2015_06_23_KidsLabJAPAN: BASF is making food and refrigeration the focus of a set of new experiments to help kids understand more about how things keep cool.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the German chemical company is hosting a Keep Cool! workshop as part of its Roppongi Hills Summer Kids’ Workshop programme in Tokyo in July,

At the workshop, BASF will be showing youngsters how growing populations pose an unprecedented strain on food supply, and how poor refrigeration of food during the transportation process can lead to massive food spoilage and food loss. The young participants will investigate the topics of temperature and thermal conductivity, and at the same time learn more about how science can tackle global food challenges.

“In our anniversary year, BASF employees, participants in Kids’ Lab, customers, and members of the community around the world are all working together on global themes that are important to our future,” said Dr Joerg-Christian Steck, representative director and president of BASF Japan.

“At this special BASF Kids’ Lab session here in Japan, we are helping kids take a fresh look at the relationship between food, temperature, and science through simple, hands-on experiments that make science fun.”

BASF Kids’ Lab is a free, interactive chemistry education programme to introduce kids to chemistry through simple and safe chemistry experiments to children aged six to 12. The programme began at BASF’s headquarters in Germany in 1997, and is currently conducted in more than 30 countries worldwide. Kids’ Lab has been held in Japan since 2003, with more than 4,000 children participating to date.