Future 50: Annalies Corbin, PAST Foundation

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2020 Future 50 class member Annalies Corbin.

Future 50 Class of 2020

Annalies Corbin

Founder, president and CEO, PAST Foundation

About: Annalies Corbin is a champion for STEM and STEAM education through the nonprofit she launched in 2000, the PAST Foundation. With a background in anthropology and nautical archaeology, her mission is to “change the landscape of teaching, learning and the future of work.” The Rockport, Texas, native has spent the past two decades building partnerships with state and local governments, K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions and businesses to create innovative educational programs including Maker Manias, rural educational models and design challenges. The idea is that removing stressful components of traditional learning environments—worksheets and textbooks, for example—can foster a love of learning among students who find great fulfillment in problem-solving and participating in the creative process.

Outside work: Corbin is a member of the Ohio Department of Education’s STEM working group, board member for the Ohio Farm Bureau, adjunct associate professor of anthropology at Ohio State University and former assistant professor of nautical archaeology at East Carolina University. She frequently testifies on STEM education issues at the local, state and national levels.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs was six times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs. Informal programming and cutting-edge technologies are a critical means of help for teachers to strengthen their curriculum. This is vital, as currently one-third of all U.S. students who intend to pursue engineering change their major before graduating, and the proportion of American STEM students is already lower than that of our international peers.”

Corbin’s idea: “The global educational system has become irrelevant and obsolete for today’s educational landscape. We need to reimagine, rethink and redesign our educational models so they meet the needs of students now. My call to action is that Columbus take on this challenge—recognize that the system is ready for massive redesign. Let’s do something meaningful for the next generation of CBUS!”

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