Community
Published: August 22, 2017
Community
Published: August 22, 2017

Junior Uni Wows Crowds in Wuppertal

Employees at the PPG automotive and industrial coatings site in Wuppertal, Germany, are using colour to inspire students to explore the wonders of science!

With support from our community engagement grant, about 12 employees worked with the Junior Uni organisation to transform a bland storage crate into a vibrant mobile science container that allows Junior Uni teachers to take their lessons on the road.

The colorful container was unveiled during a community celebration that attracted hundreds of guests. The container and its contents will be used to promote science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and other courses to area students. It complements 12 chemistry-related courses that Junior Uni recently offered to students.

The courses focus on the physical and chemical principles of light and colour, and were made possible by a $20,000 contribution from PPG’s community engagement program in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Wuppertal Junior Uni does a remarkable job when it comes to introducing students to STEM and nurturing their interest in these important fields. We are happy to support their mission. Perhaps the children who participate in their programs will one day be inspired to share their talents at PPG.

Heiko Stuhl, plant manager, Wuppertal

The Wuppertal site will continue its partnership with Junior Uni later this year. In the coming months, employees will help paint a weathered boathouse on the Wupper River where a Junior Uni explorer boat will be docked. The boat will travel the river and offer water-based educational opportunities to area residents.