Students Collaborate with FiveOceans to Tackle Ocean Waste and Create Upcycled Products

Pimpama State Secondary College’s Creative Industries Faculty has partnered with FiveOceans, Clean Coast Collective and Design Strategist Tom Allen (Seven Positive), providing a Jump Start experience to develop and manufacture sustainable surf products from waste with Year 9 Industrial Technology & Design (ITD) Students.

FiveOceans kicked off their success story with a fully funded Kickstarter campaign for the ecoFin – the first sustainable surfboard fin based on ocean waste. In partnering with Jump Start, students will learn the value of waste materials, discover innovative manufacturing processes and apply design thinking processes to turn the ocean waste problem into an opportunity.

ITD teacher Dwayne Scicluna helping students break down core waste issues with FiveOceans Co-Founder Luise Grossmann.

ITD teacher Dwayne Scicluna helping students break down core waste issues with FiveOceans Co-Founder Luise Grossmann.

The collaboration has seen FiveOceans deliver a workshop on ocean waste with students last week. Students were introduced to the team and heard key insights into Luise Grossmann and Felix Wunner's entrepreneurial journey. The broader issues behind ocean waste and FiveOceans mission to tackle this problem via their social enterprise saw students engaging enthusiastically. Students were then broken into teams to research and define the problem of ocean waste as well as conceptualise new ideas which tackle this wicked problem. Students presented their research and ideas to class before ending the session with some great questions around business, manufacturing and entrepreneurship for Luise and Felix.

Adam Jefford (HOD, Creative Industries at PSSC) discusses ecoFin production with FiveOceans Co-Founder Felix Wunner.

Adam Jefford (HOD, Creative Industries at PSSC) discusses ecoFin production with FiveOceans Co-Founder Felix Wunner.

The project will continue next week when students head off on an excursion with FiveOceans, Clean Coast Collective and Seven Positive to see first hand the challenges involved in this type of project. The excursion will see students clean up and collect marine debris in the local Jacob's Well bay area whilst gaining key insights into materials types and properties.

Data on the refuse collected will be provided to the Australian Marine Debris Database, contributing to national policy development and source reduction plans.

Students will then visit the ecoFin manufacturing partners who work with some of Australia’s most respected brands to design, develop and manufacture premium plastic components. Students will learn about plastics sorting processes as well as identification of valuable materials and how these are processed.

On returning to the school, students will use the recovered ocean waste in order to design and manufacture surfboard fin keys alongside other potential products. This will see students involved in a variety of design and manufacturing processes, whilst gaining insights into social entrepreneurship.

A documentary on the student project will be released in the near future.

In the meantime you can view the original ecoFin documentary below.