"Since we launched the BASF Virtual Lab in 2018, in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training, we have launched 14 experiments in Vietnamese, contributing to the country's STEM education and preparing its youth for the future with necessary skills and knowledge," said Erick Contreras, managing director, BASF Vietnam,
The new experiments, 'How Does Soap Wash Things?' and 'How Do You Trap Sound?', are designed as online games that blend education and fun. The experiments aim to ignite a passion for chemistry in students and deepen scientific understanding.
The 'How Does Soap Wash Things?' research helps students explore the scientific process of making soap and its role in maintaining hygiene. This fun-filled game also introduces vital hygiene practices among young learners to keep them safe and healthy.
The 'How Do You Trap Sound?' experiment takes children on a journey through the world of acoustics. Utilising everyday materials like rubber bands and used milk cartons, students can build simple musical instruments as well as learn about sound waves and their measurements. This experiment is a combination of science, music, and creativity that inspires children to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary.
BASF Virtual Lab, an integral part of BASF’s global Kids’ Lab initiative, offers a rich variety of interactive experiments.
Children can engage in these activities from anywhere and at any time, playing the role of a junior researcher in a virtual laboratory environment. Each experiment is accompanied by clear, kid-friendly explanations from Dr. Bubbles, the animated Kids’ Lab mascot, making complex concepts understandable and enjoyable.
Initiatives like BASF Kids’ Lab, a collaborative effort with the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training, have already enriched the lives of 5,000 primary school children since 2011 by making chemistry fun and hands-on.
Through partnerships with local non-governmental organisations like ‘Think Playgrounds’, seven public playgrounds were built in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, turning playtime into a learning experience for approximately 32,000 children. In addition, BASF and its partners have revitalised seven schools through Saigon Children’s Charity, supporting Vietnam’s educational development since 2015.
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