BASF is a chemical company headquartered in Germany with a global presence. They have a saying: “We create chemistry”.
And one of their social responsibility is to make science/chemistry fun and enjoyable to kids at a young age.
I wished we had all these when we were young! My recollection of chemistry in school was the memorisation of the periodic table!
With presence in more than 30 countries, BASF Kids’ Lab was set up to allow kids to have fun in experiment and marvel at how chemistry works in today’s world.
BASF is back in Singapore again this Nov/Dec school holidays to wow and interest kids in science!
Most importantly – FOR FREE! Yes!
Don’t miss out this immensely popular experiment workshop which will be held for FREE at Ang Mo Kio Library.
Hands-on Interactive Chemistry Education Program
Who: Kids 6 to 12 years old
When: Tues, 15th Nov 2016 to Sun, 20th Nov 2016
Time*: 10:15am, 11:45am, 2:15pm & 3:45pm
Where: Programme Zone, Ang Mo Kio Library
* Each session is limited to 40 participants and is 1 hr 15 mins in duration
To register, please go online to www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary and search for BASF Kids Lab using as the keyword.
** The registration starts on 17th Oct 2016 (TODAY!) and slots are running out fast!
Here’s a preview of what Ethen experienced during our media event held at Playeum:
Safety goggles, protective apro, a notebook, pen and gloves (no less) are given to the kids after registration. Safety first is BASF’s priority as the kids will be handling real chemical! Nothing to worry about as long as they don’t decide to put stuff in their mouth.
We were introduced to the what BASF is about and why they are engaging kids to learn about chemistry at a young age. BASF doesn’t actually manufacture things but it make things better/easier. E.g. They make the rubber in the rubber soles of a track shoes and etc.
The kids were reminded of the safety rules as they are dealing with the real chemical stuff.
Investigations and Experiments
There were 2 different experiments that the kids worked on.
A) Where is Vitamin “C”
B) UV Investigation
What I liked about this session:
1) Real apparatus
It is real iodine, real beaker, UV torch and even real chemical. Keeping it real make the fun even more fun (and exciting!). I thought it is great to let primary school kids dabble with the real stuff before they even reach secondary school age.
2) Clear instructions
There was an instructor and an assistant at each table of 8 kids (who were paired up). There were more than sufficient staff around to help out and guide the kids. The instructor gave good instructions to start the kids off and stop them if they are doing something dangerous. Otherwise, the kids were encouraged to observe, draw their own conclusion and write their observations down in the note book.
I liked it that the instructor didn’t just gave the answers too quickly. Rather they paused and allowed the kids to consider the results of the experiments and draw their own conclusion. And conclusions do not need to be the same. E.g. There is vitamin C in lemon juice OR There is less Vitamin in green tea. Both observations are correct.
The kids were paired off; thus they learnt teamwork too. Ethen had a bit of problem with an enthusiastic partner who prefer to conduct all experiments by himself. The protective mummy in me wanted to step in…. but I held out and waited to see how he resolved it. He did! without (much) force nor squabbles.
3) Not 1 but 2 experiments!
That’s a bonus. With 2 different experiments in 1 session, the kids get to “play” more. The second experiment was more of an investigation on UV rays and the kids made real sunblock! Ethen’s observation was that the chemical reaction created yogurt-like substance (sunblock lotion)!
It was a 1hr 15 mins session but felt that the kids wanted to do more! The curious mind of a young kid knows no boundaries.
The kids were encouraged to share their answers and observations.
Science were made simpler for the young kids to understand and concepts were broken down to bite-size information. BASF Kids’ Lab is on their way to nurture many new scientists amongst our new generation!
It was a good session not to be missed.
Do hop onto www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary to book your slot before it all runs out.
Thank you for BASF Kids’ Lab for giving us an opportunity to experience this and Ethen said he hope science will “become popular”!