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

September 10 NetWorks Webinar: Best Practices in Distance Learning Online
September 11 Collegiate Cyber Exercise Event (CCEE) 2010 Springfield, IL
September 13-15 International Dairy Show Dallas, TX
September 13-16 SPIE Photomask Technology Pacific Grove, CA
September 15 EVALUATE Webinar: Needs Assessment Online
September 20-23 OCEANS 2010 MTS/IEEE Seattle, WA
September 20-24 International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking Chicago, IL
September 28 - October 2 World Dairy Expo Madison, WI
September 29 CSSIA: State of Insecurity Presentation Palos Hills, IL
September 30 - October 2 IONS NA 2: International OSA Network of Students Tucson, AZ
September 30 - October 2 Programming Tools for Introductory Physics Workshop Lincoln, NE
October 6-8 2010 NCATC Fall Conference Milwaukee, WI
October 7-8 2010 C3 CONFERENCE College Park, MD
October 7-9 ACM SIGITE 2010 Conference on Information Technology Education Midland, MI
October 8 NetWorks Webinar: Innovative Stem Resources Online
October 9-15 Hacker Halted Conference Miami, FL
October 12-15 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference Anaheim, CA
October 13-15 Critical Issues and Best Practices Conference Galveston, TX
October 18-19 AVS Workshops for Teachers Albuquerque, NM
October 18-21 4G World 2010 Chicago, IL
October 18-22 Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications (IMSA 2010) Virtual Conference Online
October 20-22 NASA National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program Houston, TX
October 20-23 National FFA Convention Indianapolis, IN
October 20-23 NCPN Annual Conference Dallas, TX
October 27 Designing Practical and Useful Evaluations Washington, DC
October 27-28 Symposium on Frontiers in Photonics: Science and Technology Durham, NC
October 27-29 NSF ATE Principal Investigators Conference Washington, DC
October 27-30 Bridging the Gulf Panama City, FL
October 27-30 40th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference Arlington, VA

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Featured ATE Center

Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC)

The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides a wide range of environmental and energy technology learning resources for students, teachers, and technicians; the Center does this, in part, through their electronic Environmental Resources Library (eERL) digital library. The Center's objective is the "advancement of environmental technology education through curriculum development, professional development, and program improvement in the nation's community colleges and high schools." ATEEC is housed at Scott Community College (Bettendorf, Iowa) and was established by National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Center funds.

Featured ATE Resources

Here is a small sample of the valuable resources in ATE Central that focus on Energy Production and Energy Efficiency:

From the Environmental and Energy Resources Library (eERL):

Sustainable Energy

Part of MIT's innovative OpenCourseWare Project, which provides materials from MIT classes to the public on the web, this site outlines the content of a Sustainable Energy seminar at MIT. The site provides a syllabus, calendar, references for readings, lecture notes, exams, project ideas, and a variety of related links. The topics covered include various energy technologies, energy economics, renewable energy, climate change, and energy efficiency. The course content is also available in Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese.

From the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT):

Renewable Energy Glossary of Terms

The Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT) has created this 22-page glossary of renewable energy terms which was "taken in part from the EPA and the Energy Information Administrations website, and provides definitions of a number of important terms associated with power generation technologies and their environmental impacts, including definitions of specific pollutants, technologies, and the key terms related to the electric power marketplace." From acid rain to wood pellets, the terms are defined as they relate to renewable energy development and applications.

From the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET):

CERET Web Resources

This handy list of online resources is provided by the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET) and the resources include information and links on Alternative Vehicles & Fuels, Biomass, Energy Environment & Society, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics & Solar Thermal, and Wind Energy. The site also contains learning objects in Fuel Cell Technology, Solar Technology, and Curriculum Modules.

News & Reminders

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

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