Aoife Pucchio

Aoife Pucchio

Aoife Pucchio
Styrofoam – A Problem We Need to (dis)-Solve
A.B. Lucas S.S.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), or Styrofoam, takes up 30% of average landfills. Currently, only 1% of EPS is recycled (Recycling Styrofoam, 2009). EPS dissolves in d-Limonene, an oil extracted from the rinds of citrus fruits. By developing a prototype process for municipalities involving on-site dissolving depots, EPS can be efficiently transported in solution to a centralized facility for recycling into a highly reusable plastic.

Award Value
The Manning Innovation Achievement Award
Sponsor: Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
$500
Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award and also receive an additional $3000 towards their post-secondary education.
Sponsor: Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
$4000
Excellence Award – Senior
Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$250
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist – $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$5000
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Gold Medallist – $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$4000
University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist – $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Manitoba
$5000
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist – $4,000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$4000
Western University Scholarship
Gold Medallist – $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$4000

Biography

My name is Aoife Pucchio and I am a grade 11 student at A. B. Lucas Secondary School. Ever since I was a child, I have had a passion for the environment, nature, and camping. I enjoy canoe tripping every summer, my longest being an 18-day trip! The idea for my project was inspired by my love for the environment and a desire to help solve the looming issue of climate change. My project ties together my passion for science with my interest in the environment. My other hobbies include playing the flute, violin, and piano, as well as being a member of my school’s concert choir. I love swimming, reading good books, and travelling.