October 18, 2013 11:27 am
Updated: October 18, 2013 6:30 pm

Ontario science students take part in Guinness World Record attempt


ABOVE: World’s largest science lesson asks kids to make flight. Laura Zilke reports. 

TORONTO – Thousands of Canadians at hundreds of locations across the country are attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the largest science lesson on Friday.

Among those taking part are Ontario science students who have congregated at the Ontario Science Centre for the challenge.

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The event coincides with the launch of National Science and Technology week from Oct. 18-27.

Organizers say the 30 minute record-breaking lesson will take place at schools, science centres, community organizations or place of work across Canada and will happen simultaneously at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

At the Ontario Science Centre, students and visitors will construct and fly paper airplanes to learn about gravity and atmosphere on Earth, Mars and the Moon.

Last year, Canadians set the world record with 13,701 participants at 88 locations.

A video of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was posted on Youtube last month encouraging people to take part.

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