Members of the winning team of the first-ever Bato Balani Science Investigatory Project competition. From left to right: Saint Mary’s University junior high school students Samuel Soliven, Ferylene Valentin, Felice Alexandria Sadueste, and adviser Dr. Elsa Cajucom.
Bato Balani Science Magazine gears up once again for science investigatory project competition
Premier science magazine Bato Balani for Science and Technology is starting to accept submissions for its science investigatory project competition.
A milestone activity for the 35th anniversary celebration of Diwa Learning Systems Inc. (Diwa), the leading provider of K to 12 educational resources in the Philippines, Bato Balani Science Investigatory Project (BBSIP) recognizes the creativity and ingenuity of Filipino junior high school students.
In the first-ever BBSIP competition last school year 2017-2018, the team from Saint Mary’s University in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya won the grand prize with their project that examines the properties of pikaw, an edible wild taro popular among Ilocanos, and how it can treat some illnesses.
Bagging the first, second, and third runner-up spots are Canossa School of Sta. Rosa, St. Paul College Pasig, and San Beda University, respectively.
The entry of students from Canossa School of Sta. Rosa focused on discovering an alternative pesticide, while the team of St. Paul College Pasig was able to develop a system and a makeshift composter that can treat biodegradable wastes to produce biogas for household purposes.
Meanwhile, the research group of San Beda concluded that specific amounts of guapple peel extracts are comparable to the pharmaceutical drug simvastatin in lowering cholesterol and lipids.
For its second year, BBSIP is adding a creative and social component by requiring participants to submit a video blog (vlog) showing the entire process of the investigatory project and upload it on Facebook to be opened for voting. This will account for 5% of the total score.
Other criteria for judging include the clarity of scientific thought; well-defined procedure and appropriate data gathering methods; organized collection of sufficient data and accurate data analysis; creativity in presenting the problem; innovativeness to carry out the project; and clarity and thoroughness of the project components.
Those interested in joining this science investigatory project competition may visit diwa.ph/bbsip to learn how to submit their entries. Winners will receive cash prizes, trophies, medals, certificates, and special gifts from Diwa. All the winning entries will also be published in the Bato Balani Science Magazine for the school year 2019-2020.