Abram Zuil Secondary has won the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge Competition with its Rice Husk Particle Board Project. While globally there are several uses for rice husk, the project team decided to focus on its use for the manufacture of rice husk particle board as a substitute for wood. Wood is commercially used in the construction industry which has resulted in deforestation in many parts of the world. While Guyana enjoys a forest cover of over 80%, the loss of forests globally has resulted in the reduced absorption of carbon dioxide which has led to enhanced greenhouse effect. This project looks at a two-fold solution, by using an agricultural waste product from the rice industry – rice husk as a substitute for wood and reducing the dependency on the forest for wood.
The Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that three outstanding students: Cecil Cox who topped the Caribbean in the Sciences in 2013, Benedict Sukra, and Lawrence Faria have been accepted to the Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) which is held on the campus of the UWI, Cave Hill, Barbados.