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.
A trip to any mall will give you a look at thousands of items that weren’t created down the street. Many of them were imported from distant lands. And the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah … the fourth largest port in the country … is the point of entry for, quite literally, tons of them. The Georgia Ports Authority has a job for just about any interest. They’re governed by logistics and driven by technology—technology that you might be able to learn by … playing video games. You’ll want to see this.
Fast Forward travels to the west side of the state to clear up some misconceptions about modern factories. We visit KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point. This state-of-the-art facility rolls out one new car every minute, and we show the entire process—from steel coils all the way to the test track. And while we’re here, we learn who really runs the world (hint: it’s not the “cool kids”).
We go to McCaysville to meet a group a people who claim their jobs are “better than your vacation.” They’re river guides at Rolling Thunder River Company, a white water rafting company where the employees, surprisingly, still use math to do those jobs. They also use a host of certifications to ensure customer safety. Oh, and being an Eagle Scout doesn’t hurt either.