Children and Young People

STEM the Flow Engineering Challenge

An exciting engineering-based design challenge for young people to help to tackle marine litter in and around the River Clyde. Register to attend workshops and submit a solution to either capture litter already in our rivers and seas, or ways to stop it getting there in the first place.

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Career-long Professional Learning course

We're offering a free professional learning programme designed to provide the tools and resources for educators to use source to sea litter as a context for nurturing STEM learning. At this time, this CLPL course is available to schools within the West Partnership only.

Find out more and register to take part in the programme


Activities for at home 

For families and young people, you can download our new Activity Sheet for the Clyde and Tay, to complete tasks all about source to sea litter. Next time you go for a walk near a waterway, why not complete the Riverside Walk Spotter sheet. Watch our videos with interviews from special guests and learn more about source to sea litter, released as part of #Source2Sea Week of Action.

Citizen Science

We know that 80% of marine litter is estimated to come from land and we are leading a citizen science project to build a detailed picture of litter across the River Clyde and River Tay.

Your school can help contribute by completing a litter survey at your local waterway. We have put together a large format surveying guide and accompanying teaching resource for you to download. Once you have completed a survey submit your data to Clean up Scotland portal or email to upstreambattle@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

Large format surveying guide

Presentation for young people on marine litter and surveying

Marine Litter Art Competition

We were overwhelmed by the quality of entries in this year's competition. From models and photography, to video and poetry, we saw it all. Photos and information about all the entries will be published soon.

You can also read the news article on the competition exhibition.

Read more about what the competition involved.

Clean Up Scotland

We are challenging all schools across the Clyde Valley and Tayside to join in a Clean Up event as part of Upstream Battle. 

80% of marine litter comes from land. We want to stop it at the source. Organising a litter pick near your local waterway you will not only make a difference in your local area but also prevent litter from making its way to sea. 

Find out more on organising a Clean Up activity

Young Reporters for the Environment and Upstream Battle

Raise awareness for environmental issues relating to source to sea marine litter in and around the River Clyde, by getting involved in this media skills activity.

Find out how to get involved

Ocean Plastics Live Lesson with Doug Allan

Doug Allan is a natural history cameraman and presenter on programmes including Blue Planet. Doug went 'live' on our YouTube channel to share his experiences, talk about his work and his own career pathway and answered questions from pupils submitted ahead of time. 

Watch lesson on marine litter

Still looking for more? Have a look through the Litter & Waste resources on our Eco-Schools pages.


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