BASF Partners With Michigan Science Center To Fund Kids’ Lab Programming

Sara Cambensy

For the sixth consecutive year, BASF Corporation has partnered with the Michigan Science Center to deliver Kids’ Lab programming. Kids’ Lab is a BASF-branded hands-on science program tailored to engage students ages 4-12.

The science-themed activities at MiSci and in the local community will help to spark interest in young learners and inspire future scientists. The nearly $50,000 contribution from BASF will allow Kids’ Lab at MiSci to run through Nov. 30, 2019.

“We are thankful to BASF for its continued support, and for recognizing the importance of making science education easily accessible to all through the Kids’ Lab program,” said Charles Gibson, director of Innovation and Outreach at the Michigan Science Center. “Our hope is that Kids’ Lab gets students excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.”

This year’s in-museum Kids’ Lab activities consist of more than 100 lab sessions during public weekend hours and during MiSci’s summer camps. Activities will be offered in Centennial Lab, a replica of a historic chemistry lab located on MiSci’s lower level and are included with paid general admission. Kids’ Lab includes seven specific programs:

  • Playful Polymers: Explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients.
  • pHun Factor: Lemons and vinegar…. bananas and baking soda … discover what these seemingly weird pairings have in common. Explore the pH scale using two very different methods.
  • The Rainbow Connection: Explore the magic behind a colorful chemical process.
  • The Great Chemistry Caper: Discover how chromatography can be used to solve some silly mysteries.
  • Energy Loves Produce: Learn how electricity can be generated using popular produce.
  • Happy Hands: Understand the key role emulsifiers play in a popular body product. Apply this knowledge while creating a batch of hand lotion.
  • Chemistry is Bananas: Put on gloves and goggles and discover what people have in common with bananas. Get a firsthand look at an amazing material that makes all life possible.

Additionally, MiSci will offer 60 sessions of free BASF Kids’ Lab programming through its Traveling Science program to public and private schools in both Wyandotte and Southfield.

“Kids always seem to have a sense of wonder,” said Molly Borst, manager of BASF’s STEM education program. “Through our interactive Kids’ Lab program, BASF and our partners focus that sense of wonder by pairing chemistry with fun and a hands-on opportunity to explore connections between science and their world.”

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