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Flying Classroom visits Omaha Zoo

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 18:27:20-05
From sea snakes to sky scrapers, a pilot has traveled the world to meet scientists and explorers to teach science and math skills in today's world. He recently landed in Omaha for a lesson.
 
The Flying Classroom is the creation of Captain Barrington Irving. He's taken to the sky and traveled around the globe, stopping along the way to teach STEM skills: science, technology, engineering, and math. He makes each lesson a learning adventure, and now the adventure has landed in Omaha.
 
"We wanted to bring to life the standards, curriculum standards relating to habitats for animals. As well as the behavior patterns of animals as well," he said. 
 
Barrington focused on two lessons: how zoo staff trains big cats, and how they build an environment for all the animals. Irving says the goal of the lessons is to inspire kids to make biology and zoology a career. 
 
"It's showing students that these are things out there that exist," he said. "And not only do they exist, but they're wonderful career opportunities that every young person can pursue."
 
The video should be up by Spring, including lessons for kids to play and learn along at flyingclassroom.com.