We teach design methods to improve the long-term health and well-being of developing countries.
Future Scientist envisions communities with the capacity to solve their own problems. We believe that design engineering methods are catalysts for positive change by providing a structured process to identify and develop robust solutions. We see practical hands-on teaching of the design process, combined with concepts from science, health, and engineering, as key for empowering communities to overcome obstacles in development.
About Future Scientist
We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization started in 2009 by UC Berkeley and UCSF students with the goal of improving the world through science education. Our approach is based on teaching design methods and hands-on science lessons (health, engineering, agriculture, ecology, etc...) to teach resource-poor communities how to identify and sustainably solve their own problems.
We began with two pilot trips that validated our approach and identified many existing needs in the Peruvian Amazon that are common to much of Latin America and addressable through education. We offer an intensive Program in Sustainable Design for medical, graduate and undergraduate students and others to put their skills to use and help struggling communities in rural Panama. We are also involved in engineering and education consulting for various nonprofit organizations and efforts.