PPG makes $15,000 grants to Carnegie Science Center, Future of Flight Foundation

Donations fund educational projects related to air and space technology


The PPG Industries Foundation, led by Executive Director Sue Sloan (far right), donated $15,000 to Carnegie Science Center for the development of “SpacePlace,” which will introduce visitors at the Pittsburgh center to fundamental science concepts related to PPG’s aerospace business through interactive exhibits and astronomy facilities. Sloan and Deb Noe (second from left), PPG human resources manager at the company’s aerospace facility in Mojave, Calif., met with Ron J. Baillie and Ann Metzger, co-directors of Carnegie Science Center, to present a check in support of this educational effort.


Jeff Masiwchuk (at right), PPG business manager for the Seattle Application Support Center (ASC) and director of Boeing programs for PPG Aerospace, presents a $15,000 check from the PPG Industries Foundation to Barry Smith, executive director of the Future of Flight Foundation, for a project to create the first-ever experiential wind tunnel environment at the Future of Flight (FoF) Aviation Center and Boeing Tour in Mukilteo, Wash. Masiwchuk is an active member of the FoF exhibit committee.
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 29, 2011 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $15,000 to Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh and $15,000 to the Future of Flight Foundation in Mukilteo, Wash., for educational projects related to aerospace technology. Both the “SpacePlace” and Wind Tunnel Exhibit projects will invite students and other visitors to explore interactive exhibits that illustrate air and space science concepts.

Carnegie Science Center’s “SpacePlace” will combine new interactive exhibits with recent and refurbished core astronomy facilities at the Pittsburgh center to offer an integrated set of informal learning experiences that introduce participants to frontiers in space science and technology. It will introduce teachers and their students, families, and other visitors to fundamental space science concepts and current research and engage them in scientific inquiries and in using new technologies as research tools.

The Future of Flight Foundation (FoFF) will create the first-ever experiential wind tunnel environment to engage guests at the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour in Mukilteo through informal learning experiences related to aerodynamic design and flight dynamics. The Wind Tunnel Exhibit will include interactive displays to enhance learning for children, families and teachers, and it will offer students an opportunity to conduct after-hours experiments at the Future of Flight.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live, and to promoting educational initiatives related to the industries in which it offers leading technologies,” said David Morris, PPG vice president and general manager for the Americas. “As an aerospace technology innovator, PPG is proud to support Carnegie Science Center and the Future of Flight Foundation in providing students and other visitors with opportunities to learn about aerospace-related concepts in engaging ways. The interactive exhibits of Carnegie Science Center’s SpacePlace will entertain while they educate, and the Future of Flight Foundation’s Wind Tunnel Exhibit will both inform visitors and offer research opportunities for students.”

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 the Future of Flight Foundation
The Future of Flight Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, provides exhibits, education programs and student exchange programs using commercial aviation to inspire innovative thinking and to explore solutions to critical global issues. From its inception, the foundation's focus has been to provide interactive, experiential learning through its education programs and exhibits, and to encourage interest in aviation and aviation-related issues. It operates one of Washington State’s premier visitor attractions, the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour, which attracted more than 187,000 visitors from around the globe in 2010. Located at Paine Field in Mukilteo, the tour is a unique public-private partnership with the Snohomish County Airport and The Boeing Company. For more information, visit www.futureofflight.org.

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