Girls Create Technology Gets $10,000 PPG Foundation Grant

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Girls Create Technology Gets $10,000 Grant From PPG Foundation

Published: January 29, 2018.

The PPG Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the expansion of Lewis University’s Girls Create with Technology program through the addition of a co-educational STEM program aimed to expose middle and high school students to technology concepts.

“Lewis University appreciates PPG Foundation’s support of this experience for girls to learn computer science is a creative, immersive, rewarding area of study that spurs innovation that appeals to and serves everyone,” Dr. Cindy Howard, associate professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, who leads the program commented.

With Howard’s leadership and vision, CaMS professors and students taught the girls about robotics, programming, web design, and networking. The girls learned how to use computers to control physical devices wirelessly and over a wired connection. Howard taught girls to program robots that they built using Scratch and Python. They also learned how to build a wireless control system for robots using a Raspberry Pi.

Girls Create Technology is part of a significant effort the Lewis University Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences has pursued to increase the number of women in the field. The funds will help pay for materials and for student workers to help run the sessions.

Previous Girls Create Technology activities included a four-day summer camp and multiple sessions throughout the school year provide advanced training in various aspects of computer science.

PPG recently provided a combined $45,000 of support to Chicago-area non-profit organizations that service students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Lumity, Chicago Urban League and Project Syncere were other grant recipients. The grants highlight PPG’s (NYSE:PPG) commitment to increasing educational opportunities for young people in STEM areas. The donation was made on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings facilities in Batavia and Aurora.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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