PITTSBURGH, Nov. 29, 2011 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $15,000 to Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh and $15,000 to the Future of Flight Foundation in Mukilteo, Wash., for educational projects related to aerospace technology. Both the “SpacePlace” and Wind Tunnel Exhibit projects will invite students and other visitors to explore interactive exhibits that illustrate air and space science concepts.
Carnegie Science Center’s “SpacePlace” will combine new interactive exhibits with recent and refurbished core astronomy facilities at the Pittsburgh center to offer an integrated set of informal learning experiences that introduce participants to frontiers in space science and technology. It will introduce teachers and their students, families, and other visitors to fundamental space science concepts and current research and engage them in scientific inquiries and in using new technologies as research tools.
The Future of Flight Foundation (FoFF) will create the first-ever experiential wind tunnel environment to engage guests at the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour in Mukilteo through informal learning experiences related to aerodynamic design and flight dynamics. The Wind Tunnel Exhibit will include interactive displays to enhance learning for children, families and teachers, and it will offer students an opportunity to conduct after-hours experiments at the Future of Flight.
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live, and to promoting educational initiatives related to the industries in which it offers leading technologies,” said David Morris, PPG vice president and general manager for the Americas. “As an aerospace technology innovator, PPG is proud to support Carnegie Science Center and the Future of Flight Foundation in providing students and other visitors with opportunities to learn about aerospace-related concepts in engaging ways. The interactive exhibits of Carnegie Science Center’s SpacePlace will entertain while they educate, and the Future of Flight Foundation’s Wind Tunnel Exhibit will both inform visitors and offer research opportunities for students.”
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.
About the Future of Flight Foundation
Educational science center featuring 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, and Earth and space sciences,
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