Throughout the swimming year of 2020-2021, the misplacement and dampening of masks while swimming was a major inconvenience. As a swimmer myself, I can personally attest to the fact that masks would constantly get wet, mixed up, or even lost, due to the absence of a designated place to put them. Coach Kirkman reached out to the EDI Fellows asking us to build mask holders that could keep them separated from other masks and protected from water. Coach Kirkman supplied us with a design for the mask holders, made out of PVC pipes and held together with PVC cement. We built sixteen mask holders, two for each of the eight swimming lanes.
In order to build the holders more efficiently, we split up into different groups of measurers/assemblers, cutters, gluers, and cleaners. I was a measurer/assembler; measuring the PVC pipes before they were cut and then helping to assemble the pieces. This experience was fun for me and a good first project as a member of the new Sophomore cohort. I learned how helpful the EDI Fellows can be in solving problems around our community. A problem that had been occurring for over a year in the pool was solved in just an hour. Although I haven’t used them yet, I’m sure that the mask holders will be extremely useful to everyone who uses the pool at Norfolk Academy.