Welcome to the ATE Central Connection! Published the first Monday of each month, the ATE Central Connection is meant to disseminate information to and about ATE centers and projects, providing you with up-to-date ATE news, events, reminders, as well as highlighting new centers, projects, and resources. In addition, we will also highlight an educational topic with complementary resources found within ATE Central to help illustrate how ATE resources can be used in the classroom.

We want the ATE Central Connection to be a valuable tool; please e-mail with any suggestions about how to make the ATE Central Connection more useful for you or to suggest any information you would like to see in an upcoming issue.

Upcoming Events

January 20 Webinar: Evaluation Tools Online
January 23-28 SPIE Photonics West 2010 San Francisco, CA
January 25-27 Careers Conference 2010 Madison, WI
February 3-5 2010 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) Palm Springs, CA
February 4-5 Evalu-ate Workshop: Professional Development Impact Evaluation Tempe, AZ
February 8-10 Virtual Enterprise Biotech and IT Faculty Development Seminar Brooklyn, NY
February 12 NetWorks Webinar: Evaluating Student Impact Online
February 13-17 American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Winter Meeting Washington DC
February 24-25 Writing in the Regulated Environment When English Is Your Second Language Malvern, PA
March 7-10 The National Educators Workshop: Bringing Life to Good Ideas Greensboro, NC
March 12 NetWorks Webinar: Industry Expectations of Graduates Online
March 21-25 OFC/NFOEC San Diego, CA
March 24-26 ASEE-Gulf Southwest Conference Lake Charles, LA
March 28-31 Innovations 2010 Conference Baltimore, MD

For more events please visit the ATE Central Events page or if you have any upcoming events that you would like posted on ATE Central or in the ATE Central Connection please send them to

Featured ATE Project

BETSI: Biotechnology Education and Training Sequence Investment

Biotechnology Education and Training Sequence Investment (BETSI) is a NSF (National Science Foundation) - ATE (Advanced Technological Education) funded project which is designed to educate students from three area high schools in biotechnology and recruit them into the Southwestern Biotechnology Program. At Southwestern College, biotech students have the choice of three tracks: certificate, associate degree, or transfer track. Through summer workshops, high school biology teachers and selected students will work through new curriculum designed for high school science courses, practice strategies and use new equipment. The website includes an about section to learn more about the project, pdf procedures and powerpoint lectures for each day of the summer workshops, classroom activities including lab procedures, lab results, and lab videos, and more information on faculty members involved.

Featured ATE Resources

Here is a small sample of the valuable resources in ATE Central that focus on Engineering:

From the Engineering Technology Pathways:

Design for the Engineering Classroom Materials: Unit One

These classroom materials for high school students, developed by the Engineering Technology Pathways, integrate critical math, science, and technology knowledge into lessons which ask students to plan, design, test, revise, and implement engineering activities. This first unit (of eight total) gives students introductory material on the history of engineering, the benefits of an engineering career, and different engineering branches. There are PowerPoint presentations, PDF overviews, and student activities in .doc format.  Three outlines for teaching the unit are also available for download.

Rube Goldberg Activity: Hole in One

This engineering design activity, created by Brian Vance and published by the Engineering Technology Pathways project, asks students to design a device to hit a golf ball three feet using only a rubber band as the trigger and no more than $3 worth of other materials. Students can be no closer than a foot to the device when activating it, and the golf ball must put out a candle, set off a mousetrap, and end up in a paper cup. Instructions for the activity are given here, and a rubric for evaluation is provided here as well. This is a helpful lesson to give students hands-on experience in engineering design.

From Evergreen Valley College:

A Model Curriculum for Civil Engineering Technology

This project, a project of NSF's Advanced Technological Education program, has developed a civil engineering technology/surveying curriculum for two-year colleges based on an industry survey and review of CET programs around the country.  The curriculum integrates new technologies such as GIS, GPS, CADD and computer-aided problem solving into the curriculum. The project is involved in teaching material development, dissemination, and implementation.  On the site, visitors will find curriculum documents which include information on developing new course materials, GPS Multimedia Courseware for those using Windows operating systems, as well as information about the project, its partners and sponsors.

For more ATE Engineering resources please visit:

News & Reminders

ATE Central Recieves Further Funding from NSF

We are extremely pleased to announce that ATE Central has been awarded a second grant from the National Science Foundation which expands the scope of the project and will allow us to continue supporting the ATE community for the next four years. We look forward to working with all our partners within ATE as well as WGBH Boston and others as ATE Central moves forward into this second phase! For more information please e-mail Rachael Bower (

Can CWIS Software Help Support Your Project Goals?

CWIS is open source software, created with NSF funding, that can help your project or center showcase resources online. It's free and very easy to use -- click here to check out a few of the sites running CWIS. We'd be happy to provide you with more information about CWIS and give you a quick tour of its features -- please e-mail Edward Almasy ( to get started!

Find Out More About ATE Central

For information about ATE Central and how your project or center can take part and benefit from ATE Central's portal and services you may want to download the ATE Central Handbook at