Guinness world record pilot flies through Houston, teaches STEM students

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HOUSTON, Texas - Meet Captain Barrington Irving.  He's just flying through town.

Captain Irving is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person to fly around the world solo.

At 23 in 2007, Captain Irving made his 97-day flight which included 27 stops across 13 countries.

Through sand storms and hard freezes, Irving says some days it took a wing and a prayer.

On Thursday, the captain spoke to students at the 'Flying Classroom' in Houston.

"This one took a really large amount of people in order to make it happen.  We've flown through three continents, conducted 16 academic expeditions, and now we're here in Houston to celebrate.  Just very excited," Captain Irving says.

His visit is part of a digital curriculum designed to give students kindergarten through eighth grade, a more practical learning experience.

Particularly STEM students, that's those interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

"It was really inspiring and I hope I can do something just like him," says Lucas Rivera, a seventh grader.

United Airlines Captain Gary Robinson says, "They realize, maybe this math and science is not as intimidating as I thought it was, especially when he brings it home to things like the video games and tennis shoes, and so on, they really get to relate on their own level."

Captain Irving also runs the non-profit, 'Experience Aviation,' which empowers youth to pursue careers in aviation.

For these students, their passport to knowledge could be the 'Flying Classroom.'