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STEM students break world record for Sierpinski triangle

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It took 300 hundred students about two hours to break a Guinness World Record for their Sierpinski triangle.

During STEM day at SFA students got hands on learning experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Keith Hubbard says the idea came from a math club in North Carolina that built a Sierpinski triangle that was nine feet tall.

"Our hope is both to do this faster than anyone has ever done it before and there is also a chance we might hit the 13ft unsupported. No one's ever hit the 13 feet unsupported now if we need the support we'll still be faster we believe than anyone else," said  Keith Hubbard, Associate Professor of Mathematics.

"We're hoping to introduce them to things that they've not seen before they are able to use information that they may not have been exposed to in high school and we're hoping to get them excited about science, math and really have fun with it today," said Julie Sanifer, K-12 Coordinator of Outreach.

The kids made 4,000 thousand individual pyramids to create the final product.

 It was 13 feet tall and stood on its own for eight seconds.

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