Awakening Interest in the Natural Sciences – BASF's Kids' Labs


  • Cinthia Lang BASF Schweiz AG Klybeckstrasse 141 CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland.



Experiments, Hands-on labs, Kids and chemistry


At BASF's Ludwigshafen headquarters, kids and young adults in grades 1–13 can learn about chemistry in the Kids' Labs. Different programs exist for different levels of knowledge. In the two 'Hands-on Lab H2O & Co.' Kids' Labs, students from grades 1–6 explore the secrets of chemistry. BASF Kids' Labs have now been set up in over 30 countries. In Switzerland alone, almost 2,000 students have taken part in the 'Water Loves Chemistry' Kids' Lab since it was started in 2011. In Alsace, 600 students have participated to date. In the Teens' Lab 'Xplore Middle School', middle school students explore five different programs with the themes 'substance labyrinth', 'nutrition', 'coffee, caffeine & co.', 'cosmetics' and 'energy'. Biotechnological methods are the focus of the Teens' Lab 'Xplore Biotech' for students taking basic and advanced biology courses. In the 'Xplore High School' Teens' Lab, chemistry teachers present their own experimental lab instruction for students in basic and advanced chemistry courses. The Virtual Lab has been expanding the offerings of the BASF Kids' Labs since 2011. The online lab was developed by the company for the International Year Of Chemistry and gives kids and young adults the opportunity to do interactive experiments outside of the lab.




How to Cite

C. Lang, Chimia 2012, 66, 848, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2012.848.