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 Life Sciences, Sports and Fitness Episodes:
Sports Performance – Whether it’s football, basketball, hockey, skiing, baseball, gymnastics or snowboarding, amateur and professional athletes depend on a host of behind-the-scenes professionals. On-the-job interviews include product developer Tim Piumarta at Santa Cruz Skateboards, a helmet designer at Giro Sports Designs, and a senior designer at Nike sports performance products. Classroom guests: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bob Kersee.
Fitness and Physical Performance – For every world-class athlete or dancer, there is a team of doctors, trainers, physical therapists and nutritionists who make sure he or she is in top shape. Go behind the scenes at the L.A. Lakers, where Gary Vitti, Lakers’ trainer, and the staff of technicians, nutritionists and physical therapists discuss their work. Viewers also meet dietitian Evelyn Tribole, who works with actors at Columbia Pictures, and physical therapists at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. Also featured are prostheticians who describe how artificial limbs allow amputees to play baseball, climb mountains, swim, and even run marathons. Classroom guest: basketball player Michael Cooper.
Agriculture – How do you feed the world with more and more people and less and less farmland? Experts in aquaculture, aeroponics, hydroponics and other exciting agricultural developments take viewers inside their experimental fields and greenhouses. If Arthur Galston of Yale University has his way, crops will be growing on Mars, helping create an atmosphere that could support human life. Locations include Tejon Farms, NASA/Ames Research and the Bodega Marine Laboratory. Classroom guest: Jimmy Smits.
Animal Care – Cheetahs slink around a field biologist as she makes entries about their behavior on her laptop computer. A technician feeds a “milkshake” made of herring fillets and cream to a baby penguin. A wildlife biologist releases a giant condor from a mountaintop. A veterinarian clips an elephant’s toenails. An equine technician hooks up sensors to a racehorse to monitor its heartbeat as it runs on a treadmill. From zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centers to horse farms, and veterinary hospitals, viewers get an inside look into the careers of animal care. Classroom guest: Muttley the dog.
Each episode can be purchased separately for $24.95