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National STEM the Flow competition winners announced

Pupils across Scotland have won awards for their solutions to stop marine litter at source.

Our STEM the Flow competition encouraged pupils across the country to investigate and design solutions to stop marine litter at source as part of the national Upstream Battle® campaign.

The challenge invited pupils to investigate #Source2Sea litter in their area, identify issues, raise awareness and design an engineering-based solution to the problem.

Building on the success of previous regional competitions, the online national pilot project was open to schools across Scotland. Participants worked as a team to create a project plan, conduct research, conceptualise a solution, and produce a scientific poster or build a model to showcase their idea.

Five category awards were available with the winners including:

  • Best Overall Project - Crookfur Primary School (East Renfrewshire)
  • Most Innovative Solution - Torrance Primary School (East Dunbartonshire)
  • Most Sustainable Solution - St Edward's Primary School (North Lanarkshire)
  • Best Investigation - Rosneath Primary School (Argyll and Bute)
  • Best Teamwork - Lamlash Primary School (Arran)

Category awards made from reclaimed marine plastic and recycled wood were given to the winners, recognising the breadth of work that went into the projects.

Joe Oxley-Glenister, Education & Learning Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: "It was fantastic to see such a range of innovative, sustainable and collaborative entries to the first national STEM the Flow competition.

"There was representation from across Scotland, from Dumfries & Galloway to Dundee and South Lanarkshire to the Isle of Arran.

"It was evident that all the participants were passionate and motivated to address source to sea litter in their local area, by completing thorough investigations to identify how the issue was impacting their community and raising awareness of these as part of their STEM the Flow projects.

"I’d like to congratulate all our winners and everyone who entered. We had a wonderful response to our first national competition, with some excellent, inspiring and thought-provoking projects."

Entries were submitted to an online showcase and then went to a public vote, garnering almost 1,000 votes overall.

Imogen Houston, Civil Engineering Intern for Water & Environment at Jacobs, delivered the second interactive workshop for the participants on the topic of The Design Process & Project Planning.

She said: "I really enjoyed supporting STEM the Flow this year as it is inspiring to see the younger generations creativity and passion to complete the challenge, whilst understanding the importance of the problem.

"By Jacobs staff delivering workshops throughout, a broader understanding of the various aspects that are involved in developing a solution to a problem can be considered by the pupils. Also, it is a great way to promote a STEAM career and share my journey with the pupils, who may end up taking a similar path."

Visit our STEM the Flow gallery to view the all of our entries including our five winners.

26 January 2024

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