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Science at Home

3M is committed to helping teachers and students as they adapt to a new way of learning 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.  

    As of April 2020, more than 124,000 schools and 55 million students across the U.S. and more than 1 billion around the world are studying from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because we believe the next generation of innovators is so important, 3M scientists are playing their part to support children everywhere with e-learning content. 

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    3M’s Science at Home program provides fun and educational science experiments for students 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. 

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  • Experiments

    Watch more science experiments and learn how to include them in your distance learning curriculum.

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  • Bernoulli Balance

    A jetliner can weigh over 300 tons, so why doesn’t it just drop out of the air? 3M’s SVP of Corporate Affairs, Denise Rutherford explains the Bernoulli principle and how without it, planes (and birds) couldn’t fly.
  • Diffusion with Miss America 2020

    Ever wonder why things mix (or don’t mix) differently in different temperatures of water? Join Camille Schrier, a scientist who was crowned Miss America 2020, as she explains diffusion and how substances move though water.

  • Push & Pull

    Follow along with 3M’s Sam Reiss, as he shows you that magnetism is more than just a simple push and pull – it’s an example of the power of the earth itself.

  • Liquid Fireworks

    Join 3M scientist Jeff Payne as he uses nothing more than milk, dish soap, and a few other kitchen supplies to get the amazing effects of fireworks without using any fire at all.
  • Inflation Station

    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!

  • Water Dome

    How many water droplets do you think you can fit on a penny? Hint: it is more than you might think! Join 3M scientist Audrey Sherman to find out.

  • Fidget Spinner

    Your teacher might not love when you have one in class, but the physics behind fidget spinners are truly head-spinning! Join 3M scientist Tesha R.-Alston Dampier as she shows you how a spinning motion changes the way things move.

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Giving Back

  • 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.

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

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