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UTC Aerospace Systems Donates $10,000 to STEM Program at Living Coast Discovery Center

A student takes his underwater robotic vehicle out on a trial mission in the Living Coast Discovery Center’s 22,000-gallon shark tank.
A student takes his underwater robotic vehicle out on a trial mission in the Living Coast Discovery Center’s 22,000-gallon shark tank.

In January, UTC Aerospace Systems donated $10,000 to the Living Coast Discovery Center in support of their new program, "Student Science Series." The non-profit zoo and aquarium located in Chula Vista, California is hosting this program for middle and high school students. "Student Science Series" is a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational program aligned with an innovative underwater robotics program called SeaPerch. The SeaPerch program equips students with the resources they need to build a remotely operated underwater vehicle following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Students can then perform trial underwater missions with their vehicles in the Living Coast Discovery Center’s 22,000-gallon shark tank and learn valuable research skills that will help each student with future plans in higher education and a career.

 

This most recent contribution continues the financial support that UTC Aerospace Systems has provided to the Living Coast Discovery Center, including a 2013 grant of $25,000 to support the Center’s operational expenses.

 

About the Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a non-profit zoo and aquarium located on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in San Diego Bay. Founded by the City of Chula Vista in 1987, the center transitioned to a nonprofit organization in 2010 and was re-branded as the Living Coast Discovery Center in 2012 in anticipation of its 25th anniversary.