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Manufacturing companies roll out the red carpet for math and technology teachers

Manufacturing companies roll out the red carpet for math and technology teachers. (WLUK/ Courtney Ryan)

It's wasn't your typical Hollywood style premiere.

On Tuesday, the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance celebrated math, and technology teachers at the second annual "Get Real Math" video premiere.

“We will not continue to have great manufacturing in Wisconsin, in this part of Wisconsin, unless our students learn a lot of the basics and math is one of them,” said Bill Bartnik, the Chairperson for the NEW Manufacturing Alliance.

The “Get Real Math” event showcases videos made by manufacturing companies that are intended to be played in the classroom.

“In one of our K-12 task force meetings about three years ago a teacher, Marie Kubicek from the Green Bay School system, just asked if there was anything we could do that would help teachers answer the question in the math classes of "When am I ever going to use this?" and so we answered that challenge by putting together these videos,” said Andy Bushmaker, the Chairperson of the K-12 task force.

Georgia-Pacific is one company that made a video this year.

“We’re really pleased to be able to contribute and participate in these math videos and show some real world examples of how math is used in our operations,” explained Mike Kawleski, the public affairs manager at Georgia-Pacific.

Kawleski added that company's employees use math all the time.

"It could be formulating the different formulas of paper that is neat so it has different characteristics of softness and brightness and those types of things. It could be an engineering equipment that we need in our operations.”

Educators say no matter where students are headed in the future, the videos show them how critical understanding math is.

“Whether the it's going to a two-year college, a four-year college, apprenticeship, world of work, these videos are applicable to all of those,” said Lori Peacock, the director of college, career and community readiness at the Green Bay Area Public School District.

"We're not just showing the students videos, we have curriculum and labs that proceed the videos and they get a chance engage in that kind of learning after they watch a video like that,” said Tom Barnhart, a technology and engineering teacher at Ashwaubenon High School, “I think it really comes full circle and they really make a connection with what they need to learn."

FOX 11’s Pete Petoniak emceed the event for the second year in a row.

For more information on the videos click here.

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