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.

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Upcoming Events

July 11-15 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 Washington, DC
July 11-16 Building Learning Communities Boston, MA
July 11-16 Engineering Challenge for the 21st Century New London, CT
July 12-14 Introduction to Flash Fall River, MA
July 12-15 BIOMAN 2010 Bloomington, IN
July 12-16 Teaching Interactive Multimedia with Adobe CS5 Boston, MA
July 12-16 Working Connections 2010 Frisco, TX
July 12-16 Network Penetration Testing for Teachers Madison, WI
July 12-16 PCC 2010 Summer Sustainability Institute Portland, OR
July 13 Nuclear Engineering Technology Open House Prince Frederick, MD
July 13-15 Cisco Networking Academy CCNA Network Security Jackson, TN
July 15 Introduction to Wordpress, Part II Fall River, MA
July 16 (Webinar) Adapting GIS to Fit Multi-Disciplinary Needs Online
July 17-21 AAPT 2010 Summer Meeting Portland, OR
July 18-21 International Conference On Precision Agriculture Denver, CO
July 19-20 Python Programming with Elements of Discrete Mathematics Boston, MA
July 19-21 Build a Website in Flash Fall River, MA
July 19-22 International Conference on Critical Thinking Berkeley, CA
July 19-23 Summer Institute in Optics and Photonics Waco, TX
July 20 Introduction to InDesign Fall River, MA
July 21 College and Career Readiness Workshop: Taking the Accuplacer Boston, MA
July 21 (Webinar) Making Evaluation Integral to your ATE Proposal Online
July 22 jQuery Fall River, MA
July 22 Using Microsoft Office in the Classroom Fall River, MA
July 22-23 Dreamweaver Fall River, MA
July 23 Working with Microsoft Office 2007 Fall River, MA
July 25-30 Summer 2010 Renewable Energy Train the Trainer Academies: Photovoltaics Paonia, CO
July 26-28 Actionscripting with Flash Fall River, MA
July 26-29 Hi-TEC Conference Orlando, FL
July 26-30 STEM Guitar Workshop West Lafayette, IN
July 26-30 VMware VCP Certification Madison, WI
July 27 Introduction to Illustrator Fall River, MA
July 27-30 Introduction to Relational Database Management Systems Worcester, MA
July 28-30 The CAD Academy (TCA) Tustin, CA
July 29 iJava Boston, MA
July 29 HTML5/CSS3 Fall River, MA
July 29 Quickbooks Fall River, MA
July 29-30 Photoshop Fall River, MA
July 29-30 Introduction to Computer Forensics Fall River, MA

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

SAgE Project – Sustainable Agriculture Education

This project addresses the environmental, socioeconomic, political and cultural issues related to sustainable food systems within and beyond the Puget Sound bioregion through student and community education and research, technological innovation and college-stakeholder partnerships. The project has two main objectives: 1) to develop innovative workforce education and training that responds to industry needs as informed by a variety of stakeholders and project partners; and 2) to offer technological degree and certificate options that employ rigorous interdisciplinary and experiential curricula. In cooperation with four-year colleges and universities, Seattle Central Community College offers students two Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement degrees with emphases in Urban Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Technology. Alternatively, the technological nature of these degrees provides students with a sound terminal AA degree if they choose to enter the workforce without further academic preparation. In addition, the SAGE Project offers two Certificate options, one in Organic Agriculture and the other in Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming & Ranching. While obtaining a degree or certificate, students acquire a diverse skill set through integrated science and mathematics education, research and technology training, information literacy, critical thinking and group problem-solving, community service-learning, cross-cultural exchange and immersion, professional internships, and entrepreneurial and leadership training. On the site, visitors can read about the degrees and certificates, upcoming courses, and contact project staff.

Featured ATE Resources

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

From the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC):

Let's Talk Dirt

This activity is from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), a national center that "promotes and supports environmental and energy technology education to address the needs of the national and global workforce." The activity is designed to provide a real-world application of the ATEEC Recommended Core Curriculum's math, science, technical, communications, or critical thinking knowledge and skill concepts, which have been identified as necessary preparation for environmental technology occupations. In this activity, the student will take a sample of soil, determine the percentage of the different types of soil particles it contains and indentify the soil, using the Ternary Chart and/or the Color Identification Chart. Access to materials requires quick and free registration with ATEEC.

From AgrowKnowledge:

12 Standards of Sustainable Agriculture

Here, users will find a proposal for designating and better defining standards of sustainable agriculture from Rick Parker of AgrowKnowledge, a National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education. Parker states, "Perhaps the first greatest challenge is to define sustainable. Because of its varied use by different groups the word conjures up many meanings based on an individual's politics, experience, and background. For use in a course or a text we must have a clear understanding of what sustainable as applied to agriculture means. Right out of the dictionary sustainable means: 'of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.' I feel a definition needs to go farther. That is why I developed the 12 Standards of Sustainable Agriculture." Parker believes these 12 standards should be taught in a course on sustainable agriculture because in order to evaluate an operation or make changes in an operation or a system, some guidelines or standards are needed. These set the ideal for comparison and allow progress to be tracked. The paper includes all twelve standards proposed and goes into great detail about each standard and provides a detailed introduction and summary.

Science, Society, and the Food System Course Syllabus

This syllabus is provided by Dr. Rick Parker, from AgrowKnowledge, a National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education. The course – Science, Society, and the Food System (Agri180) provides students with an introduction to food systems, agricultural production practices and issues, concepts of sustainability, and the science behind many of the questions raised.

News & Reminders

Connect with ATE Central Staff

ATE Central, TeachingTechnicians, and ATETV will be presenting at the HI-TEC Conference in Orlando, FL on Thursday, July 29, 11:00 am until noon. If you are attending the conference please stop by the presentation and find out about Online ATE Resources. We will also have a booth in the Tech Showcase — stop by and visit ATE Central at booth #201.

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