FUTURES was designed to motivate interest in mathematics by showing students that math is the language of the future–and a passport to creative and rewarding jobs in fields ranging from fashion and skateboard design to architecture and space exploration.
Each FUTURES episode combines scenes from Escalante’s classroom, on-site interviews with professionals and appearances by celebrities like Arnold Schwartzennegger, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Cameron, Cindy Crawford, Jimmy Smits and Jackie Joyner Kersee. FUTURES has received more than fifty awards, including the highest honor in the field of broadcasting, The George Foster Peabody Award.
Watch a preview of FUTURES with Jaime Escalante
FUTURES Design and Engineering Episodes:
Aircraft Design – There’s no question about it: human beings love to fly! And that urge has created thousands of career fields. From Paul MacCready’s pedal-powered ultralight, the Gossamer Condor, to AeroVironment’s re-creation of an ancient pterodactyl soaring above the Southern California desert, viewers learn that it takes math, science and technology to put man in flight. Also featured are aeronautics professionals at the California Institute of Technology. Classroom guest: Blue Angel Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran.
Putting Man in Space – In this award-winning program on space exploration, intertwined with dramatic scenes of astronauts weightless inside the Shuttle, “spacewalking”, and magnificent spacescapes, are interviews with professionals such as Jerry Borer, who monitors the Shuttle’s propulsion systems; Michael See, who supervisors the ship’s landing phase; flight controller Gloria Araiza, and robotics engineers Larry Li and Anne Murray. Classroom guest: Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar.
Automotive Design – Viewers learn that the Penske Racing Team includes 105 people, and a range of careers that few people know about. In rare footage from the General Motors Advanced Concepts Center, viewers watch a concept car taking form, from sketch to finished model. Designers agree that if you love cars, are willing to work hard, and like art and engineering, automotive design could be the field for you. Classroom guest: Indy 500 champion Danny Sullivan.
Architecture & Structural Engineering – Shapes. Once you start looking for them, they’re everywhere. It is the structural engineers, like those at the Cantor/Seinuk Group, who make an architect’s design come to life-and perhaps make it earthquake-proof as well, which is the challenge faced by students at Cooper Union School of Architecture. Dizzying visuals take viewers on a high-speed roller coaster ride at Six Flags, where they also meet the designers and engineers who plan and build these amazing structures. Classroom guest: Architect Frank Gehry.
Each episode can be purchased separately for $24.95