The holidays are almost upon us and I have been searching for new activities for the kids. So when I came across the BASF series of science workshops, I knew that they would be ideal for my boys and I was delighted when I received a media invite to check out the science workshop.
The workshop is in it's 11th year running and they take place all over the world. This year, the experiments were focused on water purification and analysing how super absorbents work.
The workshops are run under the watchful eye of the friendly facilitators who did a superb job in engaging the kids and assisting them. They really made the whole scientific experience such a joy that I won't be surprised if I end up with a scientist in the family.
You might be curious about what the kids got up to...
Well, in the first water purification experiment, the kids added sand, wooden sticks and a drop of dye to some water and then used a sieve and charcoal to remove the impurities.
In the second experiment, the kids were asked to analyse the effect of super absorbents in sand and how super absorbent polymers had the ability to absorb water in large amounts. They were given the opportunity to slowly add water to the super absorbents and observe it turn into a gel-like texture. They loved this!
The facilitators also explained how super absorbents are used in golf courses to help the grass retain water and hence reduce the need for watering. Finally, there was an experiment that involved a diaper that drew lots of 'eewwws' from the crowd but the kids were reasonably enthralled and asked if they could buy a diaper to experiment on at home.
But what I really loved was that after each experiment, the kids were asked to observe the results and draw their observations in the blank journals that they were given. The kids really enjoyed the whole process of discovery and being able to experiment freely with the chemicals.
In all, we had a really good time. The kids were raving about the experience as we drove home and that couldn't have made me happier. Thanks BASF for the enriching and fun time! I can't wait to see what you come up with next year.
* From 31 May - 7 June 2014, the BASF Kids' Lab workshops will be run at Jurong Regional Library. The workshops are really popular and all places have been snapped up but if you would like to be notified of their future workshops, you can find more information at their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BASF.KidsLabAPAC