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Pilot and Educator

"Inspiring Students to Touch the Sky"

How can we fuse the passion to explore, the skill to fly around the world, and the ability to make science, technology, engineering and math real and relevant? Better yet, how can we help teachers introduce STEM+ without being a subject matter expert in these fields? Answering these questions, led Barrington to investigate real world STEM problems across the globe that took him to six continents, where he carried out 30 powerful ground, air, and sea expeditions exploring real-life applications of STEM+. 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, Barrington created a nonprofit, Experience Aviation, which offers hands-on, STEM-based programs and career guidance to middle and high school students in Florida, Texas, and Georgia.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and brought up in inner-city Miami, Barrington was inspired to pursue aviation at age 15, when a Jamaican airline pilot offered to mentor him. He rejected college football scholarships to pursue a career in STEM and never looked back.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Florida Memorial University, Barrington was the recipient of a Congressional Resolution acknowledging his pioneering work in aviation education. He received the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to fly solo around the world and was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2012.

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