Algarve students make bid for Guinness paper planes Record
Last Friday, nine hundred students from schools in the Algarve municipalities of Loulé and Quarteira took part in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for making paper planes.
The record is currently held by Singapore with 800 paper planes made in 15 minutes. The Loulé students were each given five sheets of paper with the mission of making between three and five flawless paper planes to be validated for the final overall tally.
They are believed to have managed to make more than 2,600 valid paper planes in 17 minutes.
The record was also simultaneously attempted by 122 students from a school in the Czech Republic, 252 students in Brazil, and 150 pupils in Slovenia.
Physics and chemistry teacher Ana Luísa Gonçalves, from the school in Quarteira, who is responsible for the project, said the record-setting attempt came about to help students understand more about science, physics and the mechanics of flight.
Given the amount of paper used in the attempt, the organisers and Loulé town hall have committed to planting three new trees and will be donating the used paper to a social welfare institution.
Organisers now have the task of counting all the valid planes, and, along with footage from local and aerial filming of the event as well as witness reports, send all the necessary details and evidence off to Guinness in the hope of becoming the new record-holders.