A Record Breaking World Water Day

24 Mar 2012                   

Over 300 students and teachers from Anderson Secondary School made history on Singapore’s World Water Day 2012 on 24 March, with an entry in Singapore Book of Records for constructing the largest floating raft made from drink cans. Following the event, the raft will be dismantled after the event and the funds collected from selling the cans will be donated to charity, shared Ms Leow Hwee Fen, the teacher-in-charge.

A look behind the scenes: the making of the largest floating raft @ Sengkang Floating Wetland

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That Saturday morning, the students were split up into different groups, each tasked with constructing different parts of the raft, such as its deck, bow and stern. 

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More than 300 Secondary 1 students participated in this record-breaking event. It was tedious work putting the cans together – each can had to be painstakingly sealed with tape to prevent water from entering.

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At least 2000 recycled drink cans were used in the construction of this raft. In total, students spent more than 2 months collecting the cans for use. 

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MP for Sengkang West Constituency Dr Lam Pin Min placing the last 2 cans on the raft with Anderson Secondary School Principal Mr Mark Lo

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All set for the launch – Anderson Secondary School teacher-in-charge Ms Leow Hwee Fen (left) surveys the completed raft. 

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A sailing success! To break the record in the Singapore Book of Records, the raft had to be at least 3m long and remain afloat while making its way across the reservoir. The raft, measuring 4.33m in length and 1.04m in width, was constructed using more than 2000 recycled aluminium cans. 

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Setting a new record – (from L to R) Singapore Book of Records Auditor Ms Mariati presents the certification to Anderson Secondary School Principal Mr Mark Lo for constructing the largest floating raft made from drink cans, with Guest-of-Honour Dr Lam Pin Min.

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Anderson Secondary also set up a booth to educate visitors on good water-saving habits such as installing water-saving devices in their household taps.

By The Partners of World Water Day 2012

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