PAST Foundation Partners with Small Steps Are Giant Leaps

June 7, 2017

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May 18, 2017
Columbus, OH

PAST Foundation is pleased to announce our newest partnership with Aaron Sheldon’s “Small Steps Are Giant Leaps.” SSAGL is about viewing the world through the eyes of a child. “By using Aaron’s proven platform, we see many natural connections to help share the incredible life stories of students and adults that chose to view the world in a curious and exploratory way,” said Annalies Corbin, President & CEO of The PAST Foundation. “Capturing these discoveries through impactful photography, Aaron documents these beautiful stories visually for all to experience.”

For over 17 years, the PAST Foundation has been Partnering Anthropology with Science & Technology to solve real life problems seeking partnerships and programs that support our work. As a program of PAST, “Small Steps Are Giant Leaps” will help further our mission of connecting learning to real world experiences. SSAGL seeks to inspire and encourage children to explore, imagine and dream.

Photographer Aaron Sheldon first envisioned SSAGL as project to capture his son, Harrison’s view of the world through photography. Aaron’s hope was to remind parents that a child’s world is a series of new experiences and frontiers to be explored. The idea came from a ride on the bus when Aaron noticed that Harrison was completely transfixed by the event – a normal everyday event. But not to Harrison. It was a unique and unchartered experience, one that Aaron realized made Harrison an explorer.

“This project started as a way for me to spend time with my son, but very quickly it ballooned into something much bigger,” said Aaron Sheldon. “Creating a book, exhibiting locally (Wild Goose Creative) and national gallery shows (currently underway in DC and in NYC next month), trips to Washington DC and Kennedy Space Center to collaborate with companies like Orbital ATK, NASA Goddard, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex, it is all quite amazing!” Aaron has also enjoyed media coverage by CNN, TIME, USA Today, Florida Today, The Columbus Dispatch, WCMH (NBC4) as well as features in O (Oprah’s Magazine), Digital Camera Magazine, Vanity Fair Italy and many, many blogs.

After this incredible experience, Aaron wondered what was next. Referred to PAST by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, he wanted to continue to tell similar stories of other organizations whose mission of igniting curiosity and exploring the world in an innocent and passionate way is central to their culture. Is it the process itself or is it the time spent with parent and child? You cannot be certain, but one thing is for sure, this program will have lasting effects for years to come. PAST is thrilled to be involved with the next chapter of Astronaut Harrison!

About PAST Foundation

For over 17 years, PAST, a non-profit foundation, has been a leader in designing STEM education across the nation, bringing transdisciplinary problem-based learning to educators and experiential programs to students. Most notably, PAST was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its Excellence in Innovation in the STEM 2026 vision report. PAST was the only educational entity in Ohio to be included in this publication. Here is the link to the full report:

Other accomplishments include being recognized in 2014, by CGI America and former President Bill Clinton for their outstanding work, and again in 2015 for their achievements in improving education in rural America. Also in 2015, the PAST Innovation Lab was recognized by the White House Summit on High School Design.

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