Published: May 03, 2017
Published: May 03, 2017

PPG Gonfreville Supports the Science and Technology Exhibition

In 2014 the city of Gonfreville l'Orcher in France launched a six year project dedicated to the promotion of children's education.

The Programme d'Education Global (PEG) was envisioned to foster a new dynamic to enhance child learning and improve scholar programs. The PEG includes several key initiatives; one of which is a two-week exhibition, the Science and Technology Exhibition, that takes place every year and promotes STEM education.

As a dedicated global supporter of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, at PPG we're always interested in helping local initiatives and projects. We have engaged with the PEG exhibitions for the past two years, in 2015 with 'Math's Attack' and with 'Robots' in 2016.

In March 2017, possibly the most interesting exhibition yet, was named 'Robots - Artificial Intelligence & Transhumanism' and asked the question 'How do Robots help humans?'.

With a contribution from PPG's community engagement grant the exhibit expertly demonstrated how sciences, engineering and maths contribute to develop sophisticated robots and robotic tools that help people at work, make life easier at home, support medical work, contribute to saving lives and improve health.

In partnership with the Cultural projects coordinator of the town of Gonfreville, the French National Federation, and the University of Rouen, the interactive and playful exhibition composed of 4 pillars:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Games
  • Every day Artificial Intelligence
  • Humanoid Robots
  • Transhumanism and Enhanced Man

Throughout the two-week period each day, the expo offered interesting animations, engaging experiments, fun games, movies and even theatre plays!

The staff from the PPG Gonfreville site were really engaged with the project and Christine Laffargue from the Gonfreville Packaging lab and Hélène Lemaître from the Product Launch and Support Team even participated as members of the jury for a Novel Contest that invited both adults and children to submit works based on the theme of the exhibit.