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Hi, I’m Clara. I’m 13 years old, in Grade Seven French Immersion, at Highview Public School, Pembroke, ON. My favourite subjects are Math, Science, Phys. Ed., and Art. I love learning about environmental science and space. I also love being active. I participate in every sport offered at school! Outside of school I also play competitive soccer, race triathlons, cross-country ski, row, and play piano! However, I spend most of my time DANCING! I’m a competitive dancer in all styles of dance. I also love acting and participate in community theatre. Last year I was part of an improv team that competed at Destination Imagination, Global Finals in Tennessee. I was inspired to study the effects of microfibres and possible ways to filter them out of our wastewater after reading an article about how my yoga pants were killing the planet! I’d like to further explore other possible microfibre filters, and how to best implement a filtering process in your home and wastewater treatment plants. I’d also like to lobby different levels of government to support improved quality of wastewater being dispersed back into our waterways. My advice to other students is to pick a project that they’re passionate about!

Clara Biernacki

Are You Eating Your Fleece? Exploring Microfibres and Filtration Systems
Region:Renfrew County
City:Pembroke, ON
School:Highview P.S.
Abstract:When synthetic fabrics are washed, thousands of microscopic microfibres break off and enter our waterways. Through the process of biomagnification, these microfibres enter our food chain and cause negative, lasting effects. I examine the efficacy of different types of filters, made from several household items, in removing microfibers from wash water.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Junior
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$2 000.00