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National science and technology week is a welcome opportunity to highlight two key sectors that will help this country continue to grow and prosper. But organizers weren’t content to leave it at that. Their goal: To break a Guinness World Record.

In 2007, publicly-funded science-driven organizations were told to make Canada a world leader in science and technology. High-level mandates included increasing collaboration between several institutions and individuals, including schools, government departments, and other scientists.

A key goal was to get Canadians excited about science. They apparently took this directive very seriously and, in 2012, decided to shatter expectations by breaking a world record in largest practical science lesson at multiple venues. The greatest challenge faced by the science.gc.ca team was the amount of data they needed to capture to meet Guinness standards. This included time capture, video footage, witnesses and volunteers. The data had to be presented to Guinness in a single and organized structured package. 

OPIN developed a content management system that would provide very specific pieces of user data to Guinness in real-time to support the effort and help organizers achieve their ambitious goal. The tool would amalgamate the data and provide input results directly to Guinness to help substantiate the record attempt that was being made. It worked. Guinness World Records confirmed on January 28, 2013 that Canada had set the world record for the largest practical science lesson at multiple venues. On October 12, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. EST, two experiments demonstrating the Bernoulli principle were performed simultaneously at 88 different locations such as classrooms, science centers and museums across Canada. The experiments involved a total of 13,701 participants (all of it accomplished on OPIN’s system) and resulted in a very high ROI for Natural Resources Canada. 

Setting a world record was a very ambitious goal that we could not have achieved without OPIN’s system.
Dariusz Burzynski Science and Technology Cluster, NRCAN
  • Project: Web CMS
  • Specs: Implementation of Drupal as a web content management system Customization of template to capture specific data

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