Solution to the drink and sail problem
A group of college students have come up with a novel solution to the drink and float dilemma.
Sixty Porirua College year 10s took part in the Young Enterprise Programme last week.
They had one day to think of a product and sell it to the judges.
The winning team, led by Kaitu Ioane, devised the Lifejacket 5000 Pro.
Kaitu said the product was for when people were on boats and drinking.
The lifejacket had a rope that was attached to the boat so that if the person fell in, it would pull them back out.
Kaitu said it was great to win and the team enjoyed coming up with the idea.
He said he had learnt a lot about business through the process.
The aim of the programme was to excite and inform young people about business and its potential as a career choice.
Deputy principal Chris Wood said that last year the challenge ran for three days, but reducing it to one day had been a big success.
He said coming up with an idea and presenting it had taught the students more than just business.
‘‘For some of these kids it’s a real confidence thing.’’
He said it was teaching them to think in ways they hadn’t before.