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Children’s science lab sparks a passion for STEM

Media release

Hundreds of budding primary school-aged scientists will get a glimpse into their future careers by carrying out their own hands-on experiments at the annual BASF Kids’ Lab held at Curtin University.

Run by leading chemical company BASF in partnership with Curtin University, the Kids’ Lab program provides school children the opportunity to explore the wonders of chemistry in daily life.

Held over five days from August 26 to 30, about 700 children from primary schools across Perth will carry out hands-on, safe and colourful experiments under the supervision of scientists from Curtin.

BASF Australia and New Zealand Chairman and Managing Director David Hawkins said it was great to talk to kids about science and even better to allow them to experience the magic of chemistry for themselves.

“To attract young people to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), we need to show them how exciting science can be at a young age and expand the traditional view of what a scientist is,” Mr Hawkins said.

“Kids’ Lab highlights the important role chemistry plays in everyday life and in finding solutions for a sustainable future.”

Curtin University’s Dean of Science Professor Mark Buntine said the Kids’ Lab program was a fantastic opportunity for children to experience the excitement of science first-hand by becoming scientists for a day.

“These child scientists are given the chance to delve right into science by conducting hands-on experiments that are fun, safe and educational,” Professor Buntine said.

“Through this program, students will discover that the possibilities of a career in science are limitless because science is such an important part of our daily lives.

“It is exciting for Curtin to be working with BASF for a sixth consecutive year and continuing to help inspire the next generation of future scientists.”

For more information about the BASF Kids’ Lab, visit here.