Donation from PPG Makes STEM Camp Accessible to Students

PPG Check Presentation

July 2, 2014 – Local elementary and middle school students will spend a week “building bridges to the future” using robots at Davidson County Community College’s annual STEM Camp, thanks to a generous donation from PPG Industries. 

The $8,000 donation from PPG of Lexington supports the third-annual summer camp, which the college offers to stimulate an interest in science, technology, engineering and math among young students. The camp will host rising fourth- through eighth-graders on DCCC’s campus July 14-18.

“PPG's donation allows us to lower camp registration costs for campers,” says Anissa Causey, project coordinator for the N.C. Advanced Manufacturing Alliance at DCCC. “In addition, some of their employees will be actively involved by volunteering at the final robotics competition at the end of the week.” 

“We’re pleased to have been the primary sponsor of this important program through the PPG Foundation since its inception in 2012,” says Jeff Smith, PPG Lexington manufacturing manager. “Exposing young students to STEM skills will help provide PPG and other U.S.-based manufacturers with skills needed to compete on a global scale.”

During the STEM camp, students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills by learning about robotic programming using Lego Mindstorm robots. They also use innovative engineering design techniques to build bridges out of Styrofoam and balsa wood.

Grouped into teams of three, the 90 participants will participate in hands-on projects that teach teamwork, collaboration and responsibility while introducing real-world scientific problems. The final robotics challenge, held on the last day of the camp, July 18 at 1 p.m., provides an opportunity for students to compete with one another to solve a final real-world engineering design problem.

Editor’s Note: In the photo, Jeff Smith, manufacturing manager for PPG, presents DCCC's STEM Camp Director Anissa Causey with a check for $8,000. PPG's support helps lower registration costs for camp participants.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at