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Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust host first-ever Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Day

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust welcomed nearly fifty fourth grade students from a local Pittsburgh Public School to the first-ever Columbia Gas STEAM Day at the Trust Arts Education Center. During the fun-filled, hands-on day, the kids had an opportunity to create their own, creative art projects while using engineering principles and collaborative problem solving techniques. The educational, STEAM programming was funded by a $5,000 NiSource Charitable Foundation grant. NiSource is the parent company of Columbia Gas.

One of the imaginative STEAM activities, led by professional Pittsburgh artists, included building a four-tiered structure out of paper strips and glue. The project encouraged artistic, original thinking, but also incorporated engineering principles like construction technique, design execution and stress testing.

“Thanks to Columbia Gas, we were able to provide educational, artistic activities for the students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools,” said Pittsburgh Culture Trust Assistant Manager of Institutional Giving Lisa Viscusi. “The day was a unique opportunity for the children to apply STEAM principles through memorable, experiential, out-of-the-classroom learning.”

“The STEAM day was also a great opportunity to introduce career opportunities available to men and women in our local communities,” said Community Engagement Manager Sarah Perry. “At Columbia Gas we are dedicated to hiring, training and retaining the very best employees, with creativity and expertise in both skilled trades and as business professionals, to provide top-tier safety and satisfaction to our customers.”

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization that supports performing arts, visual arts, festivals, arts education and urban development. The Trust provide many opportunities and programs for students to learn about the arts through performances, workshops, classes and other programs. For more information visit

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