PPG sponsors Pittsburgh science shows at 12 schools in Metro Detroit

Employee-requested grants fund dynamic assemblies by Carnegie Science Center

Students at Lindbergh Elementary School in Dearborn, Mich., enjoy a presentation of the multimedia, interactive “Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry” assembly from Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. Employees at the PPG Automotive Technology Center in Troy requested grants through a PPG Industries Foundation program to fund visits by this show and two others to Lindbergh and 11 other schools in Metro Detroit.
TROY, Mich., June 2, 2011 – The PPG Industries Foundation sponsored interactive assemblies about color, chemistry and climate change presented recently by Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh at 12 schools in Metro Detroit. Through an employee program of the foundation, employees at the PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) Automotive Technology Center in Troy requested grants to bring the science shows to area schools where they have an interest.

Timothy M. Knavish, PPG vice president, automotive OEM coatings, Americas, welcomed students at Thirkell Elementary to join in “The Great Color Caper” and help find the culprit who stole colors from the city of Spectropolis, while learning about the science behind light and color. Students in other schools explored how chemistry affects industry, technology and the environment with "Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry," and some joined a quest to save the environment while learning about the science of climate change and renewable energy technology with “Captain Green’s Time Machine.” Participating schools included:

  • Blackwell Institute, Detroit
  • Burns Elementary, Detroit
  • Carver Elementary, Detroit
  • Cromie Elementary, Warren
  • Hillside Elementary, Farmington Hills
  • Lindbergh Elementary, Dearborn
  • Mae C. Jemison Academy, Detroit
  • Notre Dame Marist Academy – Lower Division, Waterford
  • Rutherford Academy, Detroit
  • Thirkell Elementary, Detroit
  • Sarah Banks Middle School, Wixom
  • University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods

“PPG is strongly committed to helping enhance the quality of life in communities such as Metro Detroit where it has a presence, especially through educational initiatives such as these Carnegie Science Center assemblies,” Knavish said. "We are excited to have brought these programs to Thirkell and other schools in the Detroit area, and we hope they helped students to see how fun and exciting science and technology can be."

Carnegie Science Center developed these three interactive Science on the Road educational programs, and a fourth called “Fractured Physics,” with more than $580,000 in combined donations from the PPG Industries Foundation and PPG Industries. Additionally, PPG employees collaborated with the science center's education specialists to develop the multimedia shows and accompanying materials.

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 employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.

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 2010 were $13.4 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