Pinoy kids create ‘green wood’ from talahib, win bronze in Malaysia eng’ng and science fair
By Brando Cortez
VILLASIS- Two environment-friendly Filipino students who imagined of creating ‘green wood’ by using the useless talahib won the bronze medal at the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Engineering and Science Fair.
Kharina Malaya Q. Lopez and Lhourd Jacyrone M. Fortus, Grade 8 students at the Philippine Science High School- Ilocos Region Campus (PSHS-IRC) in San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur entered their winning project entitled “The Effectiveness Of Talahib Grass (Sacharum Spontaneum) With Wood Waste Structural Board.”
Lopez and Fortus started the project when they were still grade 7 and focused on the development of a non- timber based structural board that may substitute for traditional and conventional plywood.
They believe in the casual relationship of the forests being denuded with flooding getting worse and a solution has to be found.
Lopez and Fortus recognized the abundance of the useless talahib everywhere in the country and conducted a scientific investigation of how it may be useful as base material in wood production thereby sparing the trees.
The panel of adjudicators, composed of renowned science and engineering educators from Southeast Asian countries and India, found merit in the work of Lopez and Fortus recognizing their work’s social and economic viability.
Research advisers Ms. Mary Ann Laurente and Eddie Jay Antonio Domingo of the PSHS-IRC validated and tested the project through the appropriate facilities of the Forest Products Research Institute in UP Los Banos.
Lopez of Villasis, Pangasinan and JC Fortus of Los Banos, Laguna with their research advisers are into further research aimed at improving their “green wood” to staisfy stringent government and industry standards of the United States of America and the European Union the result of which will be submitted thereto.
Their ‘green wood’ can be improved and processed to be termite resistant and fire retardant.
Entries ranged from all science and engineering categories ranging as far as robotics to nano technology research projects.
The Engineering and Science Fair was held at held at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 30 October to 1 November 2015 with at least 104 science, technological and special skills schools from various Southeast Asian countries.
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