Learning Science the Fun Way

With the theme 'Bringing out the Chemist in You', Monash Malaysia hosted more than 500 kids during the annual BASF Kids' Lab event.

Monash University Malaysia hosted more than 500 kids during the annual BASF Kids’ Lab, held from 22 October to 24 October. Themed ‘Bringing out the Chemist in You’, the interactive science workshop also celebrated its 10th consecutive year in Malaysia.

“We are very pleased to once again collaborate with BASF. Over the last four years, our students and academics from the School of Science have been a part of the Kids’ Lab in Malaysia, working together to inculcate the love of learning through active participation in a laboratory setting,  specifically  in science, chemistry and engineering. This program also provides us an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Professor Helen Bartlett, President and Pro Vice Chancellor, Monash University Malaysia.

“Kids’ Lab offers great, hands-on programs that encourage students to explore and learn magical elements of science and chemistry together. Chemistry helps us understand the world around us that links many scientific disciplines such as biology, physics, geology and environmental science.  At  BASF,  we realise that today’s students are the future of our generation. They will be the leaders and innovators to help shape the world, so programs like Kids’ Lab is one of the enablers to let them explore the adventure in science,” said Andreas Biermann, Managing Director of BASF  Shared  Services  Center Kuala Lumpur.

During the three-day event, students were divided into smaller groups for each session. Each session which took approximately two hours, allowed students to perform hands-on experiments in Monash Malaysia’s chemistry labs, guided by academics and students from the School of Science and BASF volunteers.

Experiments included ‘Vitamin C’ where students learned the measuring techniques of Vitamin C content in different juice samples, and ‘Chemical Traffic Light’, which is an oxidation experiment which can be observed from the solutions’ changing colours.

Children attending the program this year includes students from the Dyslexic Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Sekolah Pendidikan Khas Selangor (Selangor School for Special Children) and five other primary schools within the Klang Valley area selected by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

BASF Kids’ Lab began at BASF’s headquarters in Germany in 1997, and is currently conducted in more than 30 countries. First held in Malaysia in 2006, BASF Kids’ Lab has since provided more than 10,000 Malaysia primary students with the opportunity to perform fun and safe chemistry experiments designed to be both educational and enjoyable. Children have fun while learning and understanding the principles, applications, and various benefits of chemistry when applied to health, hygiene, nutrition and industry.