Jordan and Russell had to face and solve the two traditional and main problems of
a tall structure :-
There is a tendency for towers to fall over unless the structure has deep foundations
or a large base. (see Structures 1).
A tendency for tall towers to bend. All tall structures bend. However they must
not bend beyond a certain limit and then fracture. This is called buckling.
Jordan and Russell overcame these two notorious problems in the following manner;
According to instructions Jordan and Russell did not use a mallet and chisel to dig
out foundations in the desk.
They used instead strips of paper cut from the provided one sheet of A 3 drawing
paper. Employing the paper strips as guy ropes Jordan and Russell taped them in
the appropriate positions. These ropes tied the tower in place and kept it from
Distributing the material (paper in this case) as far from the principal axis centre
as possible the strength of a column is thereby greatly increased. This bears out
the well-known fact that a tubular section is much more efficient than a solid section
Keeping this fact in mind the Jordan and Russell used a series of different diameter
tubes/pipes/hollow cylinders, taped together, to make the main body of the tower.
This approach solved any buckling problem and ensured they broke the old record.
Ring the bells, blow the trumpets, set the heather on fire and phone the Daily Record.
It is very gratifying to realise that the school now, at last, holds a well deserved
World Record. Our first official World Record was gained by Jordan Lynch and Russell
Quinn at 3.15 pm on the 21st of May 2007.
The record has been verified, ratified, approved, certified, accepted and acknowledged
by the appropriate World governing bodies.
Jordan and Russell have shown great determination and courage in the face of almost
overwhelming odds. For years pupils have been trying to build the tallest free-standing
structure/tower by using onlyone sheet of A3 drawing paper (420 x 300). They have
also been given one 300 mm length of cellotape.
Tools provided-one pair of scissors, a pencil and a rule.
Great results have been attained. The record had stood at a legendary 1570 mm for
some time. The competition between pupils has been truly awesome. However out of
the blue, with no fanfare, came these two remarkable heroes. Jordan and Russell
combined together to push the record to new unprecedented heights. Using innovation,
invention and imagination they burst through the fabled barrier. They climbed their
Everest, gaining instant celebrity, applause and acclaim.
Select below to enlarge the pictures of the pupils building the Tallest Tower and
of course the new World Record.
Russell and Jordan are enjoying their recent elevation to celebrity status. Being
applauded everywhere one goes, being hailed by name by complete strangers in the
street, signing autographs by the score can be a delightful experience. The fact
that Heat, OK, and Hello magazines are planning a double page feature is an added
Probably the most exciting occurrence was when the producer of ‘I’m a Celebrity
get me out of here’ phoned the boys to beg them to appear in his new production.
Russell and Jordan’s agent is currently negotiating the terms of the deal.
Although sponsors are hammering on their doors, the boys in a recent BBC 6 o’clock
News interview played down speculation about a Hollywood career saying,' We appreciate
all the adulation. Nevertheless, we are determined to keep our feet on the ground
and finish our education.’