‘Kids Lab’ teaches children in PH how to be ‘clever foodies’

By Crista Quintos

The local office of German chemical company BASF recently conducted the Kids Lab program, its long-running corporate citizenship activity where primary school-aged children are offered the opportunity to experience simple and safe chemistry experiments to appreciate science and chemistry.

In honor of Kids Lab’s 20th year, BASF designed the theme “Clever Foodies” which consists of experiments that focus on the importance of vitamins in good nutrition.

“Through BASF Kids’ Lab, we provide kids from a variety of backgrounds with the opportunity to experience chemistry through hands-on experiments. This year, to celebrate the United Nations’ World Food Day, we are introducing a new series of experiments: the ‘Clever Foodies’ program. This program helps boost children’s dietary awareness and encourage them to make positive changes towards healthier eating,” said Ronald Mercado, managing director of BASF Philippines.

During the event, mentors guided elementary school students from public schools in Taguig City as well as partners from Gawad Kalinga communities. They explored and discussed Vitamin C and other substances contained in fruits and vegetables to better understand the benefits on choosing to eat a nutrient-filled food.

The first Kids Lab program that was held at the BASF headquarters in Germany had been the catalyst for other events to prosper around BASF communities across the globe. The Kids Lab initiative has helped over 3,000 children to experiment and discover the world of chemistry and other scientific areas not oftentimes discussed in school.

BASF has also donated the first and only Virtual Chemical Reactions Interactive Touch Table at the Atom Gallery at the Mind Museum in Taguig.

The Touch Table uses digital simulations, audio, and animations to help children explore and understand the world of chemistry so that they can observe the chemical reactions between various substances in a completely safe and interactive environment.

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