Garfield Elementary students learn about polymers by making slime with Kids' Lab, a hands-on science program developed by BASF.

BASF creates chemistry with Wyandotte students through Kids’ Lab program

Sara Cambensy

It’s often said children learn by doing.

That’s especially true when it comes to science, as children at Garfield Elementary School discovered when they were recently introduced to the basic principles of chemistry and laboratory safety, thanks to volunteers from BASF and the Michigan Science Center.

More than 100 third- and fourth-grade students from the Wyandotte school learned about atoms, molecules and polymers by making slime as part of Kids’ Lab, a free interactive chemistry education program developed and provided by BASF.

The students also explored chromatography by breaking down the ink from markers using a solution of rubbing alcohol. Each child received his or her own backpack complete with safety glasses, apron, notebook, mechanical pencil and a certificate of participation.

“Kids’ Lab provided our students with the opportunity to use lab equipment and substances that are not readily available to us,” said third-grade teacher Jennifer Miller. “They loved doing fun, hands-on activities while learning science at the same time.”

BASF supports numerous programs that encourage students to pursue an interest in science and explore other 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.


Third- and fourth-grade students at Garfield Elementary School in Wyandotte add water to instant snow powder to observe the changes in texture and appearance as part of the Kids’ Lab program from BASF.