2005, Guinness World Record holder, Barrington Irving, founded Experience Aviation to face the disparities in the lack of trained professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). By bringing challenging project-based learning, hands-on, STEM building educational opportunities to school districts and local communities nationwide, Experience Aviation has excited the hearts and minds of our youth. The goal has and will always be to give them the necessary tools required to navigate through today's industry demands in STEM.
Curriculum should be stimulating, captivating, and relevant. The advancements in science and technology in the past quarter century have been monumental but the past 10 years in educational curriculum has been nothing short of extraordinary. Unfortunately, today's classrooms are still using outdated textbooks, software and technologies that deprive students of the innovative tools, knowledge, and mindsets necessary to compete in tomorrow's global workforce.
The demand for STEM professionals in the U.S. out paces supply, forcing employers to look towards outsourcing overseas. K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions have too few graduates in STEM. Experience Aviation is a proven solution to expand the talent pipeline of STEM innovators, graduates and career-seekers.
Experience Aviation provides real-world experiences and a STEM+ curriculum to schools and districts across the nation. Through the dedication of our team, support of our donors, and partnering with amazing sponsors like the Verizon Foundation, we are able to excite, teach and inspire children with innovative learning opportunities that spark imagination, while preparing them for the future.
Who We Are
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
What We're Doing
BUILD AND SOAR IS CHALLENGING STUDENTS TO BUILD SO THEY CAN SOAR TO NEW HEIGHTS.
Through the help and support of our team, donors and sponsors, Experience Aviation has been a part of some incredible projects from building hovercrafts, aircrafts to supercars with youth in communities and classrooms across the nation. Take a look at our recent work!
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They used to say, raising a child "takes a village". Well, preparing our future generations takes the help of the entire community.
Experience Aviation is thankful to have amazing supporters, donors, partners, volunteers, and sponsors but our goal is soaring and our ambitions are even higher. Ensuring that tomorrow's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industry demands are being met means together, we are bringing innovative learning into today's classrooms and communities!
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"Experience Aviation allowed me to have a deeper understanding of aviation sciences and taught me the basic fundamentals of Aeronautics. I’m currently flying the MQ-9 Reaper as a pilot in the US Air Force."
Trenton Monaghan - 2d LT, USAF 6th Attack Squadron, Holloman AFB, New Mexico
"Experience Aviation played an intricate part in me becoming the student and the person I am today. Through a rigorous yet enjoyable curriculum I was introduced to the many possibilities a career in STEM has to offer. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, working to obtain my degree in Aviation Maintenance Science with a Focus in Management."
Cinnevia Knight - Student, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
"Experience Aviation has helped me to realize my passion for aviation and air transportation. This has led me to pursue a career as a Naval Aviator."
Christopher Orr - ENS US NAVY, Aviation Preflight Indoctrination, Pensacola, Florida
Welcome to Experience Aviation
A nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap in STEM awareness and skills by utilizing aviation to build STEM aptitudes in students and to direct them toward careers in aviation and other STEM-related fields.
Experience Aviation is a 501-C3 non-profit organization based at Opa-Locka Executive Airport that utilizes Aviation to build STEM skills in students to address the shortage of STEM professionals by engaging in STEM-related industry challenges.
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Build & Soar
Oct 15, 2008
STEM with Ford Motors
June 13, 2017
Wings of Hope
Nove 8, 2017
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