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“Future scientists” get their first taste of chemistry

Auckland’s “future scientists” get their first taste of chemistry at BASF Kids’ Lab

Sydney, Australia – November 22, 2017 – Students from five primary schools across Auckland will don their safety goggles and head to the science labs at the University of Auckland for the annual BASF Kids’ Lab program from 22 - 23 November 2017.

Locally organised in partnership with The University of Auckland, BASF will give primary school children a hands-on experience conducting safe, colourful chemistry experiments, under the supervision of a team of scientists from the University at Kids’ Lab.

Set to spark the imagination of young students through a variety of simple, fun science experiments, BASF Kids’ Lab has been developed to encourage an interest in science from a young age.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of BASF Kids’ Lab worldwide. By conducting fun-filled, interactive and safe experiments, children will be able to gain a basic understanding of how chemistry plays an important role in our daily lives,” said BASF Australia and New Zealand’s Chairman and Managing Director, David Hawkins. “We hope that the Kids’ Lab experience will continue to open children’s minds to and ignite a passion in science and chemistry that could one day see them working in a company like BASF,” added Hawkins.

Local primary schools (listed below) are participating in the one-day program which includes experiments such as:
• Paper chromatography - Children will observe the make-up of certain colours and experience what happens when they are separated using a chromatographic process.
• Heat sensitive worms - Children partake in an experiment introducing an alginate gel (the ‘worm’) to a thermochromic dye that changes colour in response to a change in temperature.
• Slime - By learning to make slime, students will understand how chemicals react together to form new compounds and how chemistry has a fun application. The children will take home their own slime sample.
Participating schools:
• Henderson Primary School
• Kauri Flats School
• Auckland Normal School
• St. Mary’s Primary School
• Belmont Intermediate
About BASF in Australia and New Zealand
BASF posted sales of about €417 million in Australia and New Zealand in 2016, serving key industries in the agriculture, coatings, construction, manufacturing and mining sectors. As of the end of 2016, the company had 493 employees and operated 13 production sites across the sub-region, manufacturing agricultural solutions, performance products and functional materials & solutions. BASF has been active in Australia for more than 90 years, and for about 60 years in New Zealand. Further information is available on the Internet at

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at

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