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BASF x Louisiana Art & Science Museum Launch Virtual STEM Program

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The virtual learning lab will take place in a socially-distant classrooms where students can video conference with LASM to conduct The Energy Around Us.

BASF and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM) have launched their first-ever virtual Kids’ Lab program.

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The collaboration allows local students in the Greater Baton Rouge region to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions while still participating in a virtual version of BASF’s Kids’ Lab, a hands-on opportunity for students to explore connections between science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and their world.

The Kids’ Lab program offers all 2,250 fourth grade students throughout Ascension Parish the opportunity to learn about creating chemistry and STEM careers.

Students receive experiment supplies in their socially-distant classrooms and video conference with LASM to conduct The Energy Around Us, an electricity-focused activity that meets state education standards. Each student who participates receives a Kids’ Lab tote bag with a lab apron and safety glasses.

Sarah Haneline, workforce development manager at BASF’s Geismar site, said, “BASF’s Kids’ Lab has been offered to each Ascension Parish fourth grader in-person for 10 years, and we are thrilled that LASM can continue to provide this programming virtually. Virtual Kids’ Lab supports teachers in the classroom, helps build students’ understanding of how science impacts their everyday lives and connects how an interest in science and technology can lead to fun and rewarding careers.”

Ascension Parish superintendent, David Alexander, said, “We are truly grateful for BASF’s willingness to pivot with us and to work collaboratively to modify sponsored programs while aligning with government mandates. We appreciate BASF as a globally-invested corporation with a commitment to excellence, best practices and genuine compassion in service to our community. This partnership makes a difference in the lives of young people through STEM education, workforce development and community engagement."

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