3M partners with schools, universities and other community organizations around the globe to ensure students and teachers have the tools, resources and knowledge they need to succeed in STEM. We also encourage 3Mers to share their love of science with the next generation of science leaders. It is through these interventions that we work to support a diverse pipeline of STEM talent. Our goals are to:
The aim of the TECH program is to broaden students understanding of what science and engineering careers are—that is, who goes into these jobs and how did they get there?
3M's STEP program provides high school juniors and seniors of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to participate in the process of scientific discovery at 3M. Through mentoring by 3M volunteers, paid classroom instruction and summer employment in a 3M laboratory, STEP students will increase job skills, gain insight into scientific careers, and enhance their personal development.
3M Visiting Wizards encourage young people to become interested in science and technology and aim to raise interest in STEM. 3M Wizards showcase interesting and fun science demonstrations and hands-on experiments on a variety of topics. These simple experiments can help youth understand how 3M science can impact everyday life.
3M partners with FIRST® to help young people discover and develop a passion for STEM through team sponsorship and with the support of 3M volunteers, FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® Robotics Competition teams.
Since 2003, 3M has provided $4.1 million in 3M Ingenuity Grants to support classroom STEM projects that enhance learning. In 2014, 3M partnered with DonorsChoose.org to broaden the program’s reach. Today, all of 3M’s U.S. locations can help invest $500,000 in local community projects led by teachers.
The Frontline Sales Initiative is an innovative education partnership with universities across the U.S. The program enhances sales education at colleges with the goal of elevating sales as a discipline and profession.
3M is helping to generate interest and passion for skilled trades through its sponsorship of WorldSkills. This global organization showcases the value of skills and raises recognition of skilled professionals worldwide.
3M is helping students pursue careers in STEM by providing the following scholarships:
3M has been a longtime supporter of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, which focuses on bringing diverse perspectives to American business.
3M joins with DiscoverE, a national organization that encourages and supports student achievement in STEM and exposes them to various STEM careers. Hundreds of 3M volunteers lead classroom activities, mentor teams and judge science fairs that positively impact more than 6,000 students each school year.
To be it, you need to see it. That was the mantra for about 50 east metro high school students visiting 3M's Customer Innovation Center in spring 2019, as they learned about STEM careers from the people living them – 3Mers. The students were on campus as part of 3M's longstanding partnership with HandsOn Twin Cities, a volunteer resource center celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 3M is the center's premier sponsor for the anniversary year and the STEM Day event was a way to highlight that relationship – while also giving some motivated students the chance to learn about career opportunities in STEM. Engineers and scientist from 3M shared their experiences getting into their careers, social media specialists gave advice on building professional profiles on LinkedIn, and students were able to learn about some of the 51 technology platforms – like adhesives and abrasives – that 3M uses when developing its products.
Hosted by 3M, the “Robots Invade the Plaza” event celebrated students’ achievements in STEM and the strong partnership between 3M and FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization that promotes youth engagement in STEM. Dean Kamen, founder of the FIRST® organization, was the guest of honor. An inventor, entrepreneur and advocate for STEM, the students were eager to take selfies with Kamen and ask him to sign their robots.