PPG hosts, sponsors Pittsburgh science show at Sterling Heights school

Carnegie Science Center presents ‘Captain Green’ assemblies at Hatherly Elementary

Students at Hatherly Elementary School in Sterling Heights, Mich., along with PPG Industries Senior Vice President, Automotive Coatings, Cynthia A. Niekamp (in second chair from left by wall) and Vice President, Automotive Coatings, Americas, Timothy M. Knavish (in chair beside Niekamp), enjoy a presentation of the multimedia, interactive “Captain Green’s Time Machine” assembly by Michelle Brooks of Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.
TROY, Mich., Nov. 2, 2010 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive coatings business last Friday hosted and sponsored two assembly presentations of “Captain Green’s Time Machine” by Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh at Hatherly Elementary School in Sterling Heights. Students were welcomed by PPG Senior Vice President of Automotive Coatings Cynthia A. Niekamp, who invited them to join “Captain Green” on a quest to save the environment while learning about the science of climate change and renewable energy technology through hands-on demonstrations.

“PPG is strongly committed to helping enhance the quality of life in communities such as Greater Detroit where it has a presence, especially through educational initiatives such as this Carnegie Science Center assembly,” said Niekamp, who is based at PPG’s automotive technology center in Troy. "We are very pleased to bring this program, developed with PPG funding and collaboration, to Hatherly School. As an engineer myself, I hope it will excite the students about science and technology and perhaps inspire some of them to consider careers in related disciplines."

Joseph Konal, principal of Hatherly Elementary School, said, “We thank PPG for bringing this stimulating, interactive assembly about conservation, ecology, climate change and regional science to entertain and educate our students.”

“Captain Green’s Time Machine” is one of four interactive “Science on the Road” educational programs that Carnegie Science Center developed with funding and participation from PPG. A $1,000 employee program grant from the PPG Industries Foundation funded the show’s visit to Hatherly Elementary. The program’s customized Dodge van also visited a family day event at the Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, where PPG has on-site coatings operations and employees.

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employee volunteerism and executives’ involvement with nonprofit organizations.

About Hatherly Elementary School
Hatherly Elementary School, located in Sterling Heights, Mich., and part of Warren Consolidated Schools, has been recognized with the Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary School Award for achieving high levels of all-around excellence. The school's mission is to work with the community to create a positive environment in which all children will maximize their potential, and to facilitate the development of children so that they will become lifelong learners and responsible, contributing citizens within the global community. For more information, visit http://www.wcs.k12.mi.us/hatherly.

About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the science center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the science center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes and off-site education programs. For more information, visit www.carnegiesciencecenter.org.

About PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Mike Millar
PPG Automotive OEM Coatings