More than 100 fifth grade students learned about atoms, experimented with static electricity, and created energy from produce as part of Kids’ Lab, a free interactive chemistry education program developed and provided by BASF. The students connected pieces of potato together with hobby wire, alligator clips, and mini copper and zinc plates to create a battery that would illuminate a small LED light. Each child received their own backpack complete with safety glasses, apron, notebook, mechanical pencil, and a certificate of participation.
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.