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WKU graduate helps set world record

WKU graduate Jason Lindsey (left) was part of a record-setting balloon event. (Photo courtesy of Fred Lynch, Southeast Missourian.)

WKU graduate Jason Lindsey (left) was part of a record-setting balloon event. (Photo courtesy of Fred Lynch, Southeast Missourian.)

Bowling Green native and WKU graduate Jason Lindsey helped set a Guinness World Record for the “Most Balloons Blown up in an Hour” in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

“The residents of southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky blew up 852 balloons in an hour breaking the previous record of 600 balloons at the third annual Science Day event,” said Lindsey, Outreach Science Educator with Hooked on Science.

Lindsey’s goal is to get every kid in America “Hooked on Science.” “Compared to students in 30 industrialized countries, American 15 year olds rank 25th in math and 21st in science,” Lindsey said.

The goal of Science Day is to show everyone that science is both fun and important.

Residents of southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and western Kentucky blew up 852 balloons in an hour breaking the previous record of 600 balloons at the third annual Science Day event. (Photo courtesy of Fred Lynch, Southeast Missourian.)

Residents of southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and western Kentucky blew up 852 balloons in an hour breaking the previous record of 600 balloons at the third annual Science Day event. (Photo courtesy of Fred Lynch, Southeast Missourian.)

Last year, Lindsey helped set a record for launching 973 Mentos fountains, by adding the small mint to a bottle of cola, which causes a reaction that sends the liquid foaming 30 feet in the air.

Lindsey graduated from WKU in 2000 with a degree in geography with a focus on meteorology and climatology and a minor in broadcasting.

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