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CWSF 2009 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

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My name is Robin White, from Victoria, with the Vancouver Island group of Team British Columbia. I am in grade 8 at Gordon Head Middle School, and the VIRSF this year was my first regional science fair, so I am excited to be going to the CWSF!! I am passionate about the environment, which is why I chose to do this project. I also love sports; I was a competitive gymnast for 3 years, competing provincially to level 4 and winning 4th place all around at B.C. championships in 2008. I dance competitively with Karen Clark Dance Studio. I enjoy soccer, volleyball, track, and cross country. In addition, I like to read and draw, and am in the choir and solo group at my school, as well as the leadership program. Obviously I also love science, which is why I’m here!! Next year I will be attending Lambrick Park secondary, where I plan to continue my passion for science.

Robin White

Warm and Fuzzy; no More Scuzzy: Effective Small Scale Motor Oil Spill Cleanup
Division:Health Sciences / Environmental Innovation
Region:Vancouver Island
City:Victoria, BC
School:Gordon Head Elementary
Abstract:In part one of this project five readily available materials were used to study motor oil absorbency. Cotton and paper towel performed best. In part two of this project a homemade miniature skimmer containing either a cotton, newspaper or towel absorbency pad was used to test small outboard motor simulated oil spills in salt water and fresh water. Cotton proved to be highly successful.

Awards Value
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$1 000.00
Bronze Medal - Environmental Innovation
Sponsor: EnviroExpo, Presented by VIA Rail Canada
Total$1 300.00