Year 12 Technology Students Build a Boatful of Books for Moore Park State School

The second major project of St Luke’s Year 12 Technology curriculum challenges students to build a structure that will benefit the community. Students Kyle Andreoli and Jyson Clyde found inspiration in Bundaberg Regional Library’s Gaye McWillliam’s description of the Little Free Libraries Project, and built a boat full of books.

The Little Free Library Project promotes literacy and the love of reading for children and adults using free book exchanges. The basic concept is take a book, return a book. There are nearly 40,000 Little Free Libraries around the world and Bundaberg currently has four.

Moore Park State School were looking to obtain a Little Free Library after the 2016 AEDC (Australian Early Development Census results ) showed that a high percentage of Moore Park students began their school journey lacking skills in language and literacy.

Kyle and Jyson researched the design extensively, consulted regularly with their teacher Ben Goodchap, and built the boat-shaped library in St Luke’s senior workshop.

“The most challenging task associated with the projects fabrication was definitely securing the plywood slats that formed the curved shape. There was a lot of trial and error before we managed to establish a technique that could be successfully repeated,” Kyle said.

Kyle’s favourite moment of the build project was applying the final layer of undercoat, and screwing on the flashing lights. “Knowing that the project was finished and that it turned out as designed was a great feeling.”