Pune, India –September 2023 – 3M India, a global science company, is proud to announce the highly anticipated inauguration of the 3M Wonder Tinkering Labs Program, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at nurturing the budding scientific minds of the future. In line with its steadfast commitment to diversity and education, 3M India has partnered with the Learning Links Foundation to create an empowering platform that equips underrepresented Government school children from Shirur taluk with essential 21st-century skills. 3M Wonder Tinkering Labs was inaugurated on August 18th, a momentous event symbolizing 3M India’s commitment to shaping future STEM leaders.
3M Wonder Tinkering Labs Program has been introduced in a bid to bridge the educational gap and ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dedicated to ensuring that every student, regardless of their background, can have the opportunity to excel in STEM fields, the 3M Wonder Tinkering Labs Program introduces a unique learning paradigm. This multi-year STEM experiences initiative is poised to uplift students from Grades 5 to 10 by providing them with cutting-edge tools, resources, and innovative pedagogical approaches.
Anchored by a network of STEM studios within participating schools, this initiative empowers students with hands-on experience in critical thinking and problem-solving. The studios are equipped with Do-It-Yourself Tinkering kits, which encompass an array of technologies including sensors, electronics, electrical circuits, and 3D printing. Guided by skilled innovation coaches, students are encouraged to apply their learning to real-world scenarios, fostering practical skill development.
The program’s holistic approach extends beyond traditional education, offering special sessions that engage students with global challenges such as climate change and sustainability. By immersing students in these critical discussions, the initiative seeks to cultivate well-rounded individuals who are not only adept in their scientific pursuits but are also aware of and engaged with the pressing issues of our time.
“At 3M India, we believe that knowledge is the key to unlocking potential and driving progress. The 3M Wonder Tinkering Labs Program underscores our commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse society, where every child has the chance to thrive in STEM. By nurturing young minds with the tools to innovate and explore, we are shaping a future generation of leaders who will drive scientific advancements and contribute to the development of the nation,” said Mr. Ramesh Ramadurai, MD, 3M India.