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PPG Donates $25,000 to SAE Foundation Canada for A World In Motion Educational Program

By Business Wire News   


PPG (NYSE:PPG) recently donated $25,000 to the SAE Foundation Canada in support of the A World In Motion® (AWIM) program, which provides science, technology, engineering and math curriculum to K-8 students in Canada. The grant was made on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings business, which operates more than 250 DULUX® and BETONEL® paint stores, and eight manufacturing, distribution and administrative sites across Canada.

“We’re thankful for PPG’s support of vital educational programs in Canada,” said Lori Gatmaitan, Executive Director, SAE Foundation Canada. “Through this program, young students learn how to apply science and technology concepts by solving real-world problems in a team setting, communicate clearly, raise questions, assimilate information and work cooperatively towards common goals. This structure helps to engage and inspire students at the earliest age possible to pursue careers in sought-after science fields.”

AWIM activities incorporate curriculum built around the “Engineering Design Experience.” These programs require students to work in teams to solve a design challenge by analysing who a product is for and what must be accomplished; gathering and synthesising data; designing, developing and testing a prototype; and presenting their findings and ideas. By integrating science and technology with other subject areas, students can make connections across disciplines that are personally relevant to them. In addition, professionals that work in the science and technology industry volunteer in the AWIM program to serve as a role model, community liaison and professional resource to participants.

“PPG supports the importance of demonstrating the significance of science, technology, engineering and math to students at a young age,” said Sue Sloan, PPG Corporate Global Social Responsibility Executive Director. “We are pleased to provide support for the SAE A World In Motion program, which has helped educate more than 4 million students to date.”

PPG aims to create brighter, more colorful communities where the company has a presence around the world. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries related to coatings and specialty materials. Plus, we empower PPG employees to make an impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at

About the SAE Foundation Canada and SAE International

The SAE Foundation Canada supports the distribution of SAE International’s Pre-Professional STEM education programs in Canada. These programs provide a continuum of Prek-16 learning experiences. Through a focus on scientific literacy, the SAE A World In Motion® program provides a forum to link industry and education in efforts to involve and excite young students in STEM learning experiences. At the high school level, students engage in the IT-based F1 in SchoolsTM program designed to expand the STEM learning experience to include a technological focus on computer-based design and manufacturing, while simultaneously keeping them engaged in a cross-curricular STEM experience. The real world Collegiate Design SeriesTM (CDS) addresses the captive audience of students determined to pursue STEM careers. CDS is designed to build relevant professional skills needed for professional leadership in STEM fields. The continuum approach positions SAE as a unique organization that provides learning experiences for all grades PreK-16 which engage, educate and train students in STEM.

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 137,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design SeriesTM.


PPG Industries’ vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and colour, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademarkand the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Dulux is a registered trademark of AkzoNobel and is licensed to PPG Architectural Coatings Canada, Inc. for use in Canada only.
Bétonel is a registered trademark of the PPG Group of Companies.
A World In Motion is a registered trademark and Collegiate Design Series is a trademark of SAE International.

PPG Architectural Coatings
Katie Kirkpatrick, +1-724-742-5352


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