PPG pledges $75,000 to fund Harley-Davidson Museum ‘Color Caper’ show

Carnegie Science Center, PPG help H-D Museum replicate educational program


This van recently took the Harley-Davidson Museum’s new multimedia, interactive science show “The Great Color Caper” to East Middle School and Deerfield Elementary School in Oak Creek, Wis., for its first school presentations. The PPG Industries Foundation pledged $75,000 to Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to replicate this dynamic educational program with the Harley-Davidson Museum(R). The Oak Creek school presentations were funded by PPG Industries Foundation grants that employees at PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) local coatings manufacturing facility requested through a Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) Grants program.
MILWAUKEE, April 26, 2012 – The PPG Industries Foundation pledged $75,000 to Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh for collaboration with Harley-Davidson Museum(R) on a version of “The Great Color Caper” science show for students in the region surrounding PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) Oak Creek, Wis., coatings plant. The comic-book styled program uses interactive multimedia to teach students about light, energy, reflection and color while they help solve the mystery of the missing colors from a city called “Spectropolis.”

Carnegie Science Center developed The Great Color Caper in 2006 with funding from the PPG Industries Foundation and PPG Industries, and PPG employees collaborated with the center's education specialists to develop the multimedia show and supporting materials. In the original show, audiences work with a guide named Blinky to find the culprit who stole colors from the city, following clues that local PPG scientists provide related to the science of light and color.

“To tie this version of The Great Color Caper to the Harley-Davidson Museum, Blinky rides a motorcycle, of course, and scientists from Harley-Davidson and PPG’s Oak Creek plant provide video briefings with clues and tips,” said Tamela Greene, manager, business development, Harley-Davidson Museum. “We are very pleased that PPG and Carnegie Science Center are helping us bring this engaging program to students in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.”

The PPG Industries Foundation previously worked with Carnegie Science Center to replicate The Great Color Caper program with Discovery Place in Charlotte, N.C. Additionally, PPG employees at facilities in Mojave, Calif., McCarran, Nev., and the Detroit area have requested grants through an employee program of the foundation to fund visits by Carnegie Science Center to schools in their areas.

“PPG is strongly committed to helping enhance the quality of life in communities where PPG has a presence, especially through educational initiatives dealing with the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines,” said Jack Marshall, PPG manager, paint operations, at the Oak Creek plant. “The Great Color Caper program brings a lot of excitement about the STEM disciplines to schools, offering teachers a platform to build on in the classroom. We’re excited that PPG is working with the Harley-Davidson Museum to offer a version of the program to students in our region.”

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 the Harley-Davidson Museum(R)
Opened in July 2008, the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee celebrates the more than 100-year history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and provides a glimpse of American history and culture through the lens of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The museum contains more than 450 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, is open year-round and offers free and abundant parking. For more information on the museum’s galleries, exhibits, special events, tickets and more, visit www.h-dmuseum.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 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

 
Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Harley-Davidson Museum is a registered service mark of H-D Michigan, LLC.
 
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PPG Corporate Communications
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