Educational Institutions

P A S T Foundation

  • Columbus, OH
  • pastfoundation.org

Mission Statement

Mission: By Partnering Anthropology with Science and Technology, we invite the world to design, construct, and engage in experiences that link learning to life.
Vision: PAST Anthropologists are changing the world of education to encompass transdisciplinary teaching and  learning.

Main Programs

  1. STEM Transformation in an Urban District
  2. Central Ohio Robotics Initiative (CORI)
  3. Student Bridge Programs
  4. Girls Empowerment Murals (GEM)
  5. Spring Fling Design Challenge
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

PAST works throughout the US.  Most recently our clients have included schools, organizations, and institutions in Ohio, North Carolina, New York, California, Texas, and South Dakota.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer

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Dr. Annalies Corbin

Keywords

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STEM education, bridge program, school design, professional development, design challenge

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Also Known As

PAST

EIN

31-1694479

Physical Address

1003 Kinnear Rd.

Columbus, OH 43212

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

STEM Transformation in an Urban District

The PAST Foundation and Columbus City Schools (CCS) have initiated a teaching and learning transformation to transdisciplinary, problem-based STEM education program to revitalize struggling schools and the communities that surround them.

Community schools are viewed as the best pathway for both community and student success toward career and college readiness. To create community schools, CCS and PAST identified school feeder systems that form the most probable path for pre-k through graduation. Once feeder systems were defined, we started the STEM transformation process in two systems, the Linden McKinley (LMSA) and the West High School (WHS) feeder schools.

In the 2012-13 academic year, the West feeder system of schools expanded to add seven elementary schools. The PAST-CCS partnership has also added a third feeder system of schools--the Africentric Schools--to the STEM transformation process.

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Professional Development & Training

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Program 2

Central Ohio Robotics Initiative (CORI)

CORI is a business- and education-based collaborative that works with youth in central Ohio to cost-effectively amplify and spread competitive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

Robotics and STEM programs have proven to increase the number of students seeking and graduating from college STEM programs. To date, CORI has hosted four off-season events that are replicas of the FIRST Robotics competitions. CORI has helped start and mentor at least nine new teams, more than doubling the number of teams in central Ohio over the last three years. In spring 2012, the Central Ohio Robotics Initiative (CORI) became a program of the PAST Foundation. Expanding over the last three years, CORI was looking for a new home, and the goals of both PAST and CORI were complementary and synergistic.

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Education & Technology

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 3

Student Bridge Programs

Twelve years of summer programs have taught The PAST Foundation design team that students excel academically when challenged outside of the classroom. Immersive personal challenges--like jumping into the ocean, living with strangers in crowded quarters, and investigating simulated dead bodies--encourage intellectual growth. When focusing on both life skills and academic rigor, program directors observe an increase in student engagement and retention.

Since inception, PAST has organized a number of programs. Our most recent successes include entomology, forensics in the classroom, garbology, and growing America. PAST has partnered with OSU to conduct collegiate-level bridge programs, such as forensic anthropology and material science. We also partner with the Kelleys Island Local School District to create a field station, and we have introduced a new program--Limnology and Oceanography of Lake Erie.

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Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 4

Girls Empowerment Murals (GEM)

The Girls Empowerment Mural (GEM) project is funded through a grant provided by The Women's Fund of Central Ohio.

The GEM program began with educators, community members, and female students brainstorming together about how to empower young women in the Linden community. The goals of the program are to change the perception of girls' roles in the community, redefine their place in Linden, and provide a unifying voice that enables young women to be agents of change. The program opens possibilities for young women looking to engage in, and take ownership of, meaningful work.

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Leadership Development Programs

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

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Program 5

Spring Fling Design Challenge

Spring Fling is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-centered challenge and competition for students of all ages. It encourages students to utilize a systems and design approach, model critical thinking skills, engage in applied learning, and collaborate with one another. Spring Fling activities promote transdisciplinary, problem-based learning by pivoting on renaissance-era activities, engaging students in science, math, engineering, language arts, and fine arts.

This year, high school participants have designed and built trebuchets, grades 5-8 built catapults, and second and fourth grade students built mini-catapults. Along with this classroom-built machinery, students had an opportunity to design heraldic banners and modernize a scene from a famous Shakespeare play.

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Educational Programs

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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

PAST works throughout the US.  Most recently our clients have included schools, organizations, and institutions in Ohio, North Carolina, New York, California, Texas, and South Dakota.

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PAST FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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P A S T Foundation

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Principal Officer

Dr. Annalies Corbin

BIO

Dr. Annalies Corbin is the Founder and President & CEO of the PAST Foundation.2000-2006 Annalies concurrently oversaw the PAST Foundation and taught at East Carolina University's Program in Maritime Studies. In 2005 when PAST opened its headquarters in Columbus, OH, Annalies turned all efforts to building the Foundation, assembling the team that could grow the reach and mission. From a single school partnership in 2006, Annalies has grown PAST's partnerships across the nation building a reputation for both transforming educational delivery and understanding emerging 21st century education.
Annalies received her baccalaureate and master degrees in Anthropology and Maritime Archaeology from the Universities of South Dakota and East Carolina. The University of Idaho awarded her a doctorate in Anthropology and History.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"PAST is an organization dedicated to making education better by promoting transdisciplinary, problem-based STEM learning. The challenge, though, is that "better" is different for everyone. We see this challenge as an opportunity. PAST approaches educational improvement from an anthropological perspective. That is, PAST brings a uniquely powerful tool to system design: anthropology. Collectively, PAST anthropologists have over a hundred years studying a complex structure of societies and their  interactions, and use this expertise to understand our partners' needs. The combination of anthropology and STEM is a powerful one. PAST has guided entire feeder systems in their transitions to STEM learning to see remarkable improvement in a few short years. PAST has partnered with educational organizations and communities around the country, and has helped them streamline their processes to reach more students with fewer resources."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Sandra Stroot

The Ohio State University

Term: June 2009 - Dec 2013

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