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

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 13th Annual Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum Berkeley, CA
June 6-10 Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT) Web Site Development Using Dreamweaver CS5 Rochester, NY
June 8-10 2011 NCATC (National Center of Advanced Technology Centers) Summer Workshop Lexington, KY
June 9 NetWorks Webinar: Grant Opportunities and Success Strategies Online
June 10 Educator Outreach Summit Charlestown, MA
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 13-17 Faculty Experiential Learning Institute (FELI) Aptos, CA
June 13-17 Mid-Pacific ICT Center Summer 2011 Faculty Development Week San Francisco, CA
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 16-17 Bio-Link - TEA Introduction to Biotechnology Workshop - Collin County Plano, TX
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 20-24 Genomic Approaches in BioSciences - Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
June 20-24 BioLink Series of Summer Teacher Workshops: Forensic DNA Analysis Madison, WI
June 27 - July 1 STEM Guitar Workshop San Diego, 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
July 10-15 Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR) 2011 Wetlands Mitigation and Management Institute Silverton, OR
July 11-15 Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT) Microsoft Office 2010: Create a Dynamic Presentation Rochester, NY
July 11-15 STEM Guitar Workshop Dayton, OH
July 11-15 STEM Guitar Workshop Butler, PA
July 18-22 BioLink Series of Summer Teacher Workshops Biotechnology: The Basics Madison, WI
July 20 Evaluation Resource Center for Advanced Technological Education (Evalua|t|e): Strong Evaluation Plans = Stronger Proposals Online
July 25-28 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference San Francisco, CA
July 25-29 BioLink Series of Summer Teacher Workshops Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics Madison, WI
July 25-29 Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT) Microsoft Excel 2010: Create an Electronic Worksheet Rochester, NY
July 27 Team Self-Management (TSM) Course Workshop Cabrillo, CA

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

Preparing a New Workforce for a Sustainable Economy

This project is creating a model alternative energy certificate program that leads to a new Associate of Applied Sciences degree in industrial technology and a new certificate program for wind energy technicians. The project is establishing career pathways to technical work in the renewable energy fields. The specific needs for a renewable energy certificate are being identified, and space in the planned Community Technology Center is to be devoted to the laboratory areas needed for the program. The A.A.S. degree in industrial technology is meeting the needs of students and incumbent workers by providing a clear career pathway from an industry-related certificate to an A.A.S. degree and then to a baccalaureate degree. The new A.A.S. degree is meeting the needs of industry by encouraging students and incumbent workers who earn a technical certificate to pursue the additional education/training that offers the most benefits to the worker and the employer. That additional education focuses on areas often referred to as "soft skills," for example, communication, teamwork, and critical thinking. The need for soft skills in the industry workplace is widely recognized and has been documented in a number of reports. On the site, visitors will find more information about the project, wind energy programs and careers, and resources for teachers.

Featured ATE Resources

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

From NetWorks:

American Wind Energy Association Resource Library

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) provides free wind energy information resources on this section of their site. Resources include: documents and reports, fact sheets, databases, audio/visual materials, archives, publications available from other groups, renewable energy blogs, and wind energy mailing lists.

Exploring Wind Energy Teacher Guide

This guide was developed by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. The guide consists of hands-on activities that provide a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, economic, environmental, technological, and societal aspects of wind energy to secondary students. The guide includes correlations to National Science Standards, Grading Rubrics, Activities, and an evaluation form. There is also a student guide available, and materials for the activities can be ordered through NEED.

From Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC):

Everything You Wanted To Know About Wind Energy And More

The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides this document as a general overview for students learning about wind energy. The document may be used as a presentation or as an interactive resource for students to read independently. Along with other materials, a diagram of a photovoltaic/wind hybrid stand-alone energy system is provided. Users must complete a free registration with ATEEC to download this resource.

News & Reminders

Digitally Enhancing America's Community Colleges: Strategic Opportunities for Computing Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) recently released a report that addresses a fundamental question about community colleges: why are so many of them unable to successfully secure federal funding for computing programs? The report, Digitally Enhancing America's Community Colleges, offers recommendations designed to spur new grant proposals, inventive initiatives, and dynamic partnerships that infuse innovation into community college computing courses and programs. The full 24-page report is available online here: NSF's release about the summit, ACM, and the report is available here: Printed copies of the report along with a strategic planning template are available for free via an online request form at

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!

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