Paying Homage To High Flyers Past * Present * Future

What happens when STEM gets wings?   It soars higher and farther powered by Compton Unified School District ingenuity.

Over 1,000 students, faculty, government employees and special guest came together to create an experience ,Wednesday to watch the “flying classroom” land on the playground at Compton’s Davis Middle School.

The “flying classroom” was a helicopter flown by Barrington Irving, the one-time Guinness World Records holder for the youngest person to fly solo around the world. Irving used the helicopter to tell students about the importance of getting involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Robin Petgrave, Founder of Tomorrows Aeronautical Museum was joined with an LA County Sheriff Department pilot who landed his helicopters with Barringtion just prior to the enthusiastic assembly comprised of eight middle schools from the  Compton Unified School District (CUSD)


Live from Shanghai, China, Barrington connected via skype with students from Benjamin O. Davis Middle School in Compton, Ca.

Student at Davis Middle School in Compton, CA learn about the Flying Classroom and how Barrington Irving made his dream of flying around the world a reality. #STEM #flyingclassroom
Their principal, Cesar Flores, is one of the educators following the Flying Classroom expeditions and bringing STEM education resources to his school.
Captain Irving chats with students at Davis Middle School in Compton, CA live from his Flying Classroom expedition in Shanghai, China.

Dakar board member Terrence Coles documented the courageous journey of Kimberly Anyadike , a fifteen year old girl at the time, flew from Compton across America as the youngest African American female to ever accomplish such a feat.

Dakar Foundation created the Dakar Media Academy( DMA) to unifying like minded students and those who influence them to a global theme that will explore their openness in a connecting their thoughts.

It will serve as a clearinghouse for school districts, teachers and students to draw upon diversity framed career development resources to inspire all no matter what their socio-economic status.

DMA will utilize talent from the CUSD to develop leadership and stewardship by using case studies such as the Fallen 66 Project to create a user-generated content video blog about genealogy, emphasizing lesson plans from STEM, liberal arts and civics.

Within DMA there are 7 underlying principles that will lead to a more collaborative effort to build sustainable evergreen projects about Diversity and Inclusion, STEM and The Arts that can be measured by each succeeding graduating class.

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DMA incorporates a high-interest, inquiry rich integrated curriculum supported by the rights that Dakar has obtained to curate rare artifacts about the Buffalo SoldiersTuskegee Airmen and other Groups of Color and Gender.

This catalog of material will provide an overlay of content to classrooms who will be the first generation of students to study the forensics of these men and women’s photographs, diaries and rare documents though science, literacy and critical thinking/problem solving.

DMA premise is that the best way to learn science is by practicing science, and the best way to express one’s self is their interpretation and narrative to which can frame their understanding of how they can change their circumstances through stewardship.

DMA 7 pillars is baked-into the Fallen 66 project and applied to a Memorial Day online awareness campaign whose goal is to drive awareness for all men and women who Killed in Action, and in particular those whose remains have never been found. 

DMA is a movement dedicated to building an advocacy groups to influence stakeholders: Major Museums, Legislators and existing government program such as the JPAC to start the process of the finding remains of World War II pilots who never came home, and to repatriate their remans to be buried with honors in the Arlington National Cemetery.