Launch Day – A multi-media presentation at the Glasgow Science Centre (GSC)
on 1 February 2011. The children will be given a talk describing the geography and history of the River Kelvin, the fish that live there, and their life histories and habitat requirements. Management of the fish and habitats will also be described. A second presentation will describe the classroom hatchery and its maintenance and will introduce the children to the brown trout. The pupils then have the chance to explore the GSC Science Mall.
Maintaining a “Classroom Hatchery” (February and March 2011).
A simple “hatchery” will be installed in each school by the Clyde River Foundation (CRF). Brown trout eggs will be placed in the hatchery and the children encouraged to follow the development of the young fish for two months, before they are released into their local burn. While the hatchery is operational, CRF scientists will visit each class weekly to interact with the children and to support the teacher.
Meet Your River Day – Pupils will be taken to their local burn or river and will be introduced to the methods that CRF scientists use to measure the health of the watercourses (including an electric fishing demonstration). The children will be given a chance to try some of the techniques and to take samples back to their school for further study. The pupils will determine the health of their local watercourse, and compare it with others throughout the Kelvin Valley LEADER area. They will complete several practical tasks to demonstrate their understanding of the learning outcomes.
Kids and the Kelvin will combine learning and teaching activities previously delivered elsewhere by the Clyde River Foundation – see the well-established “Clyde in the Classroom” (Phase 1) and “MeetYour River” (Phase 2) – with the development of teaching materials specific to the Kelvin Valley LEADER area.
Kids and the Kelvin will use the life-cycle of the brown/sea trout to engage almost 400 children with their local environment. Kids and the Kelvin is a self-contained environmental project which teachers can use to enhance all learning outcomes within the Curriculum for Excellence. Pupils will develop skills in science and positive attitudes towards social and environmental responsibility.