Triple E: The Cattail Way!

Canada Wide Science Fair
6 September 2013

Joshua MacDonald & Lucas OyeniranWe are Joshua MacDonald & Lucas Oyeniran. I am a 17 year old boy attending Widdifield Secondary School in North Bay, Ontario. In school, I am enrolled in science and math courses because I plan to become a physician in the future. Through school and extracurricular activities, I have won many honour awards and certificates. However, when I am not in school, I am playing soccer, basketball, and guitar.

The inspiration for our project came from watching and reading news articles on large and small oil spills around the globe. We wanted to create a new way to clean up these spills that would be environmentally friendly, efficient, and economical! In the future we want to have large scale tests with crude oil in a large body of water to see how effective our cattails can be in a real life scenario. For any students thinking of doing science fair I advice you to do it on a topic that you are very passionate about. This way you will enjoy what you are doing and you could potentially change the world!

Our Project is a Triple E fuel spill absorbent product, designed for the primary intention of aiding in the clean up of hazardous hydrocarbon based spills, in hopes of replacing today's leading fuel sorbent products. This (E)nviromental, (E)conomical, and (E)fficent product is made of the cattail plants "fluff" (Typha) and is completely hydrophobic and preforms better then the leading oil-sorbent products used by industry today!.

Winner of the Excellence Award - Gold Medal (Senior) at the Canada Wide Science Fair 2013

Canada Wide Science Fair

The Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF®) is a national event that brings together 500 top young scientists (in grades 7-12/Cégep) from across the country to compete for highly prized cash, scholarship, and science experience awards.


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