Marine Scotland

Supporting science at school with a Royal Society Partnership Grant

September 10, 2018 by No Comments

Data LoggersOur Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory in Pitlochry and Breadalbane Academy  in Aberfeldy are celebrating after receiving a Royal Society Partnership Grant, allowing them to work together on a project to explore the effects of hydro dams on river temperatures in the school’s local catchment, the River Tay.

Royal Society Partnership Grants support schools to enable students to carry out projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (known as STEM subjects), in partnership with a STEM organisation (research or industry). The Royal Society Grant allows Breadalbane Academy to purchase 20 data loggers to monitor river temperature and a field laptop computer for deployment and download. Marine Scotland is providing the remaining hardware required to anchor loggers in rivers and software to deploy and download loggers. Marine Scotland will also provide critical support to ensure data quality and provide centralised data storage and recalibration for the data-loggers.

In our collaboration, a number of possible research investigations for S3 students have been proposed, which have the potential to evolve in their duration and complexity. The Royal Society Grant allows Breadalbane Academy to purchase 20 data loggers to monitor river temperature and a field laptop computer to help monitor their deployment and download the information they receive, and Marine Scotland will be providing the remaining hardware required to anchor loggers in rivers and additional software to download information from the loggers.

In addition, Marine Scotland will also provide critical support to ensure data quality and provide centralised data storage and recalibration for the data loggers. Support is also being provided by Tay District Salmon Fishery Board who will share their knowledge of the river catchment and assist with logger deployment.

This project provides a platform for a long-term partnership between Marine Scotland, Breadalbane Academy and the Tay District Salmon Fishery Board and all parties will benefit from the from data collectedf

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