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Pass it on! Pupils at the Big Bang Fair smash Guinness World Record

An incredible team of 200 schoolchildren have blasted the World Record for the fastest-ever Pupil Pipeline, moving 10 litres of water – using only cups – in just 16 minutes and 32 seconds.

17 Mar 2016

Can you imagine what it feels like to be ‘Officially Amazing’?

Today 200 schoolchildren can, after they broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest-ever Pupil Pipeline at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

The team passed 10 litres of water across their team, using only cups (and without dripping a drop!) in 16 minutes and 32 seconds – smashing the previous record of 30 minutes exactly.

Watch the record breakers in action:


The World Record attempt was hosted by TV presenter and children’s author Jason Bradbury, best-known as the face of Channel 5’s The Gadget Show.

“In our hyper-connected, tech-savvy world it may be easy to forget that 650 million people are still living without basic resources like clean water, and that more people have a mobile phone than a toilet,” he says.

“Let’s hope this successful World Record attempt will encourage the next generation of scientists, tech gurus and engineers to think about the importance of water."

Fantastic, fun and educational

The World Record attempt took place as part of our Pupil Pipeline challenge – a fun and educational activity that inspires students to get clean, safe water to children who need it most.

Children like those from Manakambahiny village in rural Madagascar, who sent pupils a ‘good luck’ message before their record-breaking exploits.

Pupils from a school in Manakambahiny village, Madagascar. Schoolchildren from Manakambahiny sent the students a good luck message.

The village’s primary school doesn’t have a supply of safe water and there’s nowhere for pupils to wash their hands, meaning that both teachers and students find it very difficult to concentrate in class.

But thanks to our supporters’ fantastic fundraising, WaterAid will be working in Manakambahiny and its school over the next year to provide safe water, taps and toilets.

And if you're feeling inspired by our record breakers, teachers can set up their very own Pupil Pipeline, with events already taking place up and down the country.

Take on the challenge now >