The PPG Industries Foundation has made a $5,000 donation to the Frontiers of Flight Museum located in Dallas to support aviation and space-flight education programs for Pre-K through 10th-grade students. The grant was made on behalf of PPG Industries’ Dallas-area aerospace application support center in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum is a learning laboratory that uses aviation and space-flight topics to encourage and promote student excellence in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. With PPG’s donation, the museum will be able to double the number of students served in year-round education classes to 12,000 annually. Additionally, the museum will be able to increase the number of summer Flight School participants from 275 to more than 425.
“Expanding our program is certainly exciting, as we work to engage more students with our STEM-focused educational programs,” said Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, president and CEO, Frontiers of Flight Museum. “Because of PPG, thousands more students will have access to our aviation- and space-flight-focused activities.”
The museum’s programs are designed to promote student engagement with STEM subjects through activities involving spacecraft design, aerodynamics, model-building, space science and more. The Frontiers of Flight Museum also engages students through “Living Oral History” presentations about aviation luminaries such as Orville Wright, Jimmy Doolittle and Amelia Earhart.
“As a leading global supplier of aerospace products, PPG is pleased to support the Frontiers of Flight Museum as it works to educate students about the science behind aviation,” said David Morris, PPG general manager and vice president, Americas, aerospace. “We strongly endorse dynamic STEM-related educational programs that directly impact the communities where our employees work and live.”