just about dumped the bike into the pond at the 1:40 mark on the first attempt. The girl’s reaction in the video is great. The second try was a success and the new record is 2 minutes 36.66 seconds.
Summary of attempt (most of the balancing is at 16x speed)
Come on out to the Meridian Block party this Saturday (Sept. 17) from 10 AM – 5 PM at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park in Meridian near the Village. From 2 PM – 4 PM there’s the talent tournament that I’ll be competing in doing my standard juggling show a few times. At about 3:30 PM I plan to attempt to set the Guinness World Record for “Longest Duration Balancing a Bicycle on a Chin” to promote STEM education and give kids a tangible example that if they set their mind to a goal and pursue it with a passion, they can accomplish anything. The current record is 2 minutes and 1 second.
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.
Disqualified. ***Updated 10/20/16
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.
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Thank you to everyone who came out and participated!
Here are the 127 Selfies we took today!
Selfies 4 STEM – 7th Guinness World Record Attempt
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.