Georgia Public Broadcasting Puts STEAM Learning on Fast Forward

October 3, 2018

Fast Forward

Georgia Public Broadcasting's Fast Forward visits Georgia employers such as CSX REDI (Railroad Education and Development Institute) Center to show math, science, engineering, art and technology concepts at work.   

For middle and high school students who don’t see how their schoolwork relates to future careers, a Georgia Public Broadcasting web series goes to workplaces across the state, from The Weather Channel in Atlanta to Skidway Island State Park outside Savannah, to make the connection.

Fast Forward, an original digital series of 32 videos available on GPB’s website, YouTube and PBS LearningMedia, shows what employees do in workplaces across the state and how STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, art and math – concepts apply to their work. Segments include:

  • Newton’s Second Law of Motion at Atlanta Motorsports Park
  • Hydraulics at Rolling Thunder River Company white water rafting company in McCaysville  
  • Freezing point depression at King of Pops popsicle company in Atlanta
  • Centripetal force at Georgia Olive Farms in Lakeland
  • Transfer of energy at the Kia Motors plant in West Point 
A Fast Forward visit to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport includes a "Teachable Moment" on how RADAR works.

“The goal of the series is twofold, to show how Georgia companies use science, technology, engineering and math to solve problems, and to show the wide range of companies and careers available in Georgia,” said Laura Evans, GPB Director of Education. Workplaces of all sizes and types are featured, from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the state’s largest employer with 58,000 employees, to Skidway Island State Park, with just 12.

Each 6-7-minute video includes a variety of employees describing what they do on the job and offers at least one “Teachable Moment” explaining a specific STEAM concept, correlated to Georgia curriculum standards.

Originally produced in 2012, Fast Forward recently got a website reboot, making it easier to access videos and supplemental classroom resources. With more than 600,000 views online, Fast Forward remains one of the most popular series in GPB’s extensive collection of digital educational assets. Other free educational materials include digital textbooks, virtual field trips and science teaching units.  GPB, a state agency connected with the Georgia Department of Education, also showcases the videos in its free professional development programs for teachers.

Fast Forward was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, with additional financial support from the Wells Fargo Foundation. With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, GPB offers a suite of multimedia educational content to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of audiences of all ages. Programming includes the PBS KIDS 24/7channel, statewide radio news, current affairs, and high school sports, as well as educational resources for teachers and students.

This spotlight is part of a new CPB series, “Work Wednesdays,” featuring public media stations’ local content and community engagement initiatives focused on high-demand career paths and the skills needed for the workforce of today and tomorrow.