A Glasgow secondary school celebrated Clean Air Day with a special project in the runup.

Abercorn Secondary School pupils participated in a learning project called Our Amazing Air, as part of Glasgow Science Centre’s Learning Lab programme.

The eight-week event programme included a visit to Glasgow Science Centre, lesson plans, video content and sessions with STEM professionals to support young people investigate the importance of air and the negative impacts of air pollution.

The pupils at the Cowcaddens school undertook team activities to investigate air pollution across Europe and closer to home, even conducting their own experiments to measure levels of harmful pollutants in the air around their school which is situated near a busy road and the M8 motorway.

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Patricia McGowan, Headteacher at Abercorn Secondary School, said: “As a school for children with additional support needs, the harms of air pollution and how it can exacerbate existing health conditions are of particular relevance to us, so we were absolutely delighted to get involved.

“The children have thoroughly enjoyed participating in ‘Our Amazing Air’ and it has really enhanced their appreciation of the precious world around them whilst also extending their scientific skills. It has also opened up opportunities to be creative and showcase their unique talents to the wider community.”

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Dr Sharon Macnab, Science Partnerships Manager at Glasgow Science Centre, said: “Glasgow Science Centre’s Learning Lab programme aims to make STEM education engaging, accessible and inclusive to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“Feedback from teachers and pupils on ‘Our Amazing Air’ has been excellent and we’re delighted to have had support from SEPA in developing the programme to explore the science of this precious resource.”

Clean Air Day was observed on Thursday, June 16 and is an annual, global air pollution campaign.