VIDALIA, La. (KNOE 8 News & BASF) - Tuesday, Chemical Company BASF gave students at Vidalia Junior High School a chance to become scientists for a day during BASF Kids’ Lab.
With the help of 20 employee volunteers from BASF's sites in Vidalia, Geismar and Zachary, 300 students in grades 6th – 8th explored chemistry through safe and engaging hands-on experiments and learned the many ways that chemistry is part of daily life.
"We believe today's students are the innovators and leaders of the future, and BASF Kids' Lab is a great way to spark their interest in science-related careers," said Dwayne Nichols, Site Manager of BASF Vidalia. "Our partnership with Vidalia Junior High School is one of many ways that BASF employees create chemistry in the communities where they live and work."
BASF Kids’ Lab is an award-winning global program that encourages students to explore the connections between chemistry and the world around them. During BASF Kids' Lab, students performed a series of experiments to learn about polymers and chromatography.
"The most common phrase I heard during the lab from the students was, 'Wow, this is awesome!,” said Whest Shirley, Principal of Vidalia Junior High School. "We're extremely happy to partner with BASF, and we're looking forward to more projects with this great company as they bring chemistry into our classrooms."
BASF also supports Vidalia Junior High School through donations and other adopt-a-school activities. In addition to Concordia Parish, BASF employee volunteers have brought interactive Kids’ Lab events to a variety of schools in Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes located near BASF facilities in Louisiana.
The Vidalia site is part of BASF’s Catalysts division and manufactures activated alumina adsorbents used in a variety of chemical, petrochemical and oil and gas applications, including the purification of natural gas. In addition to the Vidalia site, BASF’s manufacturing presence in Louisiana includes operations in Geismar and Zachary.