The PPG Industries Foundation pledged $75,000 to Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh for collaboration with the Harley-Davidson Museum on a version of “The Great Color Caper” science show for students in the region surrounding PPG’s Oak Creek, Wis., coatings plant. The comic-book-styled program uses interactive multimedia to teach students about light, energy, reflection and color.
Carnegie Science Center developed “The Great Color Caper” in 2006 with funding from the foundation and PPG Industries, and PPG employees collaborated with the center’s education specialists to develop the multimedia show and supporting materials. In the original show, audiences work with a guide named Blinky to find the culprit who stole colors from a city, following clues that local PPG scientists provide related to the science of light and color. To tie this version to the Harley-Davidson Museum, Blinky rides a motorcycle and scientists from Harley-Davidson and PPG provide video briefings with clues and tips.
The PPG foundation previously worked with Carnegie to replicate the program with Discovery Place in Charlotte, N.C. Additionally, PPG employees at facilities in Mojave, Calif., McCarran, Nev., and the Detroit area have requested grants through an employee program of the foundation to fund Carnegie visits to schools in their areas.