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Kyle Schole

Location: Pickardville, AB

Award: Young Canadians


Year: 2010


Microbial Degradation of Vehicle Tires

News Release

Saskatoon's Bright Light Wows National Science Fair with Camera Flash Invention
Novel Camera Flash Technique Garners Young Engineer Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award

PETERBOROUGH, ON - (May 25, 2010) Pickardville's Kyle Schole garnered a prestigious Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award at the 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair for his project to get electricity from tire-eating microbes. The grade 11 student was among nearly 500 finalists at the national fair, held at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, May 15th to 23rd.

"Canada needs innovation to compete and prosper, and that means we need to encourage and celebrate our innovative youth," says Bruce Fenwick, Executive Director of the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation. The Foundation's Young Canadian Program recognizes innovative youth competing at the national science fair.

For his project Schole took three big ideas-bioremediation, LED treatment, and microbial fuel cells-and spun them into one exciting innovation: A system for generating electricity from old tires.

First, Schole collected some dirt from a local tire processing plant and cultured bacteria from it. He then added the bacteria to samples of ground-up old tires. A creative twist to the project was using LEDs with different wavelengths of light to try to encourage the microbes to eat up the tires.

As the bacteria degraded the tire material, they produced a small amount of electricity-enough to fuel a lot of excitement among science fair judges. As well as a $500 Manning Innovation Achievement Award and $4000 Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award, Schole won a gold medal at the science fair. In addition, three universities have offered him entrance scholarships.

Schole, who lives with his family on a farm just northwest of Edmonton, has been in science fairs since third grade. He is also an active 4-H member. Upon graduation he hopes to pursue a career in microbiology…or teaching, or politics.

Schole will be recognized in person at the Foundation's 29th Annual Awards Gala, with honourary Co-Chairs Senator Pamela Wallin, OC, and Preston Manning, CC, this September 17th in Ottawa.

The Young Canadian Innovation Awards are sponsored by Suncor (two), the Jim McEwen Family and the Dave Mitchell Family.


For more information or to interview Amy-Jayne, please contact Bruce Fenwick, Executive Director of the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation: 403-645-8288 or bruce.fenwick@encana.com

The spokesperson for Youth Science Canada/Sciences jeunesse Canada is Reni Barlow, Executive Director: communications@ysf-fsj.ca


The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation recognizes the importance of Canadian innovation in strengthening our nation's capacity to compete in the global economy. The Foundation supports and celebrates Canadians with the imagination to innovate and the stamina to succeed. Visit www.manningawards.ca for more information.