Irving’s Round-the-globe flight will Inspire STEM students

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Aviation depends on students taking courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. There is a need to find messages and messengers who will attract students to these demanding courses. The below story is marvelous news about a very worthy venture which should resonate with the target market. This is but one of a continuing series of examples of the benefits of such academic pursuits.

Barrington Irving, pictured above, has the badge likely to command the attention of young people—he earned a Guinness World Record for youngest single pilot to fly around globe. He designed a flying classroom, the Inspiration III, a Hawker 400XPR and intends to fly it around the world. His educational curriculum is an “interactive learning adventure” covering topics including the critical Stem subjects plus history, geography and humanities. The media for these didactic lessons are 16 ground, air and sea exciting exercises via online videos and a blog whether in school and at home via computer and mobile device.

The list of sponsors is an impressive show of industry and educational support:

· Executive Air Services (the Hawker 400XP)

· Universal Weather & Aviation

· Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,

· Jeppesen,

· FlightSafety International

· British Petroleum

· Skype in the Classroom

· the National Educational Association,

· NASA, National Geographic and

· United Teachers of Dade.

At the National Airport kickoff, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr made a sendoff speech and the Aero Club of Washington sponsored a children’s career fair attended by 650 local students. From Washington, Irving plans to tour Inspiration III on the first segment of its global goal by visiting across North America, Asia and Australasia.

Expectation is high that STEM students will be streaming into the class rooms based on Irving’s awakening of their imaginations.

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