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Young men with life-limiting illnesses put their scientific skills to the test during a day trip organised by science-based technology company 3M.

The seven adults, all in their 20s, visited the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, accompanied by six volunteers from 3M’s Loughborough site. 

They took part in two scientific workshops – one testing their forensic skills in a mock crime scenario and the other challenging them to design and build a model working hot air balloon.

The group also toured the science centre, which was once a steelworks and now houses a range of interactive exhibits focusing on the science of four key elements – air, earth, fire and water.

Quality assurance engineer Nishma Trivedi, who was among the 3M volunteers, said: “It was a great day out and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun. It is always great to see young people eager to learn more about science. 

“Many of the guys seemed really interested in what 3M scientists and engineers do, so it was also a great opportunity to answer questions they had about our jobs and the career paths we have followed.”

The visit was funded through the 3Mgives volunteering programme, which encourages 3M employees to volunteer in their local communities.

It was organised in conjunction with Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, in Loughborough, which provides care and support for life-limited youngsters and their families. Each of the young adults who took part has benefitted from the hospice’s services.

Stacey Curzon, the hospice’s youth worker, who was there on the day, said: “This was a great opportunity for some of our young people to have a new experience and meet new people, enabling them to learn about what happens in the workplace. 

“The staff from 3M were lovely and really connected with the group. They had a really fun day and have taken a lot away from the experience.”