The COVID-19 pandemic, along with the recent natural calamities that struck the country, proved that there is a need to attract more students to become future scientists who will be asked to translate their expertise into effective communication on local and global concerns.
The Bato Balani Science Excellence Awards (BB SEA) helps in this aspect. Spearheaded by Diwa Learning Systems Inc. (Diwa), it is an annual recognition program designed to laud grade school students who have shown exemplary performance in science and technology.
For the school year 2019 to 2020, the program honored 84 young Science achievers across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
There were 48 awardees from Luzon; 7 from the National Capital Region (NCR); 6 from Visayas; and 23 from Mindanao.
The awardees received a BB SEA medal while their school was given a certificate of recognition for being at the forefront of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the country.
Named after one of Diwa's scholastic publications, BB SEA aims to nurture students’ skills for science and technology and encourage them to pursue careers in these fields.
For many years now, Diwa has been promoting innovative science education in Philippine schools by organizing recognition programs, invention contests, and sci-tech expositions. They also provide teachers and students with supplemental educational magazines like the popular Bato Balani for Science and Technology, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary.