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New Chemistry Lab in Wroc³aw
A new chemistry lab for children and teenagers opened at Wroc³aw Research Centre EIT+ in the southwestern city of Wroc³aw Sept. 10 in a project financially supported by multinational chemical giant BASF.

The lab is expected to attract about 10,000 schoolchildren and teenagers a year from Wroc³aw and the entire southwestern Lower Silesia region, enabling them to discover the fascinating world of chemistry, according to BASF Polska, the Polish subsidiary of the global chemical company.

The new laboratory has been established as part of a partnership agreement signed late last year between BASF Polska and Wroc³aw Research Centre EIT+, a research and technology organization that focuses on innovation, new technology and research for industry and the Polish economy as a whole.

The new laboratory will enable children and young people to conduct chemical experiments under the supervision of experienced educators, using state-of-the-art equipment. Such workshops are targeted at children and teenagers aged from four to 16.

Education at the laboratory is expected to be fun for young people rather than ordinary school work. Each workshop participant will be able to get to feel like a seasoned scientist. Fifteen students can experiment at the new lab at a time.

BASF Polska has been promoting chemistry education in Poland for years. Since 2010 the company has been the exclusive partner of a chemical laboratory at Warsaw’s Copernicus Science Center. To stimulate interest in chemistry among young people, the company also runs an educational page (Chemiatomy) on Facebook, where people can find the latest news from the world of chemistry, pose questions to members of the Polish Chemical Society, and take part in chemistry contests. BASF Polska also works with a number of leading universities in Poland.

Bartosz Grzybiński