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Montgomery Regional Airport and Montgomery Aviation to host Captain Barrington Irving’s Flying Classroom Fly-In

(Montgomery, AL) – The Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM), alongside Montgomery Aviation and other local aviation professionals, will host Captain Barrington Irving and the Flying Classroom Fly-In’s on June 21, 2022. This event celebrates the district’s partnership with the Flying Classroom and commitment to STEM+ education.

The Flying Classroom is a K-12 integrative STEM+ supplemental curriculum. The classroom allows students to see the standards and principles aligned to STEM; it also includes correlated activities to geography, informational literacy, writing, art, and social studies.

Approximately 40 students in grades third and fourth from Greenville Elementary School will have a chance to meet Captain Irving and see the behind-the-scenes of the aviation industry. Each lesson is conducted by Captain Irving and allows students to develop critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and cognitive development skills as they navigate the expedition content.

“The Montgomery Regional Airport is excited to host Captain Barrington Irving and his Flying Classroom, this partnership allows students to see what a future in flight would look like,” said Wade A. Davis, Executive Director for Montgomery Regional Airport. “This unique partnership and outreach offer students a chance to explore the aviation field, or even picture themselves as pilots, like Captain Irving.”

Captain Barrington Irving is a renowned pilot, educator, explorer, and community leader. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Captain Irving moved to the United States with his family in 1989 and grew up in Miami, Florida, where he first became interested in STEM programs, specifically aviation, at a young age. A Guinness Book record holder from 2007 to 2012, he was the youngest person to fly solo around the world. He is a record holder as the first African American ever to fly solo around the world.

He is also the founder of Experience Aviation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designed to help middle and high school students explore aviation and other STEM-based careers and programs through hands-on learning experiences. He started Flying Classroom, a STEM+-related digital curriculum for K through 8th grade that allows students to design innovative solutions to STEM+ field world issues.

For more information about Flying Classroom, please visit https://flyingclassroom.com/.

Montgomery Regional Airport offers non-stop flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW), and Washington, D.C. (DCA).  MGM currently serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta Airlines.  For more information on the airport, visit flymgm.com.

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