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. It is through these interactions that we support the next generation of great leaders, thinkers and creators.


  • Increase student achievement in STEM and business curriculum
  • Support post-secondary programs that attract, retain and develop graduate students
  • Promote equity by driving access to quality education for all communities

Featured K-12 Programs

  • 3M TECH (Technical Teams Encouraging Career Horizons)

    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 STEP (Science Training Education Program)

    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

    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.

  • FIRST challenge


    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

    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 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


    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

    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


    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

  • Teacher Dwayne Reed holds thank-you card from student

    3M encouraged students to recognize science teachers

    3M and, a social change organization, teamed up with Chicago educator and social media star Dwayne Reed to encourage students to give thanks for their outstanding science teachers. The ‘Thanks a Billion’ campaign provided $50,000 in grants to science teachers across the U.S. We’re proud to partner with organizations like that support education, inspire students to make a difference and encourage the next generation to develop a passion for STEM.

  • 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.

Education Grants

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