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The Captain is Coming…World-famous Captain Barrington Irving Jr. Joins Lancaster ISD as Special Guest at the District’s 21st Century STEM Learning Expo


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Captain is Coming…

World-famous Captain Barrington Irving Jr. Joins Lancaster ISD as Special Guest at the District’s 21st Century STEM Learning Expo

Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster ISD

Lancaster ISD prepares to welcome the world-famous Captain Barrington Irving Jr. to the Lancaster Independent School District 21st Century STEM Learning Expo and Rites of Passage Extravaganza on Saturday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lancaster High School IB/STEM Academy located at 200 E. Wintergreen Road in Lancaster Texas.

This free public event is a culminating celebration of all things academic and will include student project-based learning assignments, the honoring and awarding of the STEM scholars and more than 350 project, activity and information stations facilitated by students and STEM instructors.

"It is an opportunity for the community, businesses and parents to see what the students in Lancaster ISD have engaged in throughout the school year," Lancaster ISD STEM Director Antionette Mathews said.

Mathews also explained that the Rites of Passage aspect of this event has an inter-linked purpose.

"The STEM Rites of Passage celebrates the students’ completion of STEM milestones at designated grade levels. The milestones are indicators to help our district ask critical to determine where we are on the spectrum of 21st Century skills integration and the goal of providing our students with opportunities to graduate with More Than a Diploma."

The Lancaster ISD STEM Expo has an aviation and engineering focus and will somewhat serve as the bridge to the district’s K-8th grade STEM Summer Camp experiences. To help launch the summer experience, students, parents and community supporters will have the chance to meet the world renown, Guinness Book World Record holder, Captain Irving.

At the age of 23, Captain Irving staked his claim in history as the youngest and first black person to pilot a plane around the world solo. At 30, he is now the founder of the non-profit Experience Aviation that is dedicated to connecting and empowering minority youth to pursue careers in aviation through hands-on interactive learning experiences.

He accomplished his historical feat in a Cessna 400 standard utility plane appropriately named "Inspiration" and now, through his mission of educating youth and connecting them to a brighter future of opportunities, he has become an inspiration for students around the world.

Lancaster ISD is one of two premier districts that will implement his summer experience.

Sixty students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will have the chance to work with the history maker in the BI60 Flying Tigers Operation: Build and Soar Camp directly hosted by Captain Irving and his team.

Mathews described this camp as the experience of a lifetime for participating students.

"They will get to build a super sports car, 12 high powered drones, and launch a high altitude balloon thousands of miles into the atmosphere," she said. "No one in the DFW area has done any of these projects, let alone with the first and then youngest black person to fly solo around the world."

Other students in Lancaster ISD and the surrounding areas in grades K-8 will have the chance to participate in a 2 week-aviation program hosted by math and science educators in the district.

Come, meet Captain Barrington Irving, get an inside view of a STEM-fused learning environment and the great happenings in Lancaster ISD this summer and beyond!

For more information on STEM education in Lancaster ISD, contact the district office at 972-218-1400 or visit the district website at

Learn more facts about Barrington Irving and his Experience Aviation program for minority and urban youth at

The Lancaster Public Schools serve more than 6,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 11 schools. The mission of the Lancaster Independent School District, a leader in providing innovative, quality programs, is to educate every student with the knowledge; skills; and principles to succeed and contribute in a competitive and technologically advancing world by providing rigorous and engaging learning opportunities that promote diversity; create an environment of integrity and respect; and establish a commitment to continued improvement in partnership with families and community.


422 S. Centre Ave. Lancaster, TX 75146 ~ 972.218.1400 ~ Source: Barrington Irving Video -Build and Soar Super Car 2013