Bubbly Maths wizards attempt largest Balloon Pyramid to raise funds for African learners

By Shane Tyas | 07 March 2014

A Guinness World Record attempt will boost African learners and make mathematics more fun

A photo of a pyramid on grass made up of layers of purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red balloons
Big-scale balloon building in Cambridge© Bubbly Maths
An enthusiastic team of Mathematicians and balloon artists are planning to take the mathematical world by storm next week by creating the world’s largest balloon pyramid.

The two groups, Bubbly Maths and the Pyraloons, will make their Guinness World Record attempt in six short hours at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival.

A photo looking up at a pyramid structure made out of yellow, red and orange balloons
© Bubbly Maths
The Sierpinski Pyramid will be eight metres long, seven metres deep and 6.5 metres high, made of 2,048 red balloons and 1,024 small pyramids.

As well as attempting to break a new record, the structure is being built to help raise money for the African Institute Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre, a small organisation which changes the lives of thousands of children in South Africa each year by providing disadvantaged youngsters with the substantial education they need.

On top of raising money for the Centre, the team of maths whizzes are hoping to make their subject more enjoyable and entertaining for children who struggle with it.

“The wonderful thing about out Guinness World Record attempt is that it is based on making maths playful and intriguing to all levels,” says Caroline Ainslie, the founder of Bubbly Maths.

The Pyraloons – a collection of professional entertainers ranging from balloon modellers to clowns – regularly help raise funds for the Centre in inventive, fun ways.

The festival, which will run for a fortnight, begins on March 10 2014.

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