Students hack ideas to boost school

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Chok Ninnama, Owen Wells, Ashleigh Taylor and Kimi Grace with teacher Sven Colic.
Camera IconChok Ninnama, Owen Wells, Ashleigh Taylor and Kimi Grace with teacher Sven Colic. Credit: Alexander Scott

Port Hedland’s brains of the future swapped their computers for paper and pencils recently, as they brainstormed ideas to help improve their school.

A “hackathon” was held at Wangangkura Stadium last week, giving 80 Hedland Senior High students from Years 7-11 the chance to develop a pitch that would change the public perception of their college.

Organised by WA regional growth group Meshpoints and the Web Business Hub, the event encouraged children to look for problems around the campus, come up with solutions, and work in groups before presenting their ideas to judges.

Meshpoints program support member Sam Birmingham said the hackathon was designed to challenge the students to work together to improve their community.

“It lets them develop some of the softer skills in terms of problem solving and creativity, and to see what ideas sit within the students,” he said. “It gives them a chance to come up with ideas that would better the school for them and also better the school’s perception in the community.”

Mr Birmingham said the goal was to improve the children’s confidence and ability to ask questions.

HSHS student Owen Wells said his group came up with the idea to bring more specialists to the school to encourage students to attend classes.

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