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how we began

In 2000, an international group of anthropologists, field and research scientists, museum curators and educators asked the question: how can we connect real world scientific research with classrooms and the public? Dr. Annalies Corbin founded the PAST Foundation as the answer to the question. PAST helps schools and districts develop transformative learning strategies. PAST’s intensive hands-on approach with administrators and teachers is intensive. It’s not always easy but it is rewarding.

How We Link Learning to Life?

PAST Innovation Lab is committed to improving education by promoting transdiciplinary problem-based learning (TPBL). Sounds exciting. Linking Learning to Life is a real challenge: the PAST plan to improve how we educate our communities is different for every teacher and every classroom. Teachers make the difference. We embrace this challenge, and work everyday to make a difference in the lives of teachers and students.



Anthropology + STEM = TPBL

PAST faculty are anthropologists, researchers and educators. We believe understanding complex societies – like schools and communities – drive improvements in education. Our work in school design and consultation guides schools as they transition to transdisciplinary problem-based STEM learning. Teacher engagement, student learning and community involvement in these schools is remarkable. (Data supplied by schools backs this up; we hope you take the time to review it.)

With our community partners, school administrators and teachers PAST reaches thousands of students and educators who embrace TPBL. It’s the blend of culture and education TPBL really is Anthropology + STEM!


Where We Are

After 16 years of transforming education through our unique approach of Anthropology + STEM promoting TPBL, PAST launched PAST Innovation Lab. Connecting directly with teachers through online professional development courses, a MAEd program and on-site workshops allows us to impact more classrooms and expand learning opportunities for teachers and students everywhere.

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