More than 100 third and fourth grade students learned about atoms, molecules, and polymers by making slime as part of Kids’ Lab, a free interactive chemistry education program developed and provided by BASF. The students also explored chromatography by breaking down the ink from markers using a solution of rubbing alcohol. Each child received their own backpack complete with safety glasses, apron, notebook, mechanical pencil, and a certificate of participation.
“Kids’ Lab provided our students with the opportunity to use lab equipment and substances that are not readily available to us,” said third grade teacher Jennifer Miller. “They loved doing fun, hands-on activities while learning science at the same time.”
BASF supports numerous programs that encourage students to pursue an interest in science and explore career possibilities in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math. Since 2010, more than 400,000 students have participated in BASF’s award-winning science education programs throughout North America. The Michigan Science Center also hosts Kids’ Lab on weekends at its Detroit facility.