Pupils from two Glasgow primary schools proudly showcased their innovative solutions to removing plastic from the River Clyde last week.

Presenting their ideas at the Riverside Museum as part of the Upstream Battle Campaign, pupils from Langside Primary and Sunnyside Primary schools picked up well-earned prizes awarded by Keep Scotland Beautiful and Jacobs engineering group.

The regional schools’ challenge, partnered alongside West Partnership and Education Scotland, saw 16 schools from across the West of Scotland tasked with researching and developing the best STEM ideas to tackle the removal of plastic already in the Clyde, or the prevention of it entering the river.


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Pupils from Craigend’s Sunnyside Primary were awarded the Innovative Design award, with the Most Sustainable Design prize received by Langside Primary, located in Shawlands.

Bruce Robertson, Charity Trustee of Keep Scotland Beautiful, says: “I would like to congratulate Sunnyside and Langside primary school pupils for being so engaged in tackling this problem on their doorstep and bringing forward some fantastic ideas and solutions.


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“Our Upstream Battle campaign is ultimately about changing behaviour, encouraging people to think differently about litter and how we dispose of it.”

Bruce adds: “This competition has challenged pupils to put their thinking caps on and consider the opportunities to solve this problem using their STEM skills.

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“Young people really understand the issues and impressed me with their knowledge and determination to address this global problem.”