BASF Kids‘ Lab awarded Best Workshop: Innovation at SciFest 2017.

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Johannesburg, South Africa – 07 April 2017. BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, was awarded 'Best Workshop Innovation' for its highly successful Kids’ Lab workshops at the National Science Festival (SciFest) in Grahamstown held earlier in March 2017.

Developed by the Kids' Lab Competence Center in Ludwigshafen, Germany, this new experimentation programme marks the 20th anniversary of BASF Kids' Labs. Like the previous programmes, "Water Loves Chemistry" (2011) and "Keep cool!" (2015), the latest programme deals with a topic that concerns us all: How can good nutrition contribute to a healthy lifestyle?

Once again children between the ages of 7 and 14 had the opportunity to participate in hands-on, interactive chemical experiments to detect and identify vitamins and secondary metabolites (pigments) and to explore chemistry by engaging and collaborating with each other. The BASF Kids’ Lab team once again worked together with the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, whose fully trained team members assisted in supervising the experiments. 

In three new exciting experiments, the children investigated dietary components and were taught methods to analyse these substances. "These mobile Kids’ Lab workshops provide a fun environment for practical experiments designed to enable kids to learn about nutrition facts, encouraging them to make positive changes to their eating habits, which are important to their future health," says Benoit Fricard, Managing Director at BASF Holdings South Africa.

At the end of each workshop, each child received an Experimentation Diploma as well as experiment tips for the whole family and background information with classroom tips for teachers. Apart from the greater emphasis on sustainable impact, the Kids’ Lab programme also contributes to the implementation of multiple United Nations development goals.
Kids’ Lab allows young people to gain a better understanding of chemistry and encourages them to find out more about the world around them. All of this is done in a fun and practical learning environment for both the learners and facilitators.

About BASF – Country Cluster Southern Africa:
BASF has been founded in South Africa, which is the hub into Sub-Saharan Africa, 50 years ago. Headquartered in Midrand, Johannesburg, the BASF Group in South Africa consists of five companies with main locations in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. BASF has five productions sites, including a world-class automotive emissions catalysts production site in Port Elizabeth and a dispersions production plant located in Durban, which is producing and exporting acrylic dispersions. Other sites include a construction chemicals production site in Westonaria. Since 2013 BASF Agricultural Specialities, former Becker-Underwood,  situated in Durban, forms also part of the South African business profile. In 2015 BASF Zambia Ltd, a sales organization, with focus on the agriculture and mining business, was inaugurated in Lusaka, Zambia.Since end of 2016 Chemetall South Africa, with a production site located in Boksburg and various offices and warehouses in Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban has been added to the local portfolio.  BASF has a staff complement of around 1000 people in South Africa. Further information 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