Western Australia's future scientists get their first taste of chemistry at BASF Kids' Lab

22-Jun-2017 11:51 AM

  • More than 1,600 local primary students conduct hands-on experiments at Curtin labs from 23-29 June, 2017
  • Educational program highlights to children how chemistry plays a role in daily life
  • Celebrates 20 years of creating chemistry with children worldwide

Perth, Australia – June 23, 2017 – Hundreds of students from primary schools in Western Australia will don their safety goggles and head to the science labs at Curtin University’s Bentley campus for the annual BASF Kids’ Lab program, which runs from 23-29 June.

Locally organised in partnership with Curtin University, BASF will give primary school children a hands-on experience conducting safe, colourful chemistry experiments, under the supervision of a team of scientists from the University at Kids’ Lab.

Set to spark the imagination of young students through a variety of simple, fun science experiments, BASF Kids’ Lab has been developed to encourage an interest in science from a young age.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of BASF Kids’ Lab worldwide. By conducting fun-filled, interactive and safe experiments, children will be able to gain a basic understanding of how chemistry plays an important role in our daily lives,” said BASF Australia and New Zealand’s Chairman and Managing Director, David Hawkins. “We hope that the Kids’ Lab experience will continue to open children’s minds to and ignite a passion in science and chemistry that could one day see them working in a company like BASF,” added Hawkins. 

Professor Mark Buntine from Curtin University’s School of Science said “I am delighted to work with BASF for a fourth consecutive year. We are always looking for ways to ignite the passion for science in our next generation of future scientists and the BASF program is a great way of achieving this.” Professor Mark Buntine said.

“Through the program, budding young scientists learn that the possibilities of a science career are endless because science is such a large part of our daily lives.”

Local primary schools (listed below) are participating in the one-day program which includes experiments such as:

Magic blue reaction - By using methylene blue and glucose, kids see how a substance reacts with a reducing agent, which takes away the oxygen and makes it colourless.

Natural toothpaste – Kids learn how to make a safe and fluoride-free toothpaste using ingredients commonly found in the home.

Heat sensitive worms – Kids partake in an experiment introducing an alginate gel (the ‘worm’) to a thermochromic dye that changes colour in response to a change in temperature.

Slime – Always one of the favourites, kids get to learn how to make slime! the learning from this experiment comes from understanding how chemicals react together to form new compounds and how chemistry has a fun application. The children take home their own sample of slime (maybe not such a favourite of the parents!)

The schools attending the session are:

Kennedy Baptist College Yangebup Primary School
Hillside Christian College
St Kierans Catholic College
Ballajura Primary School
Bunbury John Calvin
Boyare Primary School
Fremantle Primary School
Marangaroo Primary School
South Perth Primary School
St Stephen's School (Carramar campus)
Rawlinson Primary School
Ursula Frayne Catholic College
Woodlupine Primary School
Saint Lawrence Primary (Geraldton)
Rockingham John Calvin
Heritage College
Presbyterian Ladies College
Photo opportunities:
Photo opportunities are available at this event.

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