3M partners with schools, universities and other organizations to ensure students and teachers have the resources and knowledge they need to succeed.
Since 2007, 600+ 3M volunteers have engaged more than 10,000 students under the 3M Science Outreach Program. In addition, we share our expertise and experience around driving a culture of innovation with teachers and other educators through the 3M Innovation Outreach Program. The program, which is also open to working professionals from other industries and government organizations, has positively impacted more than 22,000 participants since 2007.
Through these interactions, we hope to demonstrate how science can be applied to improve lives, thereby inspiring the next generation of great leaders, thinkers and creators.
3M Singapore has been supporting the IvP, which is jointly organized by the Gifted Education Branch of the Ministry of Education, 3M Singapore and other partners, since 2007. The IvP is open to Primary 5 and Secondary 2 students in selected schools, who have an interest in innovation and invention.
3M mentors and volunteers share insights around science and innovation with IvP participants, and conduct hands-on product development workshops to let students discover how science could be fun and applied to real-life scenarios.
Since 2015, 3M has partnered the School of Science and Technology, Singapore (SST) in the SST-3M Innoscience Challenge, which aims to inspire millennials to develop innovative ideas that could have a positive impact on our community and our future. In 2018, some 200 SST students were tasked to develop concepts to address the theme, Designs for Life: Innovating and Improving the Future. This year’s champions invented a multi-purpose vest – the Vestcuer – that would help animal rescue workers rescue injured animals more efficiently.
In 2017, 3M embarked on new partnerships with Woodgrove Secondary and Boon Lay Secondary under the Industrial Partnership Program of STEM Inc, a unit in Science Centre Singapore that conducts STEM applied learning programs in secondary schools. As part of this collaboration, we hope to excite students by sharing the applications of science in real-world industries and provide insights to potential STEM-related careers they may pursue in the future.
3M Singapore organizes science camps to provide opportunities for children to engage with science in a fun way. For example, in Dec 2016, we conducted a science camp for around 50 parents and children at 3M Yishun. At the camp, the children tried building balloon rockets, a task that is more challenging than it seemed! A tour of the 3M Customer Technical Centre was also included to enable the children to experience interactive demos around 3M's core technologies in materials science and more.
3M Visiting Wizards help teach young students about various science concepts through fun, engaging demonstrations. These short videos can be shared in the classroom or teachers can use them as a guide to create their own in-class experiments that fit their curriculum.