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ESPC 2012 - Charlottetown (Ile-du-Prince-Édouard)

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My name is Marika Moskalyk and I'm a Grade 8 student at Marymount Academy in Sudbury, Ontario. Not only do I love science, I also love fashion. I saw a TED talk last summer on BioCouture (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p3-vl9VFYU), which is a research project by fashion designer Suzanne Lee from London, UK that uses Acetobacter Gluconacetobacter xylinus bacteria to grow textiles. I was amazed at how science could be used to create really cool, environmentally friendly textiles to use to create clothing, and I decided to create an experiment to explore different types of solutions to see which would grow the strongest, thinnest and most interesting colours. I chose blueberries from Sudbury and organic vegetable and fruit waste as sources of extra vitamins for growing bacterial cellulose as my variables. Knowing what I do about renewable resources, and the energy that goes into growing materials for textiles, being able to grow new materials for clothing that are entirely biodegradable, eco-friendly and use minimal energy sources could be revolutionary. My advice is to always pick a subject for your science fair that you are really interested in and that you know you will enjoy exploring. Here's my project video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0Fxw9Hh28A

Marika Moskalyk

Ville:Sudbury , ON
École:Marymount Academy
Sommaire:My project was all about growing microbial cellulose from a Kombucha green tea solution using Gluconacetobacter xylinus bacteria to be as thin and strong as possible for use as a biodegradable textile, which I call BioFabric. My variables included blueberries and a mixture of fruit & vegetable waste. Growing new materials for clothing that are biodegradable, eco-friendly and use minimal energy sources could be revolutionary.

Prix Valeur
Prix d'excellence - Junior
Médaille de bronze
Sponsor: Société de gestion des déchets nucléaires
300,00 $
Bourse d’études de Western University
Médaillé de bronze - Bourse d'admission de 1 000 $
Sponsor: Université Western
1 000,00 $
Total1 300,00 $