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Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Glasgow

Project: White Cart Water Muncher

The pupils used a variety of online research methods to give themselves an idea of the impact of litter on a local waterway. We decided to focus on the White Cart Water as it is a local waterway which feeds into the River Clyde. The children used Google Earth to follow the White Cart Water all the way to the Atlantic Ocean; they realised that litter in our local waterway could eventually make its way to the ocean. This had a major effect on our young people. The children used first-hand accounts of kids in the class who live near the water and talked about the litter they see in the water on a regular basis. They also used online searches to find newspaper articles about the waterway. This informed their view that we need to reduce litter in the White Cart Water.

Within their team, the children initially created their own idea of a mechanism which could pull rubbish from the water. Within a class discussion it was decided that it would be better to stop the litter getting into the water in the first place. The pupils therefore worked together in their trio to piece together elements from their independent initial ideas.

Their idea for addressing source to sea marine litter is a machine which will use bubbles to force rubbish up and out of the water. It will also be sitting underneath a bridge on the White Cart Water so it will catch rubbish being dropped from the bridge - a problem which has been observed by pupils in the class.

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They realised that litter in our local waterway could eventually make its way to the ocean. This had a major effect on our young people.

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