Advanced Technological Education · April 2012

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Upcoming Events

April 3 Academy for College Excellence (ACE): Pathway 101: Inquiry and Action for Retention of Vulnerable and Tentative Students Online
April 5-6 OP-TEC Workshop on Optics and Photonics Education Tustin, CA
April 12 MEMS 202: Standard Micromachining Techniques Online
April 13 Earning Credentials Online
April 14 Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL): 1 Day Public Workshop Cincinnati, OH
April 15-18 2012 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities Phoenix, AZ
April 16-19 Nanotechnology Course Resources I: Safety, Processing, and Materials University Park, PA
April 19 HSPI Webinar: Activity Structure — A Closer Look at POGIL Activities Online
April 20 Masters Series Webinar: From STEM to STEAM: Importance of Arts in STEM Online
April 21 Academy for College Excellence (ACE): Spring Bay Area Community of Practice (CoP) Aptos, CA
April 22-26 MAGIC 2012: Mid-America GIS Symposium Kansas City, MO
April 25-27 2012 NGCP National Collaboration Conference: Advancing the Field through Collaboration, Capacity Building, and Equity Alexandria, VA
April 26 Nanotechnology and Materials Online
May 1-3 Hands-on Introduction to Nanotechnology for Educators University Park, PA
May 3 MEMS 203: Making a MicroPressure Sensor Online
May 7-9 Micro Nano Technology Conference 2012 State College, PA
May 11 Bridge to Technology Online

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Featured ATE Resources

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

From Sustainability Training for Technical Educators:

Green Glossary [doc]

This seven page document provides a glossary of "green" terms that would be useful in any courses which cover sustainability topics. Terms touch on renewable energy, current issues relating to sustainability and environmentalism and a number of green technologies. It is a handy reference for students learning about green technology or sustainability, or instructors intending to cover these topics.


Growing Green Jobs

Advanced Technological Education Television (ATETV) is an award-winning Web-based video series and interactive network designed to connect students and professionals with careers in advanced technology. In this video from the series, ATETV explores the technology of wind turbines, the demand for green technicians, and home energy audits that save money and create jobs. As usual, this video is well-filmed and edited, and would be perfect to show as part of a recruitment strategy or in an introductory green technology class.

From GreenApps:

Green Application Projects (GreenApps): Sustainability Debates [pdf]

This interdisciplinary classroom exercise from GreenApps at Red Rocks Community College asks students to research questions on the topic of global warming. Part of the purpose of the project is to help students separate scientific evidence from political rhetoric. Students are asked to form small groups, select a provided topic, and choose a position on the debate. Students then research the question and prepare an argument. Instructors should allow approximately 3.5 hours of class time for the activity, and give students two weeks to perform the research and work on their arguments. The activity is appropriate for high school or lower level undergraduate students.

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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?

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