Schools showcase STEM solutions

Schools from the West Partnership showcased STEM solutions at Riverside Museum as part of our Upstream Battle campaign.

Primary and secondary schools across Glasgow and the West Partnership area showcased their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenge solutions on how plastic can be removed from the River Clyde as part of a regional competition at the Riverside Museum.

Our Upstream Battle challenge in partnership with Jacobs, the West Partnership and Education Scotland, saw 16 schools from across the West of Scotland research and develop the best ideas to tackle plastic already in the Clyde or prevent it from entering the river.

The participating schools gathered at the museum to present their ideas to a panel of judges and compete for one of the top awards. The final winners were:

  • Team Working Award - Bridge of Weir Primary School, Renfrewshire
  • Innovative Design Award - Sunnyside Primary School, Glasgow
  • Most Sustainable Design Award - Langside Primary School, Glasgow
  • Best Overall Project - Mosshead Primary School, East Dunbartonshire

Liam Rocks, P7 from the overall winner Mosshead Primary's Team Clearout Clyde Communicator said: "Upstream Battle has taught us so much about how harmful plastic pollution is for our rivers, seas and the environment. We understand how important this issue is and we hope we have done something to change people’s attitudes in the local and wider community.

"Working together in Team Clearout Clyde was great fun, we learned so much about each other and from each other. We’ve achieved so much more than we would have on our own.

"The atmosphere at the finals at the Riverside Museum was incredible. We were so excited and just happy to be there at all. The displays from the other schools were of such a high standard and everyone was so supportive of one another. When Team Clearout Clyde were announced as the overall winners we couldn’t believe it. This award really means the world to us and to Mosshead Primary School."

Representatives from Jacobs formed the judging panel on the day and provided technical expertise to pupils and teachers throughout the project.

Kara Connon, Principal Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Professional from Jacobs, commented: “Jacobs is delighted to work alongside our local councils to run such a fantastic 10-week programme for school pupils and enable them to explore their imaginations and their engineering skills. The programme was made all the better by the amazing commitment and enthusiasm of the pupils participating. The presence of plastics in our rivers and oceans is such a major issue for us all, it is very encouraging that young people are so aware of the problem and are able to come up with such creative and thoughtful solutions to help solve it. Well done to Mosshead Primary School for winning 'Best Overall Project'. We look forward to running this event again next year and exploring further global environmental challenges.”

The initiative is part of our Upstream Battle campaign, which we are running in partnership with RECOUP to tackle litter levels along the entire length of the River Clyde - raising awareness of how litter journeys from land to sea.

Alan Armstrong, Education Scotland Strategic Director said: “Education Scotland is proud to be part of the steering group shaping this programme. Innovative programmes such as this capture the imagination of pupils, helping our teachers to develop learners’ skills in both STEM and Learning for Sustainability in a meaningful way that is relevant to current world issues.”

Our Upstream Battle campaign is ultimately about changing behaviour. Our Charity Trustee, Bruce Robertson, commented: “The young people impressed me with their knowledge and determination to address the global litter problem. This competition has challenged pupils to put their thinking caps on and consider the opportunities to solve this problem using their STEM skills.”






20 June 2019


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