PPG donates $25,000 to SAE Foundation Canada for STEM education

Thursday January 28, 2016
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Jan. 28, 2016 - PPG has 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 (STEM) curriculum to K-8 students in Canada. The grant was made on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings business, which operates more than 250 Dulux and Betonel paint stores, and eight manufacturing, distribution and administrative sites across Canada.

“We’re thankful for PPG’s support of vital educational programs in Canada,” said Lori Gatmaitan, executive director, SAE Foundation Canada. “Through this program, young students learn how to apply science and technology concepts by solving real-world problems in a team setting, communicate clearly, raise questions, assimilate information and work cooperatively towards common goals. This structure helps to engage and inspire students at the earliest age possible to pursue careers in sought-after science fields.”

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. 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.

“PPG supports the importance of demonstrating the significance of science, technology, engineering and math to students at a young age,” said Sue Sloan, PPG corporate global social responsibility executive director. “We are pleased to provide support for the SAE A World In Motion program, which has helped educate more than 4 million students to date.”

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