MILWAUKEE – The PPG Foundation recently donated $2,500 to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee to underwrite workshops promoting hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math education. The grant was made on behalf of PPG’s industrial coatings facility in Oak Creek, WI.

“We are grateful to the PPG Foundation for supporting our commitment to expand maker experiences that promote science, technology, engineering, arts and math education,” said Kristen Adams, Chief Advancement Officer for the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. “Maker-based learning is particularly meaningful for young children who are learning new skills and are experimenting through hands-on experiences. Our Be A Maker programs are now among the most popular family activities that we offer.”

The PPG Foundation grant supported maker-based winter workshops conducted twice a day over six days this past December. More than 1,400 visitors participated in a range of projects that used real tools and materials as well as digital resources and technologies to encourage participants to acquire new skills, collaborate and share what they learned.

“At PPG, we believe it is very important to expose youth in our communities to the opportunities and excitement of science, technology, engineering, arts and math education,” said Jack Marshall, PPG Plant Manager at the Oak Creek facility. “It is equally important to help adults understand how focused activities like those in the winter workshops help prepare children to become accomplished students and productive adults.”