past student experiences program reports

Students Build Bridges for Future Learning

PAST Student Programs bring a different experience to students and teachers. Through PAST Student Experiences learning, we “bridge” students from traditional, lecture-based learning methods to transdisciplinary, problem-based learning methods.

PAST produces and annual publication showcasing that year’s Student STEM Programming. We encourage you to read or download these reports – you will be amazed by what these students have achieved!

2021 Student Experiences

Our Most Successful Summer Ever!

2021 was our banner year! We exceeded our own expectations by reaching 2,182 students in 40 PASTled programs and 12 PAST-designed programs at 21 locations, impacting 32 school districts and connecting with 25 business and industry partners.


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Summer 2021 Stats

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2020 Bridge Programs

The Pivot to Online

During 2020 COVID19 lockdown PAST and the Student Experience team pivoted to all online programming using zoom and curated videos detailing our unique TPBL design challenges which we called STEM Streaming.

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2019 Bridge Programs

More Sites! Much More STEM!

In 2019 PAST continued its trajectory of offering the most diverse camps and experiences in Central Ohio and abroad as well as for the first time, a Workforce Development track to empower young adults with STEM skills and opportunities to find their way in the world!

Learn more about the 40 camps offered throughout 2019, our Workforce Pilot, and our after school efforts as well!

  • ○ PAST innovation Lab: 22 Programs
  • ○ KIPP: Columbus: 6 Programs
  • ○ I Know I Can: 8 Programs
  • ○ Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute
  • ○ Culinary Arts Summer Institute
  • ○ US Virgin Island Ecological Camp

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2018 Bridge Programs

Expanding Our Camps!

PAST Bridge Programs decided in 2018 to expand our experience to students and teachers in 2018. Working at multiple sites throughout central Ohio and at PAST Innovation Lab using our trusted transdisciplinary, problem-based learning methods.

PAST produced 28 camps with seven partners for our 2018 Camp & Bridge Programs. We encourage you to read or download these reports – you will be amazed by what these students have achieved!

  • ○ PAST Innovation Lab: 15 Programs
  • ○ I Know I Can: 12 Programs
  • ○ KIPP: Columbus: 4 Programs
  • ○ Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute
  • ○ Culinary Arts Summer Institute
  • ○ US Virgin Islands Ecological Diversity Camp
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2017 Bridge Programs

Amplifying Our Impact!

PAST Bridge Programs bring a different experience to students and teachers. Through PAST Bridge Programs learning, we “bridge” students from traditional, lecture-based learning methods to transdisciplinary, problem-based learning methods.

PAST produces and annual publication showcasing that year’s Camp & Bridge Programs. We encourage you to read or download these reports – you will be amazed by what these students have achieved!

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2016 Bridge Programs

“The PAST team continually re-examines its programs to improve their scalability, sustainability,and transferability.
The Hocking College Ecolab program is an excellent example of an ever-evolving program. This year the program offered students the opportunity to conduct fieldwork on endangered species, and then create a website to display their evidence of learning. Generally, Bridge Programs operate on the small-footprint big-impact theory.However, this program needed to be reinvented in order to involve a large community of
students.”
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2015 Bridge Programs

“The PAST team continually re-examines its programs to improve their scalability, sustainability,and transferability.
This year PAST Foundation’s Bridge Programs is 15 years old! That’s 15 years of high quality, hands-on, engaging programming for students and adults.
This year Bridge Programs expanded its successful collaboration with Shadowbox Live with STEM Rocks the Box and introduced fun and innovative new programming such as Robotics, Minecraft mathematics and STEM of Tai Chi.
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2014 Bridge Programs

“The PAST team continually re-examines its programs to improve their scalability, sustainability,and transferability.
Forensics in the Classroom, in its fifth year, is an excellent example of an ever-evolving program. This year the program required retooling in terms of scale, program topic,and transferability. Generally, Bridge Programs operate on the small-footprint big-impact theory.However, this program needed to be reinvented in order to involve a large community of
students.”
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2013 Bridge Programs

“Experiences are the foundation of the PAST Summer Bridge Programs; holistic learning environments that immerse students in real-world problems with authentic partners and audiences. Every program requires energy, collaboration, and commitment from students, staff and teachers. In return, the programs provide incredibly rewarding experiences that possess impactful learning.”

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2012 Bridge Programs

“At every level, The PAST Design Team instills each program with four vital components: Real Issues, Real Partnerships, a Transdisciplinary Approach, and Presentations of Learning. PAST measures its success in its ability to meet these ideals, an students enthusiastically recommend PAST programs because of their moving experiences and lasting memories.”

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2011 Bridge Programs

“PAST Summer Bridge Programs vary in intensity and content depth, depending on the age and experience of the students. Level I targets students transitioning to problem-based environment, LevelII  is for students who excel at applied learning, Level III provides advanced stdent leadership opportunities, and Collegiate Level programs serve motivated adult students with intense, content-rich experiences.”

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2010 Bridge Programs

“The PAST team continually re-examines its programs to improve their scalability, sustainability,and transferability.
Forensics in the Classroom, in its fifth year, is an excellent example of an ever-evolving program. This year the program required retooling in terms of scale, program topic,and transferability. Generally, Bridge Programs operate on the small-footprint big-impact theory.However, this program needed to be reinvented in order to involve a large community of
students.”
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