Pupils at schools in East Renfrewshire have been learning about ways to help protect the environment and boost their own career options at the same time.

Five local secondaries were among those who took part in a competition which promoted careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

It was run as part of a national programme delivered by educational charity EDT (Engineering Development Trust), with waste management firm Viridor and the Clyde Valley Project as supporting partners.

Youngsters in S2 classes were tasked with completing a STEM challenge which focused on sustainability and the circular economy.

It included a virtual site visit of Viridor’s Bargeddie Materials Recycling Facility, giving them a behind-the-scenes look at the Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project.

Pupils also learned how the Clyde Valley Project has had an impact in saving natural resources through its recycling and green energy recovery programme.

St Luke’s High, Barrhead High, Mearns Castle High, St Ninian’s High and Woodfarm High all took part, with youngsters showcasing their work to a panel of expert judges at the end of the competition.

A number of prizes were presented at that event, with the Determination Award handed to St Luke’s High for being the team who best showed resilience and perseverance to overcome obstacles.

The award for Best Overall Project was won by Woodfarm High, which will go on to compete in the Scottish final in June.

Steven Don, head of local authority contracts (Scotland) for Viridor, said: “Viridor is delighted to be part of a partnership which offers young people across the Clyde Valley local authorities the opportunity to work on such an exciting project.

“The development of key skills and knowledge adds to its value.”