Success story student labs
Since 1997 BASF offers the Kids’ and Teens’ Labs. A success story that started out as a “hands-on exhibition” in Ludwigshafen now fascinates children all over the world. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, BASF is hosting an experimentation program called “Clever Foodies” at many sites across the globe – from Brazil to Kenya to New Zealand.
The experimentation program focuses on a topic that affects us all: a healthy diet. Pitched at eight to twelve year olds, the program explores why fruit and vegetables are colorful and healthy. In exciting experiments, the children explore the substances contained in foods and learn methods to analyze them. “Clever Foodies” in that way boosts dietary awareness and healthier nutrition through the fun of experimentation.
To fit in with the theme, our global Kids’ Lab coordinators will be presenting an amazing experiment on this website to try out at home.
Isabel Gómez manages the Teens’ Lab and Kids’ Labs in Tarragona and supports other Kids’ Lab activities in Spain. “Sometimes we think that if we don’t have a lab it’s impossible to experiment. But chemistry is everywhere”, says Isabel. This is why kitchens are a perfect place for experimentation. A lot of chemical reactions occur while we are cooking or baking. And smelling and tasting food is also chemistry since it involves chemical reactions in the body.
To find out more try our Clever Foodies experiment “Intensive aroma”.
BASF in Tarragona has been hosting Kids’ Labs since 2011. The activities are carried out in the Visitor Center and are complemented by a site tour and a visit to the fire fighter park, to learn how important safety is for BASF.
Kids’ Labs Tarragona
Molly Borst manages Science Education initiatives for BASF in North America. As a new mom to 15-month-old son Conrad, she has become more aware of the importance of eating healthy. “I want my son to have a healthy relationship with food.” says the geologist. “His meals usually include some grilled chicken, a green, orange or yellow vegetable and, a family favorite, mashed potatoes.”
Potatoes can not only taste delicious, they also contain a very healthy vitamin. Learn more in our Clever Foodies experiment “Healthy potatoes”.
Kids’ Labs North America
Emiliano Graziano is Corporate Sustainability Manager for BASF South America. He is based in São Paulo, Brazil, but also in charge of BASF sites in eight other countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. “Malnutrition is a huge problem in Latin America. Therefore, I am glad we can focus on healthy nutrition with the experimentation program Clever Foodies”, the father of two sons and a daughter says. He taught his own children that the more natural colors you have on your plate the healthier you eat. As a former consultant for the United Nations he is an expert on food policy. And he is very enthusiastic about the fact that BASF South America has chosen scientific education as a major pillar of its social engagement strategy.
It is important to prepare vegetables so that healthy ingredients do not get lost before we eat them. Find out more by trying out our Clever Foodies experiment “Green is not forever”.
BASF South America is hosting Kids’ Labs in 2017 for the first time. The workshops will be held on site.
Kids’ Labs South America
Christine Masta manages the Kids’ Lab in East Africa – Kenya and Ethiopia. Among her favorite drinks is green tea. “There are so many flavors of tea available in Kenya, for example apple and cinnamon tea, mango and pineapple tea, blackcurrant tea, lemon tea or peppermint tea. I have tried most of these flavors and my best is green tea with lemon. The taste is amazing!”, says Christine. In Kenya, there is also black, yellow, purple and white tea. The country has a strong tea drinking culture and tea is one of the major cash crops grown in Kenya.
If you would like to explore how lemon juice changes black or green tea, try out our Clever Foodies experiment “Colored tea”.
Kids’ Lab Kenya
Weinan Wang supports Kids’ Lab events in China. Every summer, she runs Kids’ Lab activities in Shanghai, Beijing and Chongqing. “Summer is always a hard time for ‘foodies’. The weather is too hot and makes heavy dishes no longer attractive. Vegetables are a good choice. They look colorful and taste refreshing”, she says.
Beetroot pudding is one of her favorite. Try out our Clever Foodies experiment “Colored Water”.
BASF Kids’ Lab was introduced to Asia Pacific in 2002 with the launch in Beijing, China. Since then, more than 300,000 kids in the Asia Pacific region have participated in the program. Kids’ Lab in Asia Pacific is offered in science museums, at universities, at malls, as part of science festivals, at science centers and many more.
Kids’ Labs Asia Pacific
Athina Kylafi is the Corporate Communications Manager of BASF Greece and coordinates the local Kids’ Lab activities. She and her son Alexander (16) are very conscious of staying fit and healthy. "Greece, with its mild climate, produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. We enjoy the multitude of colors in the open-air market of our neighborhood, where we can find the best ingredients for our meals," says Athina. “On Sundays, we often bake our favorite dish, the rainbow pizza, made of all kinds of vegetables, like bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, broccoli or carrots.”
If you would like to prepare a healthy and colorful meal, try out our Clever Foodies experiment “Eat a Rainbow”.
Kids’ Labs Greece
Jacqueline Haider manages the Kids’ Labs in Ludwigshafen and coordinates BASF Kids’ Lab activities all over the world. Her daughter Isabel (9) and son Simon (11) often join in the cooking at home. “My son in particular loves experimenting in the kitchen,” the chemical engineer says. The family eats fresh fruits and vegetables every day. A special favorite is carrot salad with lemon, a pinch of sugar and a dash of top quality vegetable oil.
Carrot salad dressings need oil for a reason. Try out our experiment to discover why.
BASF in Ludwigshafen has been hosting Kids’ Labs since 1997. Two large laboratories with a surface area of 480 square meters were installed in the Visitor Center specially for Kids' Labs in 2007. These are complemented by the interactive exhibition “Everything Chemistry!?”.
Kids’ Labs Ludwigshafen