Students at Hamilton’s McMaster University need help to break world record

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Published April 13, 2022 at 10:03 am

Students at Hamilton's McMaster University need help to break world record
Students at Hamilton's McMaster University are trying to set a Guinness World Record with your help.

Students at Hamilton’s McMaster University are trying to set a world record with the help of the community – all while trying to help the environment.

Several student groups are collaborating to break the Guinness World Record for the largest online quiz. They will need at least 2,400 community members to participate

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Adam El-Kadi is a third-year Bachelor of Health Sciences student who is helping to organize the event.

“We wanted to do something big,” he says. “We’ve been online (learning) for two to three years now and it’s taken a toll on a lot of students. We wanted to mark the end of the online era with something really big — the largest online Kahoot!”

Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that allows users to generate their own multiple-choice questions.

Participants will be able to log on and take part in an hour-long live stream experience that has been curated by the student groups. El-Kadi promises videos, trivia, a live chat, prizes, and an entertaining and fun experience.

“It won’t be anything you have to do homework,” El-Kadi assured. “Really, the big thing we’re going for is to bring the McMaster community together.”

“We’re a community that really comes together when it’s time for it,” he added

The group has teamed up with #TeamTrees, a U.S.-based fundraising group that plants trees all around the world. Organizers say one tree will be planted for every dollar raised through the online quiz.

“(#TeamTrees) is a big movement that has raised over $20 million. So, we’re going to add to that pot,” says El-Kadi.

The students behind the initiative are focused on environmental and sustainability issues and want to use this event to advocate for climate action.

The attempt to break the Guinness World Record takes place at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Apr. 13). More information and registration for the event can be found at macworldrecord.ca/signup.

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