Delaware Tech Camp Kids Help Build a World Record

STANTON - When a group of Delaware Tech campers arrived at the Stanton Campus on a rainy Thursday in August, they did not know that their day’s activities would include attempting to beat a Guinness World Record. But that’s exactly what they ended up doing when they constructed a section of a Lego tower to add to Red Clay Consolidated School District’s attempt at the tallest free-standing Lego tower.

The school district began their quest in May, as students began construction of a student-built, student-designed tower. Since 1980, the world record for tallest tower made from Lego bricks has been set 43 times, with only three of those times in the United States. With the help of the community, the school district hoped to put Delaware on the map by beating the current 107 foot record.

Delaware Tech sponsored a section of the tower, which was constructed on August 19, 2013, at John Dickinson High School. With the help of Whiting-Turning Construction Managers and many community partners, the school district constructed a tower more than 112 feet tall and secured the world record. The project took more than 500,000 Lego bricks and weighs almost a ton.

Beyond the recognition, the project helps teach important concepts about science, engineering and math. Equally important, students came together to achieve a common goal. Fun, learning and beating a world record – just another day at Delaware Tech’s summer camps!

Photo – Camp kids – More than a dozen Delaware Tech campers helped to construct Delaware Tech’s section of the tower