Investing in science, technology, engineering and math around the world.
Investing in science, technology, engineering and math around the world.

3M’s Commitment to Education

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:

  • Increase STEM exposure in K-12 classrooms and in afterschool activities 
  • Support experiential learning opportunities for high-school students
  • Enhance the quality of STEM teaching by investing in teacher professional development
  • Provide scholarships and support professional-development opportunities for diverse students

Featured K-12 Programs

  • 3M’s Science at Home provides teachers and parents with simple science experiments for kids that can be conducted at home by students ages 6-12. Demonstrated by 3M scientists and celebrities such as Miss America, these science experiments use common household items and are designed to reinforce core scientific principles. STEM education is critical to the future of science, and we’re committed to support schools everywhere through e-learning.

  • 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?

    2020-21 TECH Program Information Coming Soon.

  • 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.

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    FIRST®

    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.

  • Students and Teacher
    DonorsChoose.org

    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.


Featured Higher Education Programs

  • Frontline Team
    Frontline Sales Initiative

    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 sponsorship of WorldSkills
    WorldSkills

    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.

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    3M Scholarships

    3M is helping students pursue careers in STEM by providing the following scholarships:

    • Wallin Education Scholarship
    • UNCF Scholarships

    3M Scholarships

    • Georgia Tech (undergraduate only)
    • Northwestern University
    • Penn State
    • University of Illinois – Urbana
    • University of Minnesota
    • University of Wisconsin – Madison

Featured Educator and Professional Development Programs

  • 3M TWIST (Teachers Working in Science and Technology) invites middle and high school math, science and technology teachers to spend six weeks during the summer working closely with a 3M host on actual 3M research projects.

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    Professional Organizations

    3M has been a longtime supporter of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, which focuses on bringing diverse perspectives to American business.

  • DiscoverE activity
    DiscoverE

    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.


Our focus on STEM

  • STEM Day brings students closer to science at 3M
    STEM Day brings students closer to science at 3M

    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.

  • Dean Kamen poses with the FIRST® Robotics Students
    Dean Kamen Joins FIRST® Robotics Teams on 3M Plaza

    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.