MARLIN, TX — Marlin ISD students got a taste of aviation on the first day of Black History Month.
Students from Marlin elementary and middle schools came out to the Waco Regional Airport Monday morning for a STEM project fly-in event.
They also got the chance to meet Captain Barrington Irving, who was the first African American to pilot a plane around the world solo.
"To expose them to an opportunity or even thinking about opportunity in aviation that's huge, that's huge," said Dr. Stacy Parker, executive director of student services for Marlin ISD. "I'm sure that is an industry that definitely could benefit from more African American presence."
"We believe by partnering with Captain Irving, we're showing our students more importantly what they can do and what they will do," said Dr. Darryl Henson, superintendent at Marlin ISD.
This event was part of Marlin ISD's partnership with the Flying Classroom, a K-12 integrative STEM+ supplemental curriculum.