First introduced in Australia in 2005, BASF Kids’ Lab has sparked the imagination of over 3,000 primary students this year alone, through a variety of simple, yet awe inspiring science experiments aimed at encouraging an interest in science from a young age.
The BASF Kids’ Lab program pairs local primary schools with universities, hosting an educational session designed specifically for primary school students aged 8 – 12.
This year, Kids’ Lab events were held across Australia and New Zealand in partnership with Monash University in Melbourne, Curtin University in Perth, University of New South Wales in Sydney and University of Auckland in New Zealand.
BASF Australia and New Zealand’s Chairman and Managing Director, David Hawkins, said the program opens kids’ minds to science in an exciting, but controlled and safe environment.
“There’s such an element of wonder to science and creating chemistry, Kids’ Lab gives young students a basic understanding of how things work, through fun and engaging experiments.
“We also use the program to highlight the important role chemistry plays in finding solutions for a sustainable future,” Mr. Hawkins added.
BASF has a strong focus on fostering an interest for learning in young people through its community partnerships, which also includes The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and the Society for Australian-German Student Exchange program.
The feedback from the Kids’ Lab students was overwhelmingly positive, including comments like “science is awesome”, “this is my favourite excursion” and “I loved the coloured worms experiment”.
With renewed interest in Kids’ Lab from both schools and universities, BASF will run the successful program again next year. To enquire about your school or university participating in the program, please contact us here.