BASF supports local science education

Staff reports

Employee volunteers from BASF in Geismar, La., recently brought the company’s popular Kids’ Lab program to students (kindergarten through eighth grade) at St. George School in Baton Rouge. 

 On January 31 and February 6, students performed hands-on chemistry experiments  exploring chemical absorption, how polymers work and the mysteries of chromatography.

 “Our hope is that this enthusiasm for experimenting and chemistry will carry on year after year. We really want kids to explore education in the sciences,” said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and Manager of the BASF site in Geismar. “Through our Kids’ Lab program, we are creating fun with chemistry and encouraging kids to explore the connections to chemistry in the world around them.”

 Each instructor-led Kids’ Lab workshop offered safe and engaging chemical experiments, coupled with interactive demonstrations. Some of the experiment topics included water purification, chalk and paper chromatography, pH indicators and a real kid favorite: making slime.