Get Real Math! Videos

The Get Real Math videos showcase over 80 common core skills used in the real world. The videos, produced at manufacturing companies, serve as a capstone after a skill is learned in school. Math skills featured are 3rd grade through high school. The lesson plans are created by math teachers.

Category: B5

• What does a tank reducer have to do with math?
In this video, a part needs to be welded onto an exterior part of a tank reducer. Exactly where the part is to be attached needs to be determined first, based on a blueprint. In this activity, students need to determine the correct length from the top of the tank to place the object.

• What does a huddle have to do with math?
Manufacturers want to make sure they can make quality products while still being cost efficient. Sometimes companies must make decisions to determine what machines they will run to ensure they meet their weekly production goals. Companies must consider the production output of their machines, the staff they have available to run those machines, the additional factors that go into running a second shift, the differential in pay for the workers on the second shift, and the additional pay costs associated with overtime. Decisions must be made to determine the most cost-effective method to meet the production goals for their orders. How do companies figure out what machines to run to meet their production goals?

• What do medical towels have to do with math?
Manufacturers often need to calculate a measure of center to find a value that best represents the amount of production of their manufactured products. This value assists manufacturers in creating a production standard for the materials they are producing. A production standard is a benchmark used for measuring the production of the company. The unit of measurement used in a production standard indicates the normal level of performance for an industrial operation and is expressed as units per hour or units per day. Companies use the Mean Absolute Deviation to assist in calculating an accurate measure of center with upper and lower thresholds. These thresholds allow manufacturers to consider modern production variations. By using MAD to calculate the thresholds, manufacturers offer a method to take the causes of different fluctuations in their hourly or daily production standards into account. This video and lesson show how companies calculate production standards and how they use measures of center and variation to create those standards.