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 other​s who will develop disruptive technologies for a better future. It is important to create an environment where y​​oung 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​.​

T​he Pavillion​ will be equipped with the facilities to promote STEM learning including labs, exhi​bition 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 i​ts​ program for children and adults including day camps for students and professional development programs for teachers​. ​The ​P​avilion is the centerpiece ​of $35 million​-plus​ SPARK! Campaign for Carnegie Science Center, launched in 2014.​

B​esides 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. ​Ar​t​ist​ Nathan Sawaya ​will create a specially commissioned piece using​ LEGO bricks ​as material support.​

Image credit: PPG