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Barrington Irving          

World Record Setting Pilot & National Geographic Explorer, STEM+ Educator & Innovator

Barrington Irving is very good at rising above obstacles. Literally. Raised in Miami's inner city, surrounded by crime, poverty, and failing schools, he beat the odds to become the youngest person and only Black pilot ever to fly solo around the world. He built a plane himself, made his historic flight, graduated magna cum laude from an aeronautical science program, and founded a dynamic educational nonprofit. Then he turned 28.

Today, Irving is an explorer that investigates real world STEM problems across the globe. Established by Irving in 2014, the Flying Classroom is a K-8 STEM+ digital curriculum that challenges students to design innovative solutions to the problems he investigates. Before founding the Flying Classroom, Irving created a nonprofit, Experience Aviation, which offers hands-on, STEM-based programs and career guidance to middle and high school students all throughout the country.

Among Irving's many accolades is a 2007 Congressional Resolution acknowledging his historic achievement and his pioneering work in the field of aviation education. He is also the recipient of the highest honor given by the Florida State Senate, the Medallion of Excellence.

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