Science Center announces new traveling chemistry outreach program

24/10/2014
Today, more than 250 students at Bloom Elementary teamed up with chemistry adventurer Ion Jones on a global quest to explore rainforests, deserts, glaciers, ancient temples and prehistoric carbon deposits. While the journey – made possible by PPG Industries Foundation with support from the Community Foundation of Louisville and DDW “The Color House” – is imaginary, the science involved is real.
 






LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 24, 2014 – Today, more than 250 students at Bloom Elementary teamed up with chemistry adventurer Ion Jones on a global quest to explore rainforests, deserts, glaciers, ancient temples and prehistoric carbon deposits. While the journey – made possible by PPG Industries Foundation with support from the Community Foundation of Louisville and DDW “The Color House” – is imaginary, the science involved is real.

Led by Ion Jones (a parody of the "Indiana Jones" movie hero), "Ion Jones & the Lost Castle of Chemistry" is a 45-minute, interactive traveling science show. Initially created by Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh with support from PPG, the show teaches students how chemistry affects industry, technology and the environment. By the time students reach the Lost Castle, they have explored and observed chemistry in action courtesy of a fiery volcano, a cola geyser, an exploding hydrogen-filled balloon and other experiments.

This all-new chemistry-themed outreach program, which includes a science show, hands-on activities and pre- and post-program materials about chemistry and chemical reactions, will be available to travel to schools and other locations throughout the region.

“The need to inspire and embed a culture of science literacy in Kentucky is crucial to the future of the region. Our strategic plan, 'Unbridled Science,' responds to that need by challenging us to reach more students beyond the borders of our building. This dynamic new program does just that,” said Science Center Executive Director Joanna Haas. “With support from PPG, a Fund for Louisville capacity-building grant from the Community Foundation of Louisville and D.D. Williamson, we are launching 'Ion Jones,' a self-sustaining, on-the-road program that will introduce students across the region to the critical discipline of science and inspire them to become lifelong learners.”

This program will join the ranks of the Science Center's other successful traveling outreach program, "Captain Current vs. The Electricity Vampires," powered by LG&E and KU. After over two years of traveling, Captain Current has reached more than 10,500 students around the region.

“PPG is thrilled to help expand 'Ion Jones' to the Kentucky Science Center. We are strongly committed to enhancing educational initiatives that garner interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) such as the Kentucky Science Center programs,” said Sue Sloan, executive director, PPG Industries Foundation. "We are excited to bring this program to Bloom Elementary and other schools in the Louisville area, and we hope it helps students experience how fun and exciting science and technology can be."

"Ion Jones & the Lost Castle of Chemistry includes up to 10 hands-on activity stations where students explore and learn chemical processes, reactions, and how to use chemicals safely. The program also incorporates curriculum connections relevant for grades K-8 and can be tailored to each audience's needs.

The program is offered at various pricing levels for experiences serving up to 500 students. For booking and additional information, visit KYScienceCenter.org or call 502-561-6100, ext. 6111.

About the Kentucky Science Center (KYScienceCenter.org)
Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to enjoy science, mathematics and technology in a stimulating and engaging environment that is educational as well as entertaining. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, Kentucky Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families and adults. Kentucky Science Center is committed to growing a scientifically literate community that investigates, questions, and challenges.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.
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About Community Foundation of Louisville
The Community Foundation of Louisville, founded in 1984, is the largest community foundation in Kentucky, with $434 million in assets and more than 1,300 charitable funds. Each fund has its own name and charitable purpose as defined by its donors. In 2013, these funds awarded more than 7,000 grants totaling $44 million to nonprofit organizations in the Louisville area and beyond. Over the past 30 years, the Community Foundation of Louisville has made more than $625 million in grants. For more information, visit www.cflouisville.org and follow us on Twitter at @cflouisville.

About DDW: The Color House
DDW's mission is to enhance the visual appeal of food and beverages. The Colour House is a place where creativity blends with advanced technical capability to bring colour ideas to life for customers. DDW's wide array of naturally derived colouring, along with its sought after caramel colour and burnt sugar, helps sell two billion servings every day. A trusted and recognized provider of colour solutions for the food and beverage industry, the company operates nine manufacturing sites on five continents. Visit www.ddwcolour.com and follow us on Twitter @ddwcolor.
 
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Contact:
Hannah E. Clore
Kentucky Science Center
502-560-7152
hannah.clore@louisvilleky.gov

Jamie Bujakowski
PPG Architectural Coatings
724-742-5599
bujakowski@ppg.com

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