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Science at Home

3M is committed to helping teachers, students and parents adapt to new distance learning routines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    STEM education is critical to the future of science

    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.

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    3M’s Science at Home makes e-learning fun with engaging and educational DIY science experiments for children ages 6-12.

    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. 

  • Science Experiments for Kids 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.

  • Do different light sources produce different light waves? In this activity, you will make a spectroscope, which is a device used for looking at the different colors that make up light.

  • Why does it only rain sometimes, and not whenever there are clouds in the sky? This experiment will model what is happening when clouds finally start to rain.

  • In this experiment, you will explore light refractions in water and the way light is made up of various colors using a jar or glass, water and a light source.

  • Follow along with 3M’s Chief Science Advocate, Jayshree Seth, as she teaches students how chemistry can help put some air where it’s most needed!

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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.

Science at Home is made possible through collaboration with Discovery Education, the Bakken Museum and Scientific American.