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CWSF 2019 - Fredericton, New Brunswick

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My name is Catherine, and I am a 9th grade student in Vancouver, BC who will be attending CWSF for the second consecutive year. I have been participating in science fairs since I was in 6th grade and was eager to participate again this year! When I am not working on science fairs, I can be found debating on my school’s debate team, participating in track and field meets, being a part of my school’s student council, and volunteering in my community. I am a member of the Vancouver Quadra Constituency Youth Council with a Member of Parliament in which my peers and I discuss public policy issues and organize various community outreach events. My love for helping those around me on a local and global spectrum made way for my project, which not only helps homeowners on a local scale, but helps the environment on a much larger scale as well. I would like to develop my bioplastic walls further and perfect them to a quality which exceeds the one of the gypsum drywall used today. I am happy to be representing Team BC with likeminded, passionate individuals who, like me, want to make a difference in the world.

Catherine Diyakonov

Developing Bioplastic Walls: Reducing Waste and Restoration Costs After Floods
Region:Greater Vancouver
City:Vancouver, BC
School:Lord Byng Secondary
Abstract:In Canada, about 40% of all home insurance claims result from water damage, the number one kind of loss for home insurance claims. With this in mind, I wanted to replace the commonly used gypsum drywall with bioplastic walls which have a low water absorbency rate, a high decay rate, the ability to withstand a given force, and anti-flammable properties.

Awards Value
S.M. Blair Family Foundation Award
Sponsor: S.M. Blair Family Foundation
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Bronze Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$1 000.00
Total$1 750.00