Guinness World Records created a new record category that would tie into the theme of the competition and give each of the participants a chance to be the best – by breaking the record for the fastest human formation of Pascal's triangle (first 25 rows). Following the conclusion of the competition, all of the students, along with math coaches and advisors, were given an unmarked folder with a number inside and instructed to organize themselves in the first 25 rows of Pascal’s triangle formation. The group set the title in a time that impressed even The Human Calculator(R), who was there to participate. They all left the competition as a record holder and received their own Guinness World Records certificate.
Mathletes come to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition to compete against each other for the top title. Our Guinness World Records attempt was the first time in the competition's 30-year history that the Mathletes completed something together. Setting records is in their blood and this allowed all of them to be winners that day. Each student walked away a Guinness World Records certificate - they were thrilled.