LouisvilleKy’s science museum gets a financial boost

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The PPG Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Kentucky Science Center to support school visits by the organization’s “Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry” traveling science education program. The donation was made on behalf of PPG’s (NYSE:PPG) architectural coatings plant and distribution center in Louisville.
Supported by the PPG Foundation for three years, the interactive “Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry” program travels to local and regional schools to teach students how chemistry affects various industries, technology and the environment. As part of the show, students explore and observe chemistry in action courtesy of a fiery volcano, a cola geyser, an exploding hydrogen-filled balloon and other experiments. The Ion Jones show is just one of many Kentucky Science Center programs that encourage people of all ages to “do science” in engaging, educational and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning.

“PPG looks for every opportunity to support and cultivate students’ math and science education. We’re proud to help bring the ‘Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry’ program and its engaging way of teaching chemistry in different ways to children in more schools,” said Chris Smith, PPG plant manager, Louisville.


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“The Kentucky Science Center and PPG have a long-standing partnership, and we are honored that the PPG foundation continues to support our mission of educating students on the importance of science and mathematics with unique, innovative programs,” said Jo Haas, executive director, Kentucky Science Center.

In addition to its Louisville plant and distribution center, PPG’s architectural coatings business operates more than 15 PPG PAINTS™ stores and sells through five independent retailers in Greater Louisville. Nationally, PPG’s products include the PPG Paints brand sold at PPG Paints stores and independent retailers; GLIDDEN® paint sold at THE HOME DEPOT® and WALMART® stores; and OLYMPIC®paints and stains sold at LOWE’S® locations.

The PPG Foundation aims to bring color and brightness to PPG communities in the United States. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.

About the Kentucky Science Center

Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to do science in engaging, educational and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, Kentucky Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families and adults. Kentucky Science Center is committed to growing a scientifically literate community that investigates, questions, and challenges. Learn more at www.KYScienceCenter.org.


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