Advanced Technological Education · March 2012

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Upcoming Events

March 4-7 23rd Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference Statesboro, GA
March 4-7 League for Innovations Conference Philadelphia, PA
March 6 Pathway 101: Inquiry and Action for Retention of Vulnerable and Tentative Students Online
March 8 National Agriculture Day Washington, DC
March 9 Cyber Defense and Disaster Recovery Conference Springfield, IL
March 9 Innovative Manufacturing Online
March 9 NSF Grant - Professional Development Workshop Tampa, FL
March 15 HSPI Webinar: Assessment and Communication Online
March 15-16 FPGA Design Flow Workshop Florence , SC
March 21 Pathway 102: Getting Started with Inquiry & Action for Retention of Vulnerable Students Online
March 21 Reducing the Outcomes Angst: A step-by-step approach to identify what to measure Online
March 23 Women in Technology Dinner Palos Hills, IL
March 23 Women in Technology Mentoring Workshop Palos Hills, IL
March 30 Building a Nanotechnology Workforce Online
March 31 Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL): 1 Day Public Workshop Oceanside, CA
April 5-6 OP-TEC Workshop on Optics and Photonics Education Tustin, CA

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Featured ATE Resources

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

From NetWorks:

Girls, Math & Science Partnership: BrainCake

The Girls, Math & Science Partnership's mission is to engage, educate, and embrace girls as architects of change. Working with girls age 11-17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors, the partnership draws organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science. On this fun and friendly website, girls can interact with one another, play games, take quizzes, find scholarships, read about women in science, and even listen to GirlTalk Radio, a mentoring initiative that allows girls to discuss STEM topics "in their own words." A parent/teacher section includes some recommendations for people a little beyond the 11-17 age range on how to encourage girls to explore science. Quick and free registration may be required to access some resources.

From the National Center for Manufacturing Education:

Women in Technology: Building Tomorrow's STEM Workforce

The Women in Technology project (WIT) strives "to build and strengthen the education to workforce pipeline by encouraging girls, women and other underrepresented groups into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers." Although the group is focused on bringing women into STEM careers in Hawaii, other groups interested in achieving similar success with female students could learn a great deal from WIT's program descriptions, list of resources, publications, and conference papers. A timely and consistently updated blog rounds out WIT's offerings with news from the field and profiles of leading women in STEM fields.

From the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology, and Science:

IWITTS: Proven Practices Collection

The IWITTS Proven Practices Collection brings educators a research-based blueprint for recruiting and retaining women and girls in the technology classroom. Visitors to the website can browse through nearly 100 articles, case studies, podcasts, and webinars on proven recruitment practices. In addition, the site discusses some common reasons that women drop out of technology programs and suggests some ways to retain them. Sub-topics of retention explore a range of concerns including curriculum, learning style, and student support.

News & Reminders

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ATE Central has an Outreach Kit to help with Your Project or Center's Dissemination and Outreach Plan

Are you interested in designing a more effective dissemination and marketing plan for your project or center? If so, then check out ATE Central's Outreach Kit at This online toolkit includes a Planning Guide to show you, step by step, how to build and execute a realistic and achievable outreach plan. Learn new and innovative ways to reach your audience and connect with the ATE community and beyond with the Social Media Guide. Use the Communications Guide to craft your project or center's message, discover new dissemination paths, and learn to build your own media kit. In addition, you will find a Resources section which will direct you to some best practices within NSF and ATE, other free and low-cost outreach tools, further helpful links, and some suggested reading. If you're ready to show Broader Impacts and ensure your NSF mission, then get started with the ATE Outreach Kit.

Application Deadline for IWITTS WomenTech Educators Online Training is February 15th

The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science presents a "Proven System for Increasing the Number of Women and Girls in Your Science, Technology & Engineering Classes" in this ten-week online training program. Apply by February 15th to participate and learn about an easy-to-implement recruitment plan that will greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classroom and a retention plan for your school that will increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students that you can implement and use immediately. Apply here or read more about the program.

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

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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