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Guinness World Records confirms Birchwood High School student William Rose's K'Nex feat




A Birchwood High School student is set to feature in the next edition of the Guinness World Records book.

After a mammoth year-long task, 16-year-old William Rose last September completed the world's largest moving vehicle out of construction toy K'Nex last September – and now the organisation has confirmed he is officially a world record holder.

The teenager, who has learning disabilities, created a tank 4.2m (13ft 9in) long using an estimated 13,000 pieces. He was not allowed to use glue or steel rods in his record attempt.

William Rose, 16, with his tank made from 13,000 K'Nex pieces
William Rose, 16, with his tank made from 13,000 K'Nex pieces

Many of the components were donated after William and his proud mum Carole appealed to the community for help.

Supporters watched as William's armoured vehicle gingerly made its way along a platform outside the family home in Dunmow provided by Dunmow's 727 Tool Hire to prove to the Guinness scrutineers that it was mobile.

Its 5m (16ft 5in) journey was videoed as part of the evidence required by the record book – and, after more than seven months of waiting, William's record has been certified.

William with mum Carole outside the family home in Dunmow
William with mum Carole outside the family home in Dunmow

Carole said: "We finally heard back from Guinness and Will is officially a world record holder. His certificate is en route and, even better, he's been told he'll be in the book in September and on their website too."

The youngster previously attended a specialised speech and language school, Powers Hall in Witham, because he did not speak until he was five and had some developmental delays, but he was able to rejoin mainstream education with support at Birchwood in Parsonage Lane, Bishop's Stortford.

Will, who lives with his mum and older brothers Ben and Jack, hopes to use his engineering skills to win a place at Stansted Airport College to study aircraft maintenance.

K'Nex, founded by Joel Glickman, was first introduced in America in 1992. The building system consists of interlocking plastic rods, connectors, blocks, gears, wheels and other components which can be pieced together to form a wide variety of models, machines and architectural structures.



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