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3M Visiting Wizards
3M Visiting Wizards encourages young people, especially from underrepresented communities, 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.
  • How it works

    A typical demonstration works best for up to 30 students in a self-contained classroom, though other events or groups are considered. The teacher or organizer must remain in the classroom with the students during the demonstration.  Demonstrations are intended for children grades K-6.

    Requests are filled based on volunteer availability.  Due to wizard availability, demonstrations are limited to the surrounding areas of 3M Center in St. Paul, MN.

    Register now to request a visiting wizard

Air and Vacuum

Grade Suggestions: K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Explore air and vacuum and the concepts of high air pressure and low air pressure and systems seeking a balance between different air pressures.

Crime Lab

Grade Suggestions: K-5

Learn how science is used to help solve crimes. You will discover how scientists use observations and comparisons of different types of physical evident to come to a logical conclusion.

Data Collection and Analysis

Grade Suggestions: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

This kit is designed to acquaint kids with two things scientist and engineers do on a regular basis: (1) collect data, then (2) analyze it. This is done via three activities: (1) button sorting/classification (2) speed measurements using Hot Wheels, and (3) length measurement of students' shoes/feet.

Simple Machines

Grade Suggestions: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Explore six machine: wedge, inclined plane, pulley, wheel and axel, lever and screw. Learn how machines make life easier.

Toys in Space

Grade Suggestions: K, 1, 2, 3, 5

Explore the concepts of force, work, energy, and velocity and how they change in microgravity. Activities include toys that were actually taken into space on various space shuttle missions.

Wind Energy

Grade Suggestions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Investigate the renewable energy of wind! Experiment with table top turbines using the Scientific Method, investigating how shape, pitch, and number of blades can affect your energy output.

Request a Visiting Wizard Demonstration

How to sign up

Schools and organizations wanting to request a Visiting Wizard should register for an account. Once registered, you can submit a request for a Visiting Wizard, including your requested day, time and kit. 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.