The science-based technology company’s Ratcliffe Road site develops and manufactures industrial and commercial abrasives and the Year 7 students toured its state-of-the-art Automotive Refinishing Centre.
They took part in various activities including learning how to use sanding machines to strip paint and remove coarse scratches from car door panels as well as innovation challenges to devise new products.
The visit was arranged to mark this month’s British Science Week, of which 3M is a national sponsor this year.
3M product development engineer Polly Keen, commented: “A brilliant day was had by all the students, who loved the opportunity to find out more about what is made in the factory less than a mile from their school. The fascinating science of abrasives truly rubbed off on them!”
Richard Grainger, the school’s assistant principal, said it had been an “outstanding morning”. “The students have loved it. The organisation, the sessions, the members of staff, everything about the day has been exceptional,” he commented.