PPG Industries, along with its PPG Foundation, has made several large donations in recent months.
PPG donated $25,000 to the SAE Foundation Canada in support of the A World In Motion® (AWIM) program, which provides science, technology, engineering and math curriculum to K-8 students in Canada. The grant was made on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings business.
AWIM activities incorporate curriculum built around the “Engineering Design Experience.” These programs require students to work in teams to solve a design challenge by analyzing who a product is for and what must be accomplished; gathering and synthesizing data; designing, developing and testing a prototype; and presenting their findings and ideas. By integrating science and technology with other subject areas, students can make connections across disciplines that are personally relevant to them. In addition, professionals that work in the science and technology industry volunteer in the AWIM program to serve as a role model, community liaison and professional resource to participants.
The PPG Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to Allegheny College in support of the Creek Connections program, an educational collaboration between Allegheny College and middle and high schools in Western Pennsylvania.
“The Creek Connections program fosters students’ curiosity in science-related fields by turning local watersheds into outdoor laboratories through hands-on biological investigations,” says Ron Cole, provost and dean of Allegheny College. “We’re thankful for PPG’s support, which assists in providing an environment where students interact with science in real-life environments and apply scientific techniques outside of the classroom.”
The group also has donated $8,000 to the Nevada Museum of Art to support its STEM to STEAM School Tour Program, a movement that pairs art education with science, technology, engineering and math concepts. The donation was made on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings plant in Reno.
“Through this program, the Nevada Museum of Art makes a positive contribution to students’ educational opportunities in northern Nevada,” says Colin Robertson, the Charles N. Mathewson Curator of Education at the Nevada Museum of Art. “PPG’s contribution is helping us educate more of tomorrow’s innovators about how art correlates with science and technology.”