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STEM Ambassador breaks World Record and is invited to Buckingham Palace

STEM Ambassador Matt Humphrey, an engineer from Anglian Water recently had the privilege of attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his volunteering achievement working with 60 students from Greater Peterborough University Technical College (GPUTC) to build the world’s biggest paper structure.

Matt said “It was a great privilege to be there and meet so many interesting people. I get a lot out of working as a STEM ambassador anyway but being invited to this really made ten years of volunteering and last year’s world record feel like it had paid off!”

Matt designed the world record breaking structure, made of nothing but paper and pritt stick, to get more young people to consider engineering as a career option. It took two days, almost 6,000 sheets of paper and several hundred paper cups to construct the pyramid which stood at 3.51 metres and was made from sheets of rolled up A4 recycled paper, secured with rolled paper pegs.

Matt said: “Almost everything we use on a daily basis is engineered; from the house you live in, the car you drive, to your water pipes. We want to inspire students to think differently about engineering and see a career in engineering for the varied and challenging role it is.”

This world record attempt gave the students the opportunity to learn how different materials can be used in construction, that different designs and engineering techniques can be used to create really strong structures, and get an appreciation of the processes and organisation that’s needed to build a giant structure.”

To see a time lapse video of the pyramid construction visit https://youtu.be/hnXgjy70KSQ


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