PPG Funds New STEM Center in Pittsburgh
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Sustainability relies greatly on innovation, which in its turn, often happens within the realm of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines. Encouraging STEM take-up at school is vital to develop a new generation of scientists, engineers, healthcare professionals, physicists, chemistry wizards and many others who will develop disruptive technologies for a better future. It is important to create an environment where young people discover their talents in those disciplines and see the opportunities that awaits them, and prepare for them
Several companies have included support for STEM initiatives as part of their CSR programme. Such is the case with paintings and coating giant PPG, who has been supporting science for decades, going back to 1981 when it start collaborating with the Buhl Science Center in Pittsburgh, the predecessor to the Carnegie Science Center.
The Center will now receive $7.5 million in funding from PGS for the construction of a new building due to completion in 2018. The new building will be called PPG Science Pavillion.
The Pavillion will be equipped with the facilities to promote STEM learning including labs, exhibition gallery, conference space and expanded STEM education programs. It will also include nice classrooms and a wet lab.
The Center will be able to boost its program for children and adults including day camps for students and professional development programs for teachers. The Pavilion is the centerpiece of $35 million-plus SPARK! Campaign for Carnegie Science Center, launched in 2014.
Besides the funds for the Pavillion, in recent years PPG has supported Carnegie Science Center’s Science on the Road educational outreach program, which reaches more than 160,000 students annually, as well as its STEM education programs.
The PPG Science Pavillion will be inagurated with a touring exhibition called The Art of the Brick , running from June through December 2018. Artist Nathan Sawaya will create a specially commissioned piece using LEGO bricks as material support.
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