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Linking Learning to Life

We are a hub for innovation. We connect education, industry, and diverse communities to problem solve for the future of work and inspire life-long learning.


Student Experiences

We offer a variety of engaging student programs, providing opportunities for real-world application of skills and knowledge. We can work with you to develop innovative and tailored design challenges and programming for applied learning.

Professional Learning Experiences

We collaborate with educators, administrators, and industry leaders to co-create innovative strategies designed to give real meaning to educational content.


We evaluate your programs to measure impact and outcomes, all in an effortto help you stay on track and to meet your program goals.


PAST offers a variety of services for Educators, Students, and the Community!


Join us on the journey as we help you link learning to life!

Twenty years ago, two anthropologists, a documentary filmmaker, a graphic designer, and a historian, along with an international team of research scientists, launched the PAST Foundation.


By Partnering Anthropology with Science and Technology, we invite the world to design, construct, and engage in experiences that link learning to life. To date, over 2.75 Million students and more than 22,000 educators have participated in 596 programs at over 120 locations. We have worked and collaborated with well over 500 business and industry partners and 1,000 school districts have all been influenced by our work and yet, with all we’ve accomplished, we feel there is so much more to do.


Today, more than ever before, real-world learning impacts every aspect of our planet. We offer free webinars, innovative and culturally relevant programs for students, educators, and communities, in addition to program evaluation. PAST programs are founded on years of research and iterative design. We’re excited for what the next twenty years will bring. Join us on the journey as we help you link learning to life!

What’s New at PAST

Inspirational stories of school districts and teachers exploring new and exciting approaches to learning.

We “bridge” students from traditional, lecture-based learning methods to transdisciplinary, problem-based learning methods.


We believe offering resources is important to our mission of transforming education and Linking Learning to Life!


Meet The PAST Tribe!