Perth, Australia – 22 August, 2018 – Following National Science Week, leading chemical company BASF will give hundreds of children the opportunity to become scientists for a day at Curtin University. BASF’s Kids’ Lab program provides children with the opportunity to discover the world of chemistry through simple, fun-filled experiments that highlight how chemistry plays an important role in enriching our daily lives.
Over five days, from 27 August, the children, aged between nine and twelve from primary schools across Perth, will carry out experiments under the supervision of experienced chemists at Curtin University’s Bentley Campus.
“Our Kids’ Lab program is designed to spark the interest of students from an early age and show them how a career in science can be exciting and innovative, through hands-on, safe experiments,” David Hawkins, Chairman and Managing Director, BASF Australia and New Zealand said.
The need to attract kids into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is more important than ever.
“STEM skills are critical to the management and success of research and development projects as well as the day to day competitiveness of business, through Kids’ Lab we’re able to engage their interest from an early age,” Hawkins said.
Professor Mark Buntine, Curtin University’s Dean of Science said, “We are looking forward to working with BASF for a fifth consecutive year and helping to awaken great scientific minds of the future.
“It is vital that we find ways to inspire in our next generation a real love of science and the BASF program is a fantastic way to do this,” Professor Buntine said.
“This is a rare opportunity for aspiring young scientists to realise that the possibilities of a science career are endless because science is such a big part of day-to-day life.”