Supporting Our Hometown

3M Tech Talks

Technical Teams Encouraging Career Horizons

3M Tech Talks aim to broaden students’ understanding of science and engineering careers. Middle and high school is the time when most students ‘self-eliminate’ themselves from science career paths. Science and math can seem too hard, not tied to real life and too much of a hassle. Typically, students have few or no role models for what a scientific career could be or why it is fun and rewarding. That’s where Tech Talks come in.

  • student exploring science

    How it works

    3M Tech Talks offer virtual and in-person classroom visits to provide students, especially those from underrepresented communities, with the opportunity to meet and interact with role models in technical careers. 3M volunteers from a variety of technical job positions, degree levels and backgrounds participate. 3Mers will share stories from their own career path, guidance on courses to take now to prepare for college and even demonstrations of the products or technology they have worked on throughout their careers.

How to sign up

Schools and organizations wanting to request a Tech Talk should register for an account. Once registered, you can submit a request for a Tech Talk, including your requested day, time and topic. When an available 3Mer signs up to fulfill your request, you’ll be connected via email, where you can discuss logistics, questions or special requests. 

Tech Talks are limited to the surrounding areas of 3M Center in St. Paul, MN. We are only able to send one team per school, and in the interest of the volunteers, we ask that you try to limit the school periods to four hours total.

"The 3M Tech Talks visits are great because for many of the students it is their only opportunity to talk to real-life scientists. They get to see that they are real people; they don't have to be geniuses to go into science."
3M Tech Talks Program Participating Teacher