Science Goes to Washington

By Meredith Crosby, 3Mgives Director of Strategic Initiatives

This year, I was honored to represent 3M at the fifth White House Science Fair. It brought together so many things that I’m passionate about as a 3Mer, a mom and an investor in education – what a tremendous experience. Plus, I don’t know who was more excited to be in the White House: me or the kids!

One hundred of the best and brightest students in the nation gathered to share their solutions to the world’s challenges. From patented inventions to functional robots, each presentation was more impressive than the last. And these students discussed them with the likes of White House Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Science Advisor John Holdren, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Michelle Lee, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Bill Nye the Science Guy – all of it hosted by President Barack Obama.

It was a glimpse of a very exciting future, and a great reminder of why we work so hard to support STEM education.