The Fast Forward project consists of 16 video segments that present Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (also known as the STEM curriculum) concepts in a fun, entertaining and informative way by demonstrating how employees in businesses and organizations across the state are applying the topic matter in their jobs.
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Because this northwest region of Georgia is characterized by sedimentary rock, such as limestone and ironstone, coal mining was historically important to the area. Today, the major industries of the Appalachian and Valley & Ridge regions include textile manufacturing and tourism.
Home to Georgia’s highest peaks and the source for several rivers—including the Savannah and Chattahoochee—the Blue Ridge region is considered Georgia’s most visually stunning. Because of its natural beauty, outdoor recreation and tourism are the dominant industries in the Blue Ridge. Farmland, however, is scarce due to the region’s high amounts of rainfall and mountainous terrain.
Encompassing Atlanta, Columbus, Athens, Macon, and other urban centers, the Piedmont is the most populous and second largest geographic region in Georgia. With several Fortune 500 companies based in the Piedmont—such as The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines, and The Home Depot—manufacturing and technology are of primary commercial importance.. Due to its rich soil, agriculture is a significant enterprise in the more rural areas of the region.
Covering approximately 60 percent of the state, the Coastal Plain is the largest region in Georgia. The inner coastal plain supports most of the agricultural production in the state; peanuts, peaches, and Vidalia onions are grown here. The outer coastal plain is dominated by pine forests and is home to Savannah and the Okefenokee Swamp. Because the outer coastal plain includes Georgia's connection to the Atlantic Ocean, economic activities include tourism, shipping and logistics, and seafood production.
If you’ve got an idea for the next great flavor of Coca-Cola but don’t know what to do with it, we’ve got you covered. We visit the world headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company in downtown Atlanta and talk with a few of their nearly 100,000 employees about what it takes to be one of the most recognized brands on the planet. As it turns out, those high school chemistry classes might come in handy.
We travel to Pine Mountain to spin the Fast Forward “Wheel of Information,” where we get all the news on Callaway Gardens and how it came to be. Thanks to the experts, including the manager of the Day Butterfly Center, we get a peek into the fields of zoology and entomology and learn more about butterflies than we ever thought possible. Please take our word for it. Some of it is frass-related. We warned you!
Anyone watching the news knows healthcare is an ever-growing industry. So we head down to Macon to visit one of the area’s largest employers: Coliseum Health System, where we learn that you don’t have to be a doctor to be one of their 1,300+ employees! In fact, sometimes a high school education and a certificate or two are all you need to find a great job. On a different "note," we have a sing-along, hear an extremely moving story, and enjoy one of our weirdest Teachable Moments ever!