Jacobs Engineering Challenge 2019

The Jacobs Engineering Challenge is an annual is a 10-week STEM engineering challenge which ran from February to May 2019 across primary and secondary and ASL schools in Glasgow City Council. This year the challenge is part of environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful’s broader ‘Upstream Battle’ campaign aiming to change behaviour and prevent marine litter at source. The focus of the 2019 challenge was to develop  engineering solutions to tackle plastic pollution in the Clyde river. There were two challenges available for schools to choose from:

Drowning in Plastic - creating an engineering solution for collecting plastic rubbish that has already been dumped into the River Clyde.

Be Drastic on Plastic - creating an engineering solution which prevents plastic pollution getting into the River Clyde.


Teams from 28 schools submitted projects for the final celebration event held at the Riverside Museum on 15th May 2019. Each school submitted a final report and set up a display board and model to showcase their solution.

Each team of pupils presented to judges from Jacobs Engineering who had been on hand with technical support throughout the duration of the project. The museum was open to the public throughout the event, with 685 visitors having the opportunity to visit each school’s stall and learn more about their work. Each school received a certificate of participation, with Jacobs judges presenting trophies for the team working award, innovative design award, most sustainable design award and best overall project.


The final winners were:

? Team Working Award – Antonine Primary

? Innovative Design Award – Sunnyside Primary

? Most Sustainable Design Award – Langside Primary

? Best Overall Project - St Patrick's Primary