Pete Petoniak from WLUK was the emcee for Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Manufacturing Alliance’s 7th annual Get Real Math & Science Video Premiere at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay on October 4, 2022. This was the debut of the newest installment of the Alliance’s Get Real Math and Get Real Science videos. Ann Franz, executive director for the organization, stated, “The concept of the videos came from a math teacher participating in the Alliance’s K-12 task force.” Franz added, “She was looking for a tool to show students how the curriculum she was teaching is used in the real world.” In 2014, five videos were created to answer the questions students often ask, “When am I ever going to use this in the real world?” The free educational videos include a teacher lesson plan and spotlight real-world problems at manufacturing companies. To date, there have been over sixty Get Real Math! Videos created. In 2021, the organization debuted the first of six Get Real Science videos. Companies featured in this year’s videos are Alliance Laundry Systems, Georgia-Pacific, McCain Foods, and Sargento Foods. Unlike most movie premieres, it is not the stars of videos that are recognized, but rather the educators.

At the event, signage stating “Educators are the stars of our community” is displayed, and teachers walk down the red carpet to have their pictures taken. Numerous prizes are given, including $500 cash awards to math and science departments and a Miller Electric welding machine. This year’s winners are

Ashwaubenon High School – $500 for their Math department

Cedarburg High School – won the Miller Electric Fusion 160 welding machine

Chilton High School – won $500 for their Science department

Clintonville High School – won $500 for their Science department

Parkview Middle School – won $500 for their Science department

EMT International – won 2 videos to be produced in 2023

Additionally, the October 4, 2022 Premiere included a special gift for every tech ed teacher in attendance.

A special ‘tool box’ included safety glasses & gloves, measuring devices, hearing protection, calipers and other tools. It was a ‘thank you’ gift from the organization. Franz stated, “We are so grateful to tech ed teachers that inspire youth every day”. She added ‘This gift is a small way for our organization to express our thanks to these dedicated educators. Tech Ed teachers that attended the event received a Welcome Back to School Tool Kit.  Schools having at least one tech ed teacher at the event include:

Appleton – West High School

Appleton – Wilson Middle School

Ashwaubenon High School

Ashwaubenon Parkview Middle School

Cedarburg High School

Clintonville High School

Crivitz Unified School District

Denmark High School

De Pere High School

Florence High School

Green Bay – Preble High School

Little Chute High School

N.E.W. Lutheran High School

North Fond du Lac High School

Oshkosh High School

Sheboygan – Horace Mann Middle School

Sheboygan – Central High School

Shiocton School District

Southern Door School District

Sturgeon Bay – T.J. Walker Middle School

Two Rivers – L.B. Clarke Middle School

Two Rivers High School

Winneconne High School

Wittenberg Birnamwood High School

To see the Get Real Math & Science Videos, go to