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BASF Canada Sponsors Video Series to Boost School's Science Curriculum

Published on 2003-10-07. Author : SpecialChem

Program to be implemented at North Park Secondary High School

TORONTO, Ontario, October 6, 2003 -- From making choices about the products you buy to being prepared to compete in today's high tech workplace, science literacy has become a necessity for everyone. And students in North Park Secondary High School are getting help from BASF, which is underwriting their use of an innovative video series called Science Screen Reports.

"Science Screen Report" for secondary schools and "Science Screen Report for Kids" for elementary schools each consist of a series of videos that bring current information on developments in science, technology, the environment and medicine into classrooms.

"BASF is known as the company that helps make products better and we also have a commitment to helping make our schools and communities in which we do business better. This award-winning video series helps to engage students in the study of science and, perhaps, may help spark students' interest in pursuing scientific careers later in life," said Barry Nicholas, manager of BASF's Toronto site.

"We have a great relationship with this school. We regularly visit North Park to talk to students and drop off supplies such as furniture and computers no longer used at BASF," Nicholas said. "When we first approached Principal Doug Dennis and Gary Gladden, the head of the science department, and guided them through the sample tape, they were impressed with the high quality visuals and action. They were extremely receptive and requested additional information from us. It's an opportunity to start building a good science library they will be able to use in years to come."

Science Screen Report and Science Screen Report for Kids are both produced by Allegro Productions, a former Time Inc. company. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the Junior Engineering Technical Society help in the production of the programs. After more than 30 years of production, the series continues to receive the highest accolades, having won top honors at the National Educational Film Festival, as well as others around the world. BASF's Toronto site is comprised of two adjacent buildings, the head office and the actual plant. The plant has four areas: production, laboratories, automotive refinish training center and an assembly/commissioning area for paper chemical processing equipment. Approximately 230 people are employed at the site.

BASF: Helping Make Products Better™

BASF is the world's leading chemical company, offering its customers a range of high-performance products, including chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. Its distinctive approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund," is its strength. It enables BASF to achieve cost leadership and gives the company a competitive advantage. BASF conducts its business in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. In 2002, BASF had sales of $34 billion and more than 89,000 employees worldwide. BASF Corporation is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. In North America, 2002 sales were approximately $8.2 billion and the company employs approximately 12,000 people. For more information or to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.basf.com/usa.

Source: BASF Canada

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