Particle physics laboratory

PPG supports a chemistry laboratory for STEM education in Italy

PPG announced the opening of an interactive chemistry lab at the Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum in Milan. PPG helped fund the design and renovation of the lab as well as the development of its equipment and content as part of a $ 290,000 (€ 250,000) grant to support science, technology education , engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Italy.

Under the guidance of expert researchers, the lab provides primary, secondary and secondary school students, their families and teachers with informal learning opportunities through dedicated educational activities focused on chemistry. This is one of 14 specially designed interactive spaces in the museum, recognized across Europe for its leadership role in STEM education.

“We really appreciate PPG’s support in our work to create innovative lab design and training resources that help people, especially the younger generations, develop a positive relationship with science,” said Fiorenzo Galli, Director general of the museum. “With the laboratory dedicated to chemistry, it is possible to build a new relationship with this scientific field, favoring an intuitive, relational and creative vision of science in connection with the world around it. It is a fundamental service. for schools, universities and businesses.

PPG spent over 680 hours completing a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project to beautify the lab using 165 liters of SIGMA ™ coatings donated by PPG. Museum staff spent 1,515 additional hours developing the educational content for the laboratory.

The Colorful Communities program provides volunteers and PPG products as well as financial contributions to bring color and vitality to the communities where the company operates globally, such as in Milan and Quattordio, Italy, where PPG has facilities. production for its finishing coatings and its automotive supplier activities. .

PPG began its collaboration with the museum in 2016. Projects included “Speed ​​Date,” where students could ask questions and receive advice from PPG chemistry experts; “Night at the Museum”, which offered young children the opportunity to play the role of scientific investigators as they explored the museum’s exhibits with their parents; and “Introduction to Science”, where nearly 500 high school students and their teachers participated in special classes at the museum’s chemistry and physics lab.

“We are very proud to actively participate in this STEM project alongside such an important scientific and educational institution as the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci,” said Andrea Giunta, PPG Vice President, Science and technology, color. “We hope this educational resource will bring children closer to discovering science, intrigue adults and surprise enthusiasts.