11-Story Lego Tower Built by Delaware Students Breaks Guinness World Record
Someone at the Red Clay School District in Wilmington, Delaware must really like Legos. On Monday the District set a Guinness World Record for the tallest Lego structure built using interlocking plastic bricks. The tower, which was made of more than 500,000 donated Lego bricks, measured 112 feet, 11 3/4 inches. That’s the equivalent of 11 stories!
More than set a record, building the enormous Lego tower helped the students of the Red Clay School District strengthen their sense of community. According to Delaware Online, each school in the district built its own sections of the tower during the final days of the past school year and over the summer. The district’s superintendent Merv Daugherty, who was hoisted in a crane to top the tower with a Lego schoolhouse, was pleased to see the schools come together to achieve this goal. “You get excited about this,” he said, “but I think the issue here is how a community can come together.” The district cheered when they heard Guinness World Record adjudicator Michael Empric announce they were now members of the Guinness family. The district beat the previous Lego tower record of 106 feet, 7 inches set in Prague in 2012.
The bricks were built around a metal cylinder supported by a maze of guy-wires, a safety structure allowed by Guinness to prevent the structure from toppling and injuring people.
In the video below, you’ll see the designs formed by the Lego designs along the tower’s walls, including colorful patterns, initials, and a Poke Ball. In the video, one observer says,
I think it’s really helped to bring people together. The message Dr. Daugherty’s been saying to our kids and our parents is that one kid and one brick wouldn’t be able to do this, but by everyone working together, everyone donating a few Legos, counting on our community and our corporate partners to make donations, we’ve been able to put this tower together without any district funds.”
via The Verge