Gympie State High students Louise Lindsley-McCubbin, Jake Hill and Steph Grima check the temperature in the school grounds.
Gympie State High students Louise Lindsley-McCubbin, Jake Hill and Steph Grima check the temperature in the school grounds. Contributed

Schools go down in history

GYMPIE State High School and Gympie High teamed up with The Weather Channel to attempt the world’s largest interactive weather report as part of National Science Week.

The local schools were two of 152 Queensland schools, and 502 schools nationally, attempting to break the Guinness World Record by measuring their playgroup’s temperature at midday AEST Wednesday.

Highest temperatures of the day came from Gympie High, which recorded 23.5C; and Mutchilba State School, near Mareeba, which recorded 40C.

The results were submitted to The Weather Channel and broadcast as part of the channel’s ‘The Big Report’ at 6 that evening.

The broadcast trounced the previous record held by the BBC, in the UK, which had 261 schools submit the temperature.

“We’re absolutely over the moon that we’ve managed to beat the record and thrilled that so many schools participated,” said senior meteorologist for The Weather Channel Dick Whitaker, who travelled to Stanwell State School near Rockhampton in Queensland for the event. “It’s been wonderful to be involved in a project where country kids, indigenous kids and inner city kids have all been united in one common goal.”

“I have seen hundreds of record being broken, but nothing thrills me more than one that involves thousands of children who not only experience the joy of taking part, but who also gain valuable knowledge along the way,”said The Guinness World Records’ Chris Sheedy.  

The Big Report was also simulcast live on the Nickelodeon channel.

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