Scouts Launch STEM Education With Lockheed Martin And Alamo Colleges

SA Boy Scouts’ Nova STEM Merit Badge Academy Provides Youth Opportunity to Explore Career in Aviation. The Nova S.T.E.M. / Lockheed Martin Kelly Aviation Center / Alamo Colleges Merit Badge Academy launches on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
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SAN ANTONIO - Oct. 10, 2013 - PRLog -- The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council introduces a new opportunity for Boy Scouts to explore a career in aviation and earn a merit badge on their path to reach the highest rank in Scouting – the Eagle Scout.  The Nova S.T.E.M. / Lockheed Martin Kelly Aviation Center / Alamo Colleges Merit Badge Academy launches on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at the St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus.  This new Academy is launched under the umbrella of the Boy Scouts of America's NOVA STEM Awards. (  The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.

Media is invited to see the Scouts in action on Saturday, October 12th from 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. at St Phillips College Aviation Center located at 800 Quintana Rd, San Antonio, TX 78211.

“With this STEM Academy, our Boy Scout youth will have a great time learning about aviation, earning their aviation merit badge while experiencing unique behind the scenes opportunities given to them by St. Philips College and Lockheed Martin Kelley Aviation Center…this is an incredible local resource,” says Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive, Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.  “The requirements and activities for earning this aviation merit badge will support the Nova STEM Awards that stimulate interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them.

The NOVA STEM / Lockheed Martin Kelly Aviation Center / Alamo Colleges Merit Badge Academy was created as a fun way to build confidence in Boy Scouts and help motivate them towards achievement while exposing them to possible future career opportunities in aviation.  For more information on this Merit Badge Academy program, contact Alamo Area Council, BSA Program Director, Jason Derscheid, at 210-341-8611 Ext. 145, or by email at  To consider becoming a Nova STEM Merit Badge Academy Sponsor with the Boy Scouts, visit or by contacting Ed Rogers at email The St. Philip’s College contact for the program isRafael Brisita, Chair Aircraft, Construction and Manufacturing Department, who can be reached at 210- 486-7035 or by email

“What a great way to celebrate the 35th anniversary of our modern aviation program at St. Philip’s College. St. Philip's College is proud to provide STEM education in partnership with Lockheed Martin, and The Boy Scouts of America's innovative NOVA Awards program that will reward many aspiring young scientists with a memorable day on a college campus to complete a challenging aerospace program," said St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston.  "As operators of the South Texas region's oldest aviation education provider, Scouts will find that we are San Antonio's authentic FAA-approved aerospace educators, with our alumni at work in the world's top aviation firms," Loston said. "At the end of the day, St. Philip's College's partnership with Lockheed Martin and The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program allows us to educate and give back, and by doing both through this partnership, we are pleased to join in making a difference in the education of Scouts in our service area," said Loston.

About the Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 28,500 youth and 7,500 volunteer adults in South Texas.  The Boy Scouts of America continue to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship, and sports fitness.  For more information on the Alamo Area BSA, please visit

About Lockheed Martin Kelly Aviation Center

Kelly Aviation Center's U.S. facility located on the Port San Antonio Industrial Complex in San Antonio, Texas  is recognized as a Center of Excellence for aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for commercial CF6-50 ( and CF6-80 (, and CFM56 ( companies and international governments ( In addition, the facility repairs engine modules and builds new engines for the F-16. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.  For more information on Lockheed Martin Kelly Aviation Center, visit

About the St. Philip’s College Aviation Technology Program: Established in 1978, the 35-year-old aircraft technology program at the St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus on 800 Quintana Road in Port San Antonio is the oldest and most prominent FAA-approved airframe and power plant maintenance program in the South Texas region, and a valuable pipeline for skilled labor in San Antonio’s aerospace industry. Employers and partners of the program in San Antonio include Lockheed–Martin, Boeing, Gore Design, Chromalloy, ST Aerospace, Cessna Citation, M–7, Standard Aero, 12th Flying Training Wing, 433rd Airlift Wing and Port San Antonio. Many alumni are now employed by various companies in the aerospace community. For details on touring the college’s aircraft technology program facilities and all aircraft technology program degree programs at St. Philip’s College, contact Rod Cotter, aviation program director, at (210) 486–7201 or

About St. Philip’s College: Bishop James Steptoe Johnston of the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church of the West Texas Diocese founded St. Philip’s College in 1898. Today, St. Philip’s College, a member of the Alamo Colleges, is a multi–campus institution and serves a semester enrollment of more than 11,000 credit and more than 8,000 continuing education students. St. Philip’s College is a Historically Black College and a Hispanic Serving Institution. As “A Point of Pride in the Community,” St. Philip’s College ( is among the oldest and most diverse community colleges in the United States.
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