Richmond Jet and RIC host STEM student visit

On June 24th the Richmond Jet Center in collaboration with the Richmond International Airport hosted a group of approximately 30 STEM students from Prince Edward County Schools.  The featured speaker was pilot and educator Captain Barrington Irving.  Captain Irving is a STEM+ Ambassador and has launched “the Flying Classroom” to promote STEM+ learning in all core and elective courses.

The students stopped first at the Richmond Jet Center.  There they interact with Captain Irving.  Robbie Clarke, Operations Manager at the Richmond Jet Center, also spoke to the group of students.  The kids had an opportunity to see aircraft as well as a flight simulator set up by the Virginia Department of Aviation.  The Richmond Airport Fire Department brought their trucks over for the children and their chaperones to see.  Finally the kids were transported to the main Terminal Building where they heard presentations from RIC airport management, Building Services, and Operations.  They were also able to tour the Emergency Communications Center and speak with the Police Chief.

Click below to link to a video that shows some of the scenes from a very rewarding day for not only the kids, but everyone who played a role in this terrific event:

Captain Barrington Irving, STEM+ Ambassador and guest speaker
Robbie Clarke from the RIC Jet Center talks about careers in aviation.
RIC Airport Fire Department Chief John Fitzgerald interacts with the students.
Firefighter Tina Silva shows the students an ARFF truck and discusses fire fighting and EMS requirements at the airport.
The students ended up at the Terminal Building to hear presentations from RIC management and department heads.