“What did you do at school today?” Public school students had some amazing responses to this question as a result of their imaginative teachers and the 3M Robotics Innovation Challenge. In schools across the nation, students constructed robots to overcome environmental challenges like clearing a “landslide,” engineered alarms to safeguard their school supplies, programmed robots with sensors to race through a maze, and more.
Conducted in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the Robotics Innovation Challenge was a three-phase program that challenged teachers to come up with creative ways to help students learn about robotics, rewarded the most innovative and impactful projects, and incentivized teachers in other schools to replicate the winning projects. Over the course of the Challenge, 3M committed $500K to bring STEM learning experiences to K-12 students – many of them living in under-resourced communities.
Over 1,090 hands-on robotics projects were funded through the Robotics Innovation Challenge, reaching 169,690 students in more than 840 schools across all 50 states. 3M is pleased to partner with organizations like DonorsChoose.org that seek to reduce educational inequities, increase access to STEM learning experiences, and encourage students to love science as much as we do!
3Mgives improves lives and builds sustainable communities through social investments and thoughtful engagement of 3Mers worldwide. 3M was one of the first companies to establish a foundation in 1953, and since that time the company has contributed $1.45 billion in cash and in-kind gifts to community partners.
3Mgives continues to support initiatives that have a real impact in communities and that provide solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Our investments are more impactful as a result of partnerships with organizations with a proven track record for delivering results
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3Mgives supports initiatives that increase student interest in STEM and business to help build a diverse pipeline of future leaders.
For example, our 3M Visiting Wizards program shares the magic of science with students through demonstrations and hands-on experiments. More than 800,000 students have seen science applied in demonstrations ranging from catapults to cryogenics.
3Mgives enhances community vibrancy by improving standards of living, preparing youth for life-long success, increasing access to quality and diverse arts opportunities and contributing to global humanitarian relief efforts.
3Mgives invests in programs that foster sustainable communities.
In one example, 3M committed a $5 million investment to the Closed Loop Fund, a collaborative social impact resource that provides municipalities with access to capital needed to build comprehensive recycling programs.
At 3M, we believe in the power of our people to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. Through our skills-based service program, 3M Impact, teams of employees have an opportunity to travel to a different country, where they spend two immersive weeks collaborating with a local nonprofit organization, social enterprise or government agency to contribute to a solution for a pressing social or environmental issue.
Learn more about 3M Impact and hear about past participants’ experiences by visiting the program site:
We’re proud of how 3Mers support and invest in our communities. To show appreciation for your contributions, the 3M Foundation offers match programs for volunteering and financial gifts.
We’re pleased to partner with colleges/universities and volunteer organizations to amplify the contributions of employees and retirees through matching gifts.