Living Coast Discovery Center Awarded $25,000 Grant from UTC Aerospace Systems to Support STEaM Education Programs

CHULA VISTA, CALIF. (APRIL 7, 2015) – The Living Coast Discovery Center, a nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from UTC Aerospace Systems' Goodrich Foundation to support the center’s ongoing STEaM (Science, Technology, Engineering, art and Math) education programs for local youth.

The latest round of funding is part of a year-long partnership between the Living Coast Discovery Center and UTC Aerospace Systems - Aerostructures, which share a mission of environmental stewardship in the community. Aerostructures employees will collaborate with the Living Coast staff on a habitat restoration project and their families will enjoy free memberships to the Living Coast for 12 months. Aerostructures employees will also participate in STEaM education mentorship opportunities with students at the Living Coast.

Aerostructures is a world leader in the design, manufacture and support of airplane engine nacelle systems, with its headquarters and some operations located in a facility just south of the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista. The company has been a long-time support of the Living Coast’s educational mission, which serves 15,000 San Diego County schoolchildren each year with science-based educational programs. Aerostructures Associate General Counsel Kyle Strong serves on the Living Coast’s board of directors.  UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“Two of our corporate responsibility objectives are to further STEM education and to help build vibrant communities. Our ongoing support of the Living Coast Discovery Center brings those two objectives together to the benefit of the thousands of people – especially youngsters – who visit the Living Coast each year,” said Aerostructures President Marc Duvall.

“We are incredibly grateful for the continuing support of our community partner, UTC Aerospace Systems, who shares our mission of environmental stewardship and community engagement,” said Ben Vallejos, executive director of the Living Coast Discovery Center. “These successful collaborations go a long way in helping us reach more San Diego youth with meaningful, hands-on STEaM educational opportunities that inspire a life-long love of the sciences.”

About the Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery, a 501(c) 3 educational zoo and aquarium located within the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge on San Diego Bay, began operating as a non-profit in 2010 after assuming operations of the Chula Vista Nature Center. The Living Coast Discovery offers hands-on exhibits and up-close encounters with more than 350 plant and animal species native to Southern California coastal habitats, including endangered sea turtles, sting rays, leopard sharks, jellies, shorebirds, reptiles and a large collection of raptors such as hawks, falcons, owls, American bald eagle, golden eagle, and more. More information about the Living Coast Discovery Center is available at or (619) 409-5900.

About UTC Aerospace Systems and United Technologies Corp.

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut,  provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.