BASF, LASM launch virtual STEM learning program

BASF and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM) recently launched their first-ever virtual Kids’ Lab program, according to a BASF press release. The collaboration allows local students in the Baton Rouge region to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions while virtually exploring the 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. Previously, students traveled to LASM to participate in in-person learning and hands-on science experiments. Now, 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.

Over the last 10 years, BASF has donated nearly $1 million to LASM supporting a wide array of STEM programming and activities for local students. Support also included targeted donations to help the museum navigate a loss of funding during COVID. See the full story.