PPG sponsors science shows at three Mojave-area schools

Date: 20 October 2011
Source: PPG
Employee-requested grants fund visits by dynamic Carnegie Science Center showStan Zaharewicz, plant manager at the PPG Mojave facility, welcomed students at Summerwind Elementary School in Palmdale to join in “The Great Color Caper” and help find the culprit who stole colors from the city of Spectropolis while learning about the science behind light and color.

The show also visited Westpark Elementary School in Rosamond and California City Middle School in California City.

Jonathan Doctorick of Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, far left, joins Summerwind Elementary School Principal Bob Rodrigo, Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and Stan Zaharewicz, plant manager of PPG Industries' aerospace manufacturing facility in Mojave, after presenting the multimedia, interactive science show “The Great Color Caper” at Summerwind Elementary. The show is one of four dynamic Science on the Road educational programs that Carnegie Science Center developed with funding and participation from PPG. Employees at the PPG Mojave plant requested grants through a PPG Industries Foundation program to fund visits by this show to three local schools.

“PPG is strongly committed to helping enhance the quality of life in communities where PPG has a presence, such as Mojave, especially through educational initiatives,” Zaharewicz said. “We hope this Carnegie Science Center show will inspire students to learn more about color and chemistry, which are integral to many of PPG’s products, as well as other areas of science and technology.”

Carnegie Science Center developed “The Great Color Caper” and three other interactive Science on the Road educational programs with more than $580,000 in combined donations from the PPG Industries Foundation and PPG Industries. Additionally, PPG employees collaborated with the science center's education specialists to develop the multimedia shows and accompanying materials.

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.

About Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the science center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the science center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes and off-site education programs. For more information, visit www.carnegiesciencecenter.org.


PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.


Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.




K.C. McCrory

PPG Corporate Communications



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