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Cardboard Engineering: A Creative Approach to STEM

Posted 03/23/2018 by Kimberlee Sinclair, Executive Director, H.B. Fuller Company Foundation

Cardboard Engineering: A Creative Approach to STEM

At H.B. Fuller, we recognize the importance of innovation and the power of science to shape our world. We also know how critical it is to support the next generation of scientists and engineers. In 2018, the H.B. Fuller Company Foundation is proud to sponsor the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Year of the Engineer, and specifically, the Cardboard Engineering Gallery. Throughout the year, the Science Museum will be highlighting the important role that engineers play in all of our lives, and their engaging exhibits and events will inspire students to consider a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career.

Cardboard sculpture of a landscape at the Minnesota Science Museum.

H.B. Fuller has always supported the growth of STEM, and cardboard engineering is a way to reach out to potential STEM students. The Cardboard Engineering Gallery kicked off the Year of the Engineer in a big way. Over 3,500 square feet were devoted to exploring creativity through cardboard engineering. Visitors had access to hundreds of cardboard boxes and tools, and were encouraged to build and design anything they could imagine. The gallery allowed visitors of all ages to engage with STEM concepts in the most hands-on way possible – and based on the popularity of the exhibit, it has clearly been successful in sparking interest in STEM!

H.B. Fuller team volunteering at the cardboard gallery at the Minnesota Science Museum.

In addition to sponsoring the Cardboard Engineering Gallery, H.B. Fuller also sent several teams of employees to volunteer in the gallery, sharing their creativity and even engineering expertise with visitors. As a company, we depend on creativity and innovation to develop solutions for our customers – so we know that investing in high-quality STEM programming like that offered at the Science Museum of Minnesota is not only an important way to give back to our local community, it’s also a critical investment in growing the next generation of H.B. Fuller scientists and engineers.

Since 1986, H.B. Fuller has been supporting communities around the world where our employees live and work through the H.B. Fuller Company Foundation. Each year, H.B. Fuller and our employees give approximately $1.5 million to support STEM education and youth leadership development, as well as other causes selected by employees.

Philanthropic giving is just one of the ways H.B. Fuller supports our communities around the world. Learn more about other our commitment to community by following #HBFullerCares on social media and by visiting


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