Over the years, the BASF Kids’ Lab program has been reaching out to children all over the world and this year is no exception- this will be their 20th year in fact!
Our family has always looked forward to Kids Lab sessions!
It checks all our boxes for good family fun: free activity (check), educational (check), fun (check) and hands-on and engaging (check)!
I mean how often do the kids get a chance to get all decked out in lab gear and goggles, and mess around like it’s their job to!!
Our session was conducted at BASF’s new and very swanky learning campus near One North. The learning campus, formerly a series of old colonial houses, is now a quaint precinct oozing with old-new world charm and flanked by lush greenery all round! Very nice.
BASF Kid’s Lab adopts a family-friendly approach with its signature hands-on learning of simple chemistry experiments pitched at an easily-digestible level to young children and suiting multiple learning styles!
This year the highlight will centre on two experiments:
- Poly Lab: children will discover the properties of plastics, and design a kit to separate and recycle plastics, and find out more about the amazing “corn starch” solution! Through hands-on experiments, they will find out how we can use and make plastics in a more environmentally friendly manner
- Colorful Butterfly: making use of materials available at home and applying simple science theories, children will be designing their own colorful butterfly.
Here’s what we love:
- Clear and Simple Steps: We love it that for all experiments, instructions are laid out clearly and simply enough for children to follow with laminated instructions. It’s truly the kids that take ownership for what they are doing and adults can take a step back and let the kids play scientist.
- Recording Observations: Each table is manned by friendly lab assistants who guide the children to record their predictions and observations before and after the experiments and direct the children to uncover key learning points at every stage of exploration!
Experiment 1: Polylab
In the first experiment, Poly Lab, the children were briefed on the different types of plastics (plastic bags, cups, bottles) in our immediate environment:
They were then led to separate different coloured plastic beads.
Next, the kids dabbled in the “amazing corn starch” experiment which hopes to point them to future renewable substitutes for plastic.
Experiment 2: Colourful Butterfly
This colorful experiment involves red cabbage and is wonderful for younger kids. The kids were instructed to rub the cabbage dye onto the paper butterfly and see the effect of water, lemon juice and soap solution on it!
BASF 2017: Sign up Now!
BASF Kids Lab 2017 is now open for registration.
Who: Kids 7-12year olds
When: June 6-11 2017(Tuesday to Sunday)
Time: 10.15am, 11.45am, 2.15pm, 3.45pm (1 hr 15min per session)
Where: Programme zone, Jurong Regional Library
1. Go to NLB website
2. Search for event: BASF Kids Lab
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