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TOAST students take to the virtual skies

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb, 4, 2019) -- Using flight simulators in their school’s computer lab, fifth-graders at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on Monday took to the virtual skies and showed off their takeoff, flying and landing skills to a world-traveling pilot and educator.

 

Their audience was Captain Barrington Irving, who at the age of 23 became the youngest person and first African-American to fly solo around the world. He still spends plenty of time in an airplane and also pilots The Flying Classroom, a digital curriculum based on his travels.

 

Nine district elementary schools have some level of The Flying Classroom curriculum in place. So do all three middle schools and Tony Clement Center for Education. The district is studying the possibility of future implementation at Albany High School, as well.

 

Lessons are based on Irving’s experiences flying around the world and involve hands-on activities and experiences.

 

TOAST has three flight simulators, and each was operated Monday by a student pilot and co-pilot. The Flying Classroom fronted half the cost of the three flight simulators at TOAST; the other half was funded through a Donors Choose grant secured by technology teacher Deb Whipple. The simulators are located in Whipple’s computer lab, along with a host of high-tech gadgets and gizmos.

 

After TOAST students showed their stuff, Irving took over the controls of a flight simulators and demonstrated a smooth, error-free landing. He then spent the next 45 minutes fielding questions from an enthused and engaged group of some 75 TOAST fifth-graders.

 

Click here to see a Facebook photo album of the fledgling pilots and Irving's visit. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves approximately 9,500 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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