Pool of ideas for Cottesloe Mayor

Pool of ideas for Cottesloe Mayor

Monday 8 May

You are never too young to get involved in your local community and at the end of last term Town of Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins received some engineering advice from St Hilda’s Year 5 students.   

The students were tasked to look into a local engineering problem and then find a solution.  One of the most popular projects was the proposed ocean pool at Cottesloe Beach and the Mayor visited the Makerspace to hear the students’ ideas and view the models they built.

“I’m most impressed that girls are doing engineering at such a young age,” Mrs Dawkins said.

“They’ve addressed safety issues, accessibility issues, social issues – and they’ve done it so creatively.”

While the idea of an ocean pool at Cottesloe Beach has been on the cards for a few years, the Council hasn’t had a firm proposal. The location that the Year 5s selected for their project work was based is one of the spaces deemed “quite possible” for a real ocean pool.

Student Amelia Hagon, who wants to become an engineer or an architect, said the ocean pool idea that she worked on with partner Stella Berry had a particular feature she loved.

“I like the fact that the fish can come in – it’s not just water,” she said.

“It’s just like playing out in the ocean but there are no sharks.”

Amelia and Stella’s ocean pool featured a jetty with piers large enough for small fish to enter the area but too small for dangerous sharks.

“School [for me] wasn’t nearly as interactive as this. I watch these minds and they are coming up with original thoughts and are able to put it in a concept plan and create it,” Mrs Dawkins said.

“I’m amazed at the variety of ideas and how individual they all are.”

The project was part of St Hilda’s science technology engineering arts and maths (STEAM) lessons that are part of the curriculum for Pre Primary to Year 6.