The PPG Industries Foundation donated $50,000 to the Math & Science Collaborative (MSC), a program operated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit that helps K-12 educators gain a better understanding of how mathematical and scientific practices are used in the workplace.
“We are grateful for support from PPG and the PPG Industries Foundation in continuing to provide opportunities that strengthen the teaching and learning of math and science,” says Nancy Bunt, program director of the Math & Science Collaborative. “It is an example of how Southwestern Pennsylvania can work together to better prepare all students to fully participate in the future as mathematically and scientifically literate citizens.”
Under MSC direction, teachers and administrators from three Southwestern Pennsylvania school districts visited a PPG Industries facility and local sites of two other companies to observe how educational standards for math and science relate to actual workplace activities, and to learn how they can make teaching in their schools more applicable to real-world practices.
According to Bunt, the MSC coordinates efforts and focuses resources through innovative, evidence-based, regional approaches to the teaching and learning of math and science from preschool through college. The MSC Steering Council is comprised of representatives from school districts, nonprofit organizations, higher-education institutions, corporations and other stakeholders committed to strengthening the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live, especially through educational programs that emphasize the importance of the STEM disciplines,” says Mehran Arbab, PPG director of glass science and technology and a member of the MSC steering council. “By collaborating with educators on such science, technology, engineering and math initiatives, PPG can help prepare tomorrow’s leaders in STEM-related careers that will be essential to advancing U.S. and global industries.”