BASF in the Charlotte community
From supporting science education at local schools to championing sustainability, here's how BASF employees in Charlotte are giving back to their communities.
Through BASF Charlotte’s sponsorship with Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville, dozens of fourth and fifth-grade students at Winget Park Elementary School in Charlotte experienced interactive, hands-on chemistry learning during sessions led by Discovery Place’s outreach programs team with assistance from BASF Charlotte employees. The students took part in live chemistry experiments taken from BASF’s Kids’ Lab program, which enhances science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related education for students.
Charlotte-based BASF senior executive Denise Hartmann recently penned an Op-Ed for the Charlotte Observer about the importance of support and comprehensive protections for the LGBTQ+ community in North Carolina.
In the piece, Denise shares that, “The benefits are quite clear. Comprehensive protections for LGBTQ+ people against discrimination would not only make North Carolina a more attractive destination for the best and brightest talent, it would also strengthen our state’s economy. At the same time, it would help companies like ours create the conditions where employees can truly thrive and achieve their fullest potential, which benefits us all.”
Read the full Op-Ed here: NC business exec: The patchwork of LGBTQ+ protections in NC isn’t enough
BASF Charlotte is helping young people in the Charlotte Metro explore the exciting world of chemistry through a new sponsorship with Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville. The Museum will offer BASF Kids’ Lab curriculum one weekend per month through July 2022 and outreach programs at select area schools through June 2022. Learn more and view the BASF Kids’ Lab Weekend schedule.
BASF’s Charlotte site employees helped to make holiday wishes come true for children who need it most across the Charlotte region by sponsoring 50 Angels through the Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte’s Angel Tree program.
BASF Charlotte employees helped to make a difference for those in need across the Charlotte community by raising nearly $11,000 during the site’s 2021 campaign to support the United Way of Central Carolinas.
United Way of Central Carolinas fights for every person's education, health, and financial stability in our community. With their network of more than 100 partners, they work daily to create an environment of opportunity for thousands of families in neighborhoods across our area.
BASF in Charlotte is serving as a Feed the Body, Feed the Mind sponsor of Promising Pages. The organization collects new and donated books and distributes them to students and organizations, with the goal of eliminating book deserts and providing a free resource to those who need it most.
The Charlotte site purchased 500 new, diverse STEM books that will be distributed through the Promising Pages partners Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
The BASF Charlotte site recently donated 525 snack packs to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina's Backpack Program, along with more than 50 tubes of toothpaste, more than 90 toothbrushes, and other general food donations.
The Backpack Program provides a backpack full of nutritious, ready-to-eat, or easy-to-prepare foods that are sent home on weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. More than 200,000 backpacks are provided annually at over 200 distribution sites in 17 counties that the Food Bank serves.
Because of the generosity of BASF employees, the Charlotte site exceeded its goal of 500 snack packs to support the Backpack Program! In total, 260 pounds were donated to Second Harvest.
Danielle Foley, Product Safety & Stewardship Manager and Sustainability Champion for BASF in Charlotte, recently joined approximately 100 K-5 students at Kensington Elementary School's Summer Learning Camp virtually to explore chemistry.
She shared an overview of her role at BASF, how she came to like chemistry, and offered students insights into how BASF uses chemistry to help make the things people use every day.
The session's highlight was a chemistry experiment focused on acid-base reactions. Danielle used common kitchen ingredients to demonstrate how to blow up a balloon with baking soda and vinegar – an activity that delighted students and teachers alike.
The BASF Charlotte team joined 3rd through 5th-grade students at Benton Heights Elementary School virtually to share about careers in chemistry and how exciting chemistry can be as a career choice.
BASF Technical Specialist Stephanie Carouthers also offered an engaging presentation where she led students and teachers through the Elephant Toothpaste science experiment from the You Be the Chemist 5th edition activity guide and explained the chemical components of the ingredients in the experiment.
Responding to questions from curious students about how altering ingredients would change the experiment’s outcome, Stephanie switched things up during the session to demonstrate different reactions based on changing chemical elements. “The fun of chemistry is seeing what happens when you make a small change,” she told the students.
To kick off July, BASF continued its support of Union County Public Schools’ summer learning camps by joining East Union Middle School for a virtual science experiment.
BASF chemist Julio Cuellar gave students insights into his role at BASF, the critical work done by chemists and scientists, and then led students and teachers through the Elephant Toothpaste science experiment from the You Be the Chemist 5th edition activity guide.
Julio also weaved culture into the session, sharing Spanish translations for chemistry terms – including that the word “chemistry” in Spanish is química!
Chemistry is everywhere, including how fizzy drinks, like sodas, are made.
The BASF Charlotte team recently led hundreds of sixth and seventh grade students at Monroe Middle School in Monroe, North Carolina, through a virtual chemistry experiment that focused on acid-base reactions.
Using the simple ingredients of the juice from a lemon, water, and baking soda, the students created a fizzy lemon drink that demonstrated how carbon dioxide (CO2) is formed by mixing lemon juice (an acid) and baking soda (a base) to cause a chemical reaction (fizz).
The BASF Charlotte team recently joined more than 150 K-5 students at Fairview Elementary School in Monroe, North Carolina, to lead a virtual science experiment that explored how tornados are formed.
Using water, dish soap, glitter, and an empty and clean glass or jar with a tight-fitting top, the students made a "water" tornado and discussed the weather ingredients needed for a tornado to form, along with exploring the motion of a tornado.
BASF understands the importance of introducing science at an early age! That's why we were thrilled to join the Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council 2973 virtual troop meeting to lead dozens of excited Scouts through a virtual science experiment.
Our team guided the Scouts through the popular "Elephant Toothpaste" chemistry experiment from the You Be The Chemist 5th Edition Activity Guide. Many of the Scouts followed along with the activity using their own materials at home and were active participants, asking questions along the way.
We create chemistries in the communities we serve by helping students get excited about science! Through BASF's partnership with the Chemical Educational Foundation, BASF Charlotte employees recently guided the 5th grade class at Oakdale STEAM Elementary School in Rock Hill, SC, through a virtual science project.
The BASF team prepared and dropped off BASF Kids' Lab backpacks at the school with the items for the project and then worked with the students over video to complete an "Elephant Toothpaste" chemistry experiment from the You Be The Chemist 5th Edition Activity Guide.
Ahead of Earth Day 2021, the Charlotte Technical Center (CTC) Sustainability Team hosted an outdoor pollinator planting event at BASF's Steele Creek and Westinghouse sites.
One of the 2021 initiatives for the team is to earn a Wildlife Habitat Certification to support beautification efforts at the sites. Planting a pollinator garden is one of many ways to obtain the certification. This kind of garden is planted and designed with specific nectar and pollen-producing plants to attract pollinating insects known as pollinators. The pollinator event was an exciting step towards improving the Charlotte site’s environmental impact while supporting employee wellbeing.
On a Saturday in April, 22 volunteers helped take the first step to obtain the Wildlife Habitat Certification by successfully planting the pollinator gardens at both the Steele Creek and Westinghouse sites.
BASF Charlotte is a proud sponsor of the 2021 Charlotte Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS). LLS is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. To donate and support the BASF Charlotte LLS 2021 Man & Woman of the Year fundraising effort, visit www.HartmannsHope.com. Contributions accepted through June 3, 2021.
To learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit www.lls.org.