SEATTLE, Nov. 18, 2013 – The PPG Industries Foundation announced a $5,000 donation to the Future of Flight Foundation (FoFF) to support a program that exposes local students to various STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and challenges them to master cutting-edge solutions for various scientific concepts. The grant was made on behalf of the PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) Seattle Application Support Center (ASC), part of the company’s aerospace business.
“We are truly grateful for PPG’s continued support in providing our local students with the opportunity to take part in STEM-focused programs,” said Barry Smith, executive director of the FoFF. “This funding will give more students experiences that directly push them to collaborate as a team, work through the scientific process and ultimately become our future innovators.”
The FoFF will host a different class of students each day to experience a condensed version of its Flights of Innovation program. The program uses scenario-based learning that encourages students to become innovators. It is part of the FoFF’s initiative to provide commercial aviation-related programs that inspire innovative thinking and exploration to find solutions to critical global issues.
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where our employees work and live, especially through educational programs that encourage students to think critically, solve complex problems and begin to evolve into the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said Jeff Masiwchuk, PPG business manager for the Seattle ASC. “As an aerospace technology innovator, PPG is honored to support the Future of Flight Foundation as it provides engaging, exciting opportunities for students to learn about aerospace-related concepts.”
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 the Future of Flight Foundation
The Future of Flight Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with the vision to be the leading center of learning and innovation in science, technology and aviation. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire lifelong learning and innovation in science, technology, engineering and math through engaging exhibits and programs. The Foundation was founded in 2003 and has operated the Future of Flight Aviation Center since its opening in 2005 through an operator’s agreement with Snohomish County and The Boeing Company. For more information, visit www.futureofflight.org.
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