Did you know that Georgia Aquarium's habitats hold over ten million gallons of water and more than 100,000 animals?! Have you ever wondered what all of those animals eat or what it takes to keep those habitats clean? Here’s another fun fact: one-third of the United States is forested. That’s 766 million acres, or 20% more trees than we had in 1970! How do you think companies like Georgia-Pacific and their 35,000 employees from all over the world balance the needs of their customers – lumber for homes and schools, paper for books, boxes, tissues and towels – with the protection of endangered forests and conservation of forest diversity? What kinds of careers exist at institutions like this, and what skills do you need to get those jobs?
In response to these types of questions, Georgia Aquarium and Georgia-Pacific are partnering together on an exciting new video series called STEAM Forward! This free educational resource designed for middle school students highlights the variety of STEAM career pathways that exist within our organizations by peeling back the layers of our operations and meeting the experts behind the scenes. The STEAM Forward series directly responds to one of the most important questions a student can ask: Why am I learning this? The series and corresponding curricular materials are designed to increase proficiency in STEAM subjects by reinforcing the content being learned in the classroom, and to inspire students to study STEAM subjects in school and pursue careers in STEAM fields.
Please access each episode on the left of the screen. We encourage you to use this resource as a learning tool and then give your feedback here so that we may continue to refine our materials.
Remember – the wonders of STEAM are all around you. Until then, stay curious!