A lack of access to education and training are among the biggest threats to the future of innovation.
The COVID pandemic has impacted education in unprecedented ways, which is why 3M is pleased to support accessible, distance learning programming as children get a new school year underway. According to a recent study, a majority of parents want their local schools to provide a blend of in-person and remote learning or fully remote-learning – reinforcing the critical need for distance learning solutions and resources. We believe in supporting the next generation of innovators and thinkers, which is why 3M scientists are playing their part to support children everywhere with e-learning content.
These simple, at-home experiments conducted by 3M scientists use common household items and are designed to reinforce core scientific principles. School systems, educators, parents, and caregivers are encouraged to use this educational content in virtual classrooms and at home.
3M will post new experiments, featuring 3M scientists and some special guests along the way. Be sure to check back weekly for new content to try at home.
Watch more science experiments designed, and tailored, for kids at home using commonly available items from around your place of living. Each experiment includes information on how to include them in your distance learning curriculum.
In this experiment, you will build a paper rocket that can be propelled with air. You’ll explore using air as a form of thrust, while changing variables along the way to make your rocket fly farther or straighter.
The reaction between baking soda and acid has been known for a long time. Its most common use is in baking, where the carbon dioxide gas that is produced makes things puff and rise. But how could you use this same chemical reaction to blow up a balloon?
Have you ever wondered how skyscrapers can be so tall? Or how people build bridges to span long distances? Explore engineering techniques to build sturdy structures using only marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti.
Learn about what inspired these real-life scientists to observe the world around them and the advice they have for aspiring scientists.
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3M has a long history of supporting STEM and quality education programming. We have specific goals to advance equitable outcomes in STEM and Skilled Trades for underrepresented and under-resourced students.
Learn more about 3M’s educational giving and partner organizations here.