Pupils at an East Renfrewshire school have scooped an award in a competition aimed at tackling marine litter.

The STEM the Flow contest saw youngsters being tasked with designing solutions to either reduce the amount of litter already in the River Clyde or prevent it from entering the water in the first place.

They also had to produce a project report, create a display and prepare a presentation.

The challenge was open to pupils from primary six through to third year at schools across Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

And a team from St Ninian’s High, in Giffnock, won the Most Sustainable Solution award.

In a joint statement, teachers Victoria Murray and Iona McAfee said: “We are so proud of the pupils.

“This is a huge achievement for the eco club, as the UN Sustainable Development Goal which they chose to focus on was Life Under Water, so winning a competition which prioritises improving the marine environment is fantastic.”

The winners of each category were handed a trophy made from reclaimed marine plastic during an awards ceremony at the Riverside Museum, in Glasgow.

Catherine Gee, deputy CEO at environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This exciting challenge was an ideal opportunity for pupils to engage in creatively tackling the litter emergency while developing STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] skills which they will continue to use inside the classroom and in everyday life.

“A big well done to all those who took part in the competition. The next generation is setting a great example for all of us in tackling litter from source to sea."