PPG sponsors science shows at three northern Nevada schools

Employee-requested grants fund visits by dynamic Carnegie Science Center show


From left, Terry McGinnis, plant manager of PPG Industries' architectural coatings manufacturing facility in McCarran, Nev., and Ryan Cross, principal of Silverland Middle School in Fernley, Nev., join Jonathan Doctorick, of Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, after his presentation of the multimedia, interactive science show “The Great Color Caper” at Silverland Middle School. The show is one of four dynamic Science on the Road educational programs that Carnegie Science Center developed with funding and participation from PPG. Employees at the PPG Reno plant in McCarran requested grants through a PPG Industries Foundation program to fund visits by this show to three local schools.
RENO, Nev., Oct. 18, 2011 – The PPG Industries Foundation helped to bring an interactive, educational assembly about color all the way from Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to three schools in northern Nevada. Through an employee program of the foundation, employees at the PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) architectural coatings manufacturing plant in Reno sponsored more than $3,000 in foundation grants to bring the science show to area schools where they have an interest.

Terry McGinnis, PPG plant manager at the Reno facility, welcomed students at Silverland Middle School in Fernley, Nev., 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. The show also visited the Marvin Moss and Alyce Taylor Elementary Schools in Sparks.

“PPG Architectural Coatings and the PPG Industries Foundation are strongly committed to helping enhance the quality of life in communities where PPG has a presence, such as northern Nevada, especially through educational initiatives,” McGinnis said. “We hope this Carnegie Science Center show will inspire students to learn more about color and chemistry, which are integral to products such as the PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS(R) and OLYMPIC(R) Paints and Stains brand coatings we make at the PPG Reno plant, as well as other areas of science and technology.”

Carnegie Science Center developed “The Great Color Caper” and three other interactive Science on the Road educational programs 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.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.(TM)
PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. 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.

 
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