NSF's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program has grown and deepened its influence on postsecondary and secondary education during its first twenty years. The ATE@20 book and blog are intended to inform educators, college administrators, industry partners, students and parents about ATE's important work preparing technicians for employment in advanced technology fields, as well as improving the skills of educators who teach aspiring and incumbent technicians. Key audiences for the project also include elected officials, community college presidents, business and industry leaders, and ATE principal investigators.
Dissemination of the ATE@20 book, which is expected to have a five-year shelf life, will advance understanding of the importance of technicians to the vitality of high-tech industries that drive the economy. By highlighting the successful, innovative work of ATE centers and projects over the program's first 20 years, the book will encourage broader participation in the ATE program by academic institutions, educators, and industry partners.
In conjunction with the book, the ATE@20 blog provides original content for key audiences, using the Internet and social media to support the efforts of centers and projects to improve technician education and encourage participation in technical careers. Center and project PIs are encouraged to use the content from the blog on their own sites and as a jumping off point for blog posts, webinars, recruitment, and professional development activities.
Both the book and blog complement ATE Central's other activities to assist ATE PIs with their outreach to wider audiences, particularly student populations that are underrepresented in STEM fields. The combination of the print ATE@20 book and digital ATE@20 blog will maximize dissemination of ATE's successes to fit what the Pew Research Center calls the rapidly changing "media ecology."
ATE@20 is being created by a team of project partners lead by Internet Scout, a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under funding from the National Science Foundation via DUE award 0941067.
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