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

May 7 2010 Annual Cybersecurity, Homeland Defense Symposium, and Job Fair Largo, MD
May 9-11 Micro Nano Tech Conference I (MNT I) Albuquerque, NM
May 13 NetWorks Webinar: Sustaining Community College Technical Programs Online
May 18 Evaluation Resource Center for Advanced Technological Education (Evalu-ate): Webinar: Developing and Validating Survey Instruments Online
May 19 Webcast: Cisco Security Agent Expert on HIPS vs. Application Whitelisting Online
May 20-22 Teaching Professor Conference Atlanta GA
May 21 Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL): Type 1 Day Public Workshop - 2YC3 Conference - Stark State College North Canton, OH
May 23 Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA): Android Application Development for Teachers Madison, WI
May 23 Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA): VMware VCP Certification Fast Track for Teachers Madison, WI
May 23 Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA): VMware VSphere Springfield, IL
May 23-24 Ag Innovation Showcase St Louis, MO
May 23-27 Pacific Region Learning Summit Honolulu, HI
May 24-25 NAWI Annual Conference Buringham, VT
May 25-27 Council On Undergraduate Research (CUR): Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs Portland, OR
May 26 Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK Center): Recruiting Underrepresented Minorities Online
May 27 Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL): Type 1 Day Private Workshop - MICDS St. Louis, MO
May 29 - June 1 2011 NISOD Conference Austin, TX
May 30 - June 2 Aspen Enviroment Forum Aspen, CO
June 3-5 Council On Undergraduate Research (CUR): Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution Grand Rapids, MI
June 6 Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA): Computer Hardware Essentials with Security for Teachers Madison, WI
June 6 Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA): Solving Problems in Security Through Scripting for Teachers Madison, WI
June 6-10 Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT) Web Site Development Using Dreamweaver CS5 Rochester, NY
June 9 NetWorks Webinar: Grant Opportunities and Success Strategies Online
June 10 Frontiers in Technology Presentation Baltimore, MD
June 12-16 CERET Biofuels Train the Trainer Academy Madison, WI
June 12-24 Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC): SEET Technology Workshop 2011 Golden, CO
June 13 Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA): iPhone Applications Development for Teachers Madison, WI
June 13-15 EduComm Visionary Thinking Practical Solutions Norwalk, CT
June 13-17 Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT): Migrating from 2D CAD to 3D CAD using Revit Architecture Rochester, NY
June 13-17 Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT): Grammar Review for Workplace Correspondence Rochester, NY
June 13-17 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2011 Ottawa, ON
June 15-17 Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT): Building Basic Android (Droid) Applications using Google App Inventor Rochester, NY
June 15-17 FLATE Engineering Technology Summer Insititute: Digital Design and Modeling Clearwater, FL
June 17-18 Boston-area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC): STEM VE Conference Manhattan, NY
June 19-22 9th Annual Career Clusters Institute Atlanta, GA
June 20 Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA): CCNA Network Security Indianapolis, IN
June 20 Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA): Computer Hardware Essentials with Security for Teachers Elkhorn, WI
June 20-24 Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT): Building Web Pages with HTML5 Rochester, NY
June 20-24 STEM Guitar Workshop Eureka, CA
June 28-30 Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL): 2011 POGIL Southeast Regional meeting Atlanta, GA
June 30 Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA): VMware VSphere Malden, 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

STEM Guitar Project

This ATE professional development project is a collaboration between STEM faculty teams from Butler County Community College (Butler, PA), Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH), Ventura College (Ventura, CA), College of the Redwoods (Eureka, CA), as well as high school STEM faculty in each of the states involved. Faculty teams at the respective locations are working together to design, build, and analyze solid body electric guitars as a means of learning applied concepts of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and as a means of understanding product lifecycle management. This experience is providing teachers and students an accurate simulation of the collaborative design and rapid manufacturing processes routinely used in business and industry. Over 150 STEM faculty members from high schools and community colleges are participating in an intense five-day Summer Professional Development Program and are having extensive academic year follow-up activities. The teacher participants are using these processes and simulations in their classrooms to enhance the STEM laboratory learning experience. Nearly 5000 students are learning about cross-disciplinary STEM problem solving that is becoming increasingly important for new design technicians to experience. On the site, visitors can find curriculum materials including classroom tools and information on guitar fabrication. There are also details of upcoming workshops and professional development opportunities. In the Storefront section, visitors can learn about how to purchase a guitar kit.

Featured ATE Resources

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

From NetWorks:

Enhancing the Community College Pathway to Engineering Careers

Community colleges play an important role in starting students on the road to engineering careers, but students often face obstacles in transferring to four-year educational institutions to continue their education. Enhancing the Community College Pathway to Engineering Careers, a new book from the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council, discusses ways to improve the transfer experience for students at community colleges and offers strategies to enhance partnerships between those colleges and four-year engineering schools to help students transfer more smoothly. In particular, the book focuses on challenges and opportunities for improving transfer between community colleges and four-year educational institutions, recruitment and retention of students interested in engineering, the curricular content and quality of engineering programs, opportunities for community colleges to increase diversity in the engineering workforce, and a review of sources of information on community college and transfer students. It includes a number of current policies, practices, and programs involving community college four-year institution partnerships. You can read this book online for free or order a copy from the website.


These interactive learning objects, created by instructors from Fox Valley Technical College and other colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College program, focus on concepts that cover a broad-based electromechanical program. Here visitors will find learning objects in Hydraulics with over 25 lessons in Actuators, Relief Valves, Basic Concepts, and Directional Control Valves.

From the Environmental & Energy Resources Library (eERL):

Energy and the Environment Course

From the University of Strathclyde's Engineering Department, this "self-learning courseware is maintained by ESRU and used within taught programs as part of our undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development provisions." This course is 16110 Energy and Environment: Introduction to Solar Energy and it includes an introduction to solar energy, an introduction to photovoltaics, and a solar energy assignment.

News & Reminders

AACC Announces National STEM Mentoring Grants Open to Community Colleges

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is pleased to announce a national grant competition for the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program, developed with the support of the National Science Foundation. MentorLinks is designed for community colleges seeking to improve technician education programs in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields. Colleges should be interested in working with an experienced community college mentor who has successfully planned and implemented a major change in a high-technology program. MentorLinks colleges will receive $20,000 for the two-year grant period with primary emphasis on opportunities for technical assistance and professional development as part of the mentoring relationship. The grant period runs from October 1, 2011 – October 31, 2013. The deadline to apply is June 23, 2011. For more information, please see

ATEEC seeks reviewers for eERL resources

ATEEC is looking for environmental and energy specialists to vet (review) materials for the electronic Environmental and Energy Resources Library. If you are interested in participating please contact Lora at

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 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

To unsubscribe to the ATE Central Connection, please reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the Subject field or body of the email. For any other subscription questions, please email