Going For A Record

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 10:12am

Students work to create world's longest paper chain.

The paper chain made by students at Connecticut's Masuk High School looks pretty impressive.

It measures more than a mile long.

What's even more impressive is there's a pattern to the chain.

Each link represents a digit of the mathematical constant, Pi.

The school is hoping to get into the guinness book of world records with the project.

Students worked for weeks trying to put it all together.

"We had to make strips of 50 digits each for each student, so they could make 50 digits and then attach it to the paper chain," says math teacher Mary Ahlers.

In the end the paper chain ended up being 75,000 links long, longer than any other record the school could find.

"We couldn't be underdone, so we figured we were going to go all the way, and do it right. It really got the kids excited that they were going to be in the book, or something like that, so it was a lot of fun," says math teacher Mary O'Rourke.

The school plans to send pictures and video of this paper chain to the Guinness Book of World Records to see if they will be awarded a world record.
 

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