The Future Farmers of America hosted a visit by the Georgia Farm Bureau’s AG Experience mobile classroom on Sept. 9-10 at the Fannin County AG Center. Kathy Beck, Feed Fannin’s vice-chair of Farm, Garden and Education, was invited by Fannin County High School FFA Advisor Rhonda Mathews to assist in the 36-foot STEM-based, interactive mobile classroom, which hosted third-grade students from all three local elementary schools.
The classroom showcases and promotes Georgia’s No. 1 commodity, agriculture, using interactive technology and digital learning to help students explore seven different Georgia agricultural products. The traveling classroom comes with iPads that simulate “agtivities” like growing a garden. It also includes virtual puzzles and trivia to encourage students’ interest in pursuing education in agriculture fields. Provided by the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (aka the Georgia Farm Bureau), the classroom has been touring the state since the beginning of 2021, and this is the first time it has traveled to Blue Ridge. “It is a great educational tool, and kids of all ages loved it,” Beck said.