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CWSF 2014 - Windsor, Ontario

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Vicki - My name is Vicki Kleu and I am a grade 12 student at Lambrick Park Secondary School. I've lived in Canada, more specifically Victoria, BC., for seven years. My South African accent, though still present, is now mingled with a Canadian drawl. This is my sixth year participating in science fair and my fourth time attending the CWSF. I now spend more waking hours in a lab during science fair season than in my own house! When not in the lab, I can be found actively engaged in leadership projects or dancing. Though my career choices are pointing me toward being a pediatrician, focusing in oncology or cardiology, I am also passionate about the health of our oceans. This year my partner and I successfully produced a reuseable and fully biodegradable boom capable of adsorbing thirty times its weight in spilled outboard motor oil. Currently we are patenting our work and hoping to make the booms readily available to marinas throughout the world.
Austin - My name is Austin Sawyer and I am from Victoria British Columbia. This year my partner and I were inspired to investigate the possibilities in the field of oil spill clean up. This stemmed from the proposed construction of the Northern Gateway Pipelines, making large oil spills an extreme possibility in our own backyard. Ever since my first Canada Wide in grade eight I have been memorized by science. Science fair is a phenomenal way to find your true passion and change the world through invention. Although loving science, sports and music are also a focal points in my life. I enjoy playing soccer, basketball, track and field, and guitar. I work two part time jobs in preparation to pay for my university where I hope to study chemical engineering.

Vicki Kleu, Austin Sawyer

Oil RiDD'rs: Fully Biodegradable Booms for Oil Spill Recovery and Containment
Region:Vancouver Island
City:Victoria, BC
School:Lambrick Park Secondary
Abstract:An inexpensive adsorbent boom that picks up over 32 mL of motor oil per gram of fibre was built. Approximately 90% of the adsorbed oil can be recovered. Residual oil can be washed out using canola oil. Heat of combustion tests done on soil near the buried fibre showed that the oil did not migrate with water movement in typical watering conditions.

Awards Value
The Manning Innovation Achievement Award
Sponsor: Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
Excellence Award - Senior
Bronze Medal
Sponsor: Nuclear Waste Management Organization
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$1 000.00
Western University Scholarship
Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$1 000.00
Total$2 600.00