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At PPG, we see education as a way to enable possibilities and progress through learning, curiosity and discovery. After all, our scientists, engineers and innovators were once eager students with an appetite to shape the world around them. We know first-hand the importance of sparking a passion for science and math in students, as well as the need for a skilled science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce. That’s why we aim to share our passion and joy of experimentation with future inventors.
 
A New Era of STEM Exploration
The work we do in our labs helps to create innovations and inventions that improve how we move, work and live. Our work demonstrates the power of color and its ability to create joy, to change moods and to brighten a future. And, it enables a passion for protecting our environment for future generations.
 
We are proud to connect young innovators with our love and mastery of STEM, and to play a role in leading them to the groundbreaking, world-changing careers that PPG employees experience. We are on a journey to help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities. Here’s how:

  • We fund hands-on activities that immerse young people in STEM concepts that are linked to real-life solutions and innovations in. Through our program partners, students learn these lessons in fun ways through the context of space exploration, mobility, color science experiments, and more.
  • We support programs that target women and other underrepresented groups, exposing them to STEM learning and the possibilities and progress that the field offers.
  • We support opportunities for the public to become more deeply engaged in how science and technology impact our daily lives. Long-term partnerships with the Carnegie Science Center in our global headquarters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and with NEMO Science Museum in the Netherlands help us reach thousands of community members every year.
  • We invest in students pursuing higher education in STEM-related fields and support them with scholarships and career skills training, in partnership with some of the world’s leading universities and training institutions.
  • We activate the science talent of our employee volunteers to be mentors, host facility tours, conduct Q&A with students and demonstrate career and education paths in engineering, manufacturing, chemistry and more.
     

Teachers across the U.S. share our mission to inspire hands-on
STEM experiences.

Through our Innovative Classroom Grants program, PPG Foundation offers mini-grants of $1,000 to help teachers share new experiences with their students. We bring chemistry equipment into classrooms, giving students a chance to create chemical reactions, not just read about them. We put innovative software into math classes to show students the power of numbers.We enable students to attend engaging science fairs and see how technology is transforming our world. We help demonstrate the critical connections between classroom learning and real-life possibilities.

Our partnerships in action

Photo: copyright © NEMO Science Museum,
fotograaf DigiDaan

Hands-On Science Curriculum Inspires Fun and Learning Across the Netherlands

The NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands and PPG scientists collaborated to create Maakunde, a hands-on teaching methodology designed to improve science and technology education in primary schools. Through a PPG grant, Dutch teachers now have free access to the program’s training and lesson materials so that nearly 700 teachers and 12,000 students can experience the chemistry experiments and problem-solving skills inspired by the program. 

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200 Scholarships Fuel Future Chemists

More than 200 future chemists from 11 Chinese universities received career counseling and scholarship support totaling $110,000 from the 2018 PPG University Talent Power Program. The program offers talent of tomorrow with a deeper understanding of the coatings industry and helps students to establish a clear vision for their future careers.

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On the Go: Hands on Engineering Experience Powers Cards and Kids

In Sylmar, California, PPG Foundation partnered with Xbots Robotics on its GoBabyGo! program, engaging PPG volunteers and Boys & Girls Clubs members to modify battery-powered cars into ride-on vehicles that help physically disabled children experience mobility. The result? A truly hands-on lesson in engineering and giving back that brought knowledge to the participating students and joy to the children and their parents.

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Collaborative Career Opportunities

PPG employees in SumarĂ©, Brazil joined forces with Junior Achievement to pair play with educational activities and help more than 100 middle school students understand the different types of occupations that exist in a community – including careers in STEM fields – and how each job contributes to the development and proper functioning of a community.