Young innovators learn from experts at 3MBy Jonathan Low
October 10, 2012
Innovators of the future were inspired when Bracknell technology giant 3M opened its doors to schoolchildren this week.
Pupils were left in awe after getting up close to some of the company’s latest innovations at a showcase at its headquarters in Cain Road, on Tuesday.
Teenagers from Brakenhale School in Rectory Lane, and Garth Hill in Bull Lane were among pupils invited to learn more about the research and development for some of the 55,000 products made by 3M.
Brakenhale science teacher Mike Taylor said: “It’s been fantastic, the kids have got a lot out of it.
“They didn’t even realise the diversity of the research and product development that goes on here.
“A lot of the students have said they would like to work here and since it’s on their back doorstep it is something they can really aspire too.”
Staff at 3M hoped displaying technologies, which provide solutions to needs across the spectrum, from industry and government to healthcare and home, would spark youngsters interest in studying science, technology, engineering and maths through school and university.
The exhibition demonstrated protective screens for computer equipment, reflective covers for police cars and passport scanning equipment.
Denise Paintsil, 16, said: “There is loads of stuff here that I didn’t know science was involved with, so it’s been interesting.”
Jeffrey Asare, 16, added: “I didn’t know about 3M before, but now I do so it’s been good.
“I thought the finger scanner and the police cars were really interesting.”
Year Eight pupils Jason Cardoz and George Turton were equally impressed with the exhibition.
Jason, 12, said: “We’ve seen lots of different things here and I liked the finger-printing machine and the projector.”
George, 12, added: “Before I only knew 3M made high-visibility jackets, but we’ve been shown car improvements, spray paints and a gigantic glue gun, so it’s been a really interesting day.”
John Klee, corporate communications manager for 3M, said: “We want to inspire the scientists of the future and show how technology is used in all sorts of things which we take for granted.
“We’ve got 55,000 products so we have a big job explaining what they all are.
“The kids are buzzing and they’ve really enjoyed themselves.
“It’s the first time we’ve done a day like this here in Bracknell, but if it works as well as it looks then we’ll definitely be looking to do it again.”
To see a video of how 3M inspired pupils go to www.getbracknell.co.uk.