Our local communities have a need for a skilled workforce in research and development, manufacturing, information technology and industries related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions. To meet this demand – and the challenges of the changing world - PPG is investing in the next generation of innovators. We aim to excite youth about STEM and the world of possibilities it holds, and also support more advanced learning and career pursuits in specific fields of interest.
Sparking interest and making learning fun
Learning about science and math can be useful as well as entertaining – we know, because it’s what we do every day! And we want others to be just as excited about it too. We support community organizations that offer creative activities for youth to spark their interest in science and math and make them eager to learn more. PPG has also partnered with Science Centers around the world to provide kids with an opportunity to explore STEM concepts in a fun, hands-on setting.
Our Innovative Classroom Grants program also encourages student curiosity in science and math, offering grants up to $1,000 to local schools in PPG communities across the U.S. Each project has a PPG employee “champion” who supports the school throughout the application process. Recent grants have brought chemistry equipment into high schools, giving students a chance to create chemical reactions, not just read about them. They’ve put innovative software into math class to show students the power of numbers. And they’ve helped 9th grade students learn how to evaluate global color trends, enhanced by a tour of PPG’s facilities.
Beyond being excited and interested in STEM, in order to prepare the next generation of innovators, we need to support continued learning and academic achievement. We invest in education programs in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math, such as Collision Repair Training, Color Science, Ceramic Engineering, Chemistry and Material Science. We partner with community organizations, universities, and technical schools around the world to promote skill development and support individuals pursuing STEM-related professions.
Our partnerships in action
University Talent Power Program
At the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China, the PPG University Talent Power Program provides comprehensive academic and career-related assistance to Chinese students, integrating scholarships, campus recruitment efforts and employment guidance.
Carnegie Science Center
PPG and the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have developed “Science on the Road” to bring scientific concepts to students around the world in a fun, unique manner. “Ion Jones & the Lost Castle of Chemistry” taught invaluable lessons about chemistry and its effects on industries and the environment, while “Science Takes Flight” educated kids on the development of aircraft and the forces of flight.
NEMO Science Museum
Students learn how shapes are used to create buildings and spaces at PPG’s World of Shapes exhibit at NEMO Science Museum in the Netherlands.
To spark young girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math, PPG supports national programming of SciGirls, a PBS television show featuring women who use such subjects in their daily lives. Projects we have supported include a professional development teacher workshop with the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and a PPG employee workshop with Girl Scout troop leaders.