The Year 9 STEM group (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) were fortunate enough to be given the chance to visit the 3M innovation centre on the 2nd December 2015. The purpose of the trip was to inspire students to come up with ideas for Teen-Tech, an engineering competition. This visit, which took place at the start of the day, gave each pupil the opportunity to learn more about innovation.
The morning started at 8:30 a.m. with a short journey from the school to 3M in Bracknell. When stepping out of the minibus we were greeted with a piece of unique architecture. This building represented the company’s creative perspective on problem solving.
At first, the group were taken into a room with many of 3M’s inventions, this included objects such as, sticky notes, floating concrete, ear defenders which cancel out loud noises whilst amplifying quieter sounds and a liquid that didn’t damage electrical equipment which could be used as a fire extinguisher – within this room, each pupil was given the opportunity of testing the inventions. This included testing road signs, trying on ear defenders and extinguishing candles with a safer substance than water.
Leaving the building, no-one could stop talking about how amazing the visit had been. This trip definitely inspired many of the pupils to come up with their own creations, helped them to understand the process of developing an idea and bringing a drawing on paper to life.