Clyde in the Classroom is a project which uses the native Scottish species, the brown trout, to raise awareness of river ecology among young people across the River Clyde catchment area. The project is delivered by the Clyde River Foundation and is a great for outdoor learning and STEM education.
In Room 13 we have been taking part in this exciting project. Our class visited the Science Centre where we listened to a multi-media presentation about the project and found out information about trout. Some of the interesting facts included how to tell the difference between male and female, what their habitats are like and how to take care of them.
How to take care of trout
Soon after we visited the Science Centre a scientist came in to our class to give us the hatchery and the equipment to take care of our trout. He gave us a turkey baster, a thermometer and a chart so we can write down the temperature of the hatchery. The trout need to be in a place where it is 8-10 Celsius so they can survive, you should use the turkey baster to suck the dead eggs up and out of the hatchery. We will know if an egg is dead because it is white, we will also need ice packs to make sure that the fish can have cold water. Most importantly we must keep the hatchery switched on to keep the fish alive and keep the temperature constant.
So we are now responsible for the care of brown trout within our classroom and work with Clyde River Foundation Scientists. The project is exciting because it encourages us to engage with nature and develop a sense of pride in our local environment. By taking part we are learning about developing citizenship and confidence by personal and group work. The project has inspired us with our school work, from scientific recording, artwork, and presentations. This is fun and interesting for everyone – we all get to contribute!
Over the next few weeks, our class can watch the development of small trout fry (a hatched trout) from the eggs that were first delivered to our classroom.
Once the alevins (a newly spawned salmon or trout still carrying the yolk) have become fry and have almost consumed their yolk sac we will release them into a local burn. The whole class will enjoy this and everyone will get the chance to say farewell to the St Kenneth trout!
Through this project we have also learned about the geography and history of the River Clyde so I have included some facts below about the river and the City it helped shape.
• The Clyde is 170 km long and it is 164 m deep at it’s deepest.
• The water is a mix of fresh and salt
• It flows into the Atlantic ocean
• The Clyde had a reputation for being the best location for shipbuilding in the British Empire. After World War II, the Clyde’s importance as a major industrial ship building centre declined.
• Tourism has brought many people back to the riverside, examples include the Glasgow Harbour project, the Glasgow Science Centre, and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
• With a population of 600,000 people, Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, and the fifth most-visited city in the United Kingdom.
• The photo is of Glasgow Cathedral. It is built on the site where St. Mungo, patron saint of Glasgow, was thought to have been buried in AD 612
• Other famous Glasgow landmarks are Buchanan street and George Square
• The city is notable for great architecture. The most notable style being Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Mackintosh was an architect and designer in the Arts and Crafts Movement
• Glasgow is also famous for building ships on the Clyde, one of them was called the HMS ocean, building started in 1942 and it was launched in 1944.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed learning about our project!