Rising Above the Obstacles

Presenter: Barrington Irving
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Presenter Bio:
Founder, Experience Aviation
Youngest person to fly solo around the world

Irving’s nonprofit, Experience Aviation, aims to boost the numbers of youth in aviation and other science and math related careers. Middle and high school students attend summer and after-school programs tackling hands-on robotics projects, flight simulator challenges, and field trips to major industries and corporations.

In his ‘Build and Soar’ program, 60 students from failing schools built an airplane from scratch in just ten weeks and then watched Irving pilot it into the clouds. “We want to create a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to take ownership and accomplish something amazing,” he notes.