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Lourdes Secondary School, Glasgow

Project: Better Battle Bacteria!

As the Brilliant Bacteria team, we have done research to find out what bacteria can break down plastic and we have researched the most suitable location for the prototype/bacteria to be placed in for it to effectively work. We collaborated by meeting up regularly during lunch times and sharing ideas with each other, creating creative solutions to solve issues in our community. Being guided by our mentors at Jacobs Engineering, we were supported, and they provided us with help on different parts of the solution. This helped us know what to focus on and what task to do, making it easier for us to do this project effectively.

The enzymes and the bacteria used will work together to eradicate the plastic in the Clyde to stop plastic pollution. The bacteria that will be used is Ideoaella and Rodococas, the enzyme used will be Alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH).

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We found out that we couldn’t use some bacteria because they were dangerous, but using that information we found out which ones we could use. We also found we could use enzymes to make some of the bad bacteria harmlessThe bacteria that will eat up the plastic will be entered in the Clyde at the very source next to Glenochar and Clyde headwaters.

We gathered crucial data about funding and job possibilities and how long bacteria can grow/ multiply, we also found out what materials could be most suitable for the prototype. We discovered the type of rubbish that may be in the River Clyde.

We hope that our solution will be in collaboration with local authorities and community volunteers as we know the rubbish in the river Clyde will cause a negative impact on Scotland’s environment in the future and for future generations.

The enzymes and the bacteria used will work together to eradicate the plastic in the Clyde to stop plastic pollution.

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