Oglethorpe Charter School entered into a partnership with the Flying Classroom during the spring semester of the 2017-2018 school year. The initial roll-out of this initiative brought Barrington Irving to the school for an assembly and to generate some excitement about STEM.
Barrington Antonio Irving, Jr., C.D. was the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo, a feat he accomplished in 2007. He is also the first Jamaican to accomplish this feat. For more information, please visit the link below.
The Flying Classroom spent 3 days at the Savannah State/Oglethorpe camps this summer providing the students with STEM activities in robotics and drones. The activities that the Flying Classroom provided at the camps were a hit with all of the kids. In June, 2018 Oglethorpe Charter School formalized the partnership with the Flying Classroom for the 2018-2019 school year to include more professional learning sessions with our math and science teachers, provide lead explorer expeditions, bring Captain Irving back for another visit, and gain access to the Flying Classroom curriculum. On Monday, August 13, 2018, Hannah Marara and Jason (Flying Classroom curriculum specialist) came to Oglethorpe for a full day of professional development to complete the roll-out of the integrated curriculum units with our math and science teachers along with Mr. Wells (OCS Marine Science teacher) and Theresa Luciano (OCS STEM and Engineering teacher). This was a very successful day. The roll-out of unit one took place on September 17th for all grade levels. The integrated units will involve the math, science and related arts teachers (Mr. Wells and Mrs. Luciano) working on the same topic doing different activities associated with the content area they are teaching. The goal is for all of the science, math, engineering and marine science teachers to develop 4 units for the entire year and roll 2 units out a semester using the flying Classroom curriculum and ensuring that we are also meeting the Georgia curriculum standards.