Advanced Technological Education ·

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

Fundamentals of Light and Lasers Online
WomenTech Educators Online Training Fellowship Online
iGETT - Remote Sensing Varies
Florida Forum on Engineering Technology Clearwater, FL
Professional Development Workshop hosted by Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN
Massachusetts Business Educators Association (MBEA) Conference Natick, MA
SoMiC 2013 Workshop Denton, TX
VESTA Mechanized Pruning Workshop Plains, TX
Advanced Photovoltaic Installation Custer, WI
American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting Washington, D.C.
PV Conceptual Design Online Online
Basic Photovoltaics (Solar Electricity) Online Online
Introduction to Wind Systems Online Online
Association of American Geographies Annual Meeting Los Angeles, CA
AMTEC 2013 Spring Academy Smyrna, TN
Facades 2013 NYC Workshops New York, NY
Instructional Strategies for Introductory Physics (ISIP) Workshop Appleton, WI
Population Association of American Annual Meeting New Orleans, LA
National Science Teachers Association 2013 National Conference San Antonio, TX
NetWorks Webinar: Developmental Ed in STEM: Student Perspectives Online
Basic Photovoltaics (Solar Electricity) Madison, WI
Community of Practice (CoP) Berkeley, CA
CalGIS: 19th Annual California GIS Conference Long Beach, CA
Nanotechnology Course Resources I: Safety, Processing, and Materials State College, PA
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Professional Development Institute Arlington, VA
Infotec 2013 Omaha, NE
Micro Manufacturing Conference and Exhibits Minneapolis, MN
SAE World Congress and Exhibition Detroit, MI
The Visioneers: In Pursuit of Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future Tempe, AZ
2-Day Basic PLC Training Course Tampa, FL
Cyber Forensics & Security Conference & Expo Wheaton, IL
Advanced Photovoltaic Installation Custer, WI
6th Annual Student Success Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference La Plata, MD
Annual 2013 Virginia Tech GIS and Remote Sensing Research Symposium Blacksburg, VA
Design and Manufacturing Alliance Spring Conference Flint, MI
Experimental Education - Solving Michigan's Skill Crisis Flint, MI
NetWorks Webinar: Developmental Ed in STEM: Promising Practices Online
OGIS 2013 GoogleEarth Engine workshop Blacksburg, VA
Privacy in the Nano City Phoenix, AZ
RCNET 2nd Annual Meeting Fort Pierce, FL
1-day Introductory Workshop at the University of Florida Gainesville, FL
93rd AACC Annual Convention San Francisco, CA
BIO 2013 Chicago, IL
Ag Energy Webinar: Building Science Online
Plant Management and Design Engineering Show Montreal, Canada
NACK Webinar - Successful Models for Nano Outreach Online
NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair Research Triangle Park, NC
SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Baltimore, MD
Deadline to apply for Fundamentals of Light and Lasers (OP-TEC) Online

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

To add a continuously-updated list of ATE and STEM education events to your website, use the ATE Event Widget.

Resources in Biotechnology

From Bio-Link:

Extended Biotechnology Courses

The Sweetwater Union High School District has prepared this series of Biotechnology courses for underserved high school students. These courses emphasize the required knowledge from state standards as well as the skills required for entry-level employment. Each includes sample assessments for each objective. Users may click on each of the two courses to download the materials in PDF file format.

From the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative:

10 Targeted Biomanufacturing Job Descriptions

The Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2) has created this page to both distribute news on the biomanufacturing field and provide information on specific job opportunities in the Northeast. Some job descriptions even include videos about specific professionals and their day-to-day work. Visitors interested in more detailed information and specific job listings can use the menu on the left side of the page to find biomanufacturing jobs in the US and worldwide, as well as apprenticeship opportunities.

From Nano4Me:

Module Nine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine

This module is provided by, a product of the National Center for Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK Center) which is based at the Penn State College of Engineering. The module, which is available for download in PDF format, provides an overview of nanotechnology in the context of biology and medicine. The module was designed to be used by instructors in post secondary education and would be useful in workshops, courses or lectures; it provides a brief background for students beginning to study nanotechnology. This resource, along with all resources from the NACK Center, require a fast, easy, free log-in to access their materials.

Social Media Tip of the Month


Making Your Project/Center Social Media Ready

The meteoric rise of social media presents a double-edged sword for ATE projects and centers attempting to keep up. In today's technology climate, there are more options than ever to make a brand more interactive and present to audiences that have never been accessed before. However, with a plethora of sites, networks, and platforms to select from, it can become challenging to maintain relevancy in an arena that switches trends in what seems like mere milliseconds.

Ask yourself before you proceed: Who is most interested in the work you do? How have you already publicized the work of your project or center through other avenues? How does social media fit into your project or center's Outreach Plan? With a few simple steps, a project/center can enter the realm of social media and become adaptable to the changes when they come.

The two most popular social networks at the moment are Facebook and Twitter. In this day and age, it is easy to maintain a page on both of these sites. This allows you to take advantage of the different functions the sites provide (hashtags, analytics, pages, etc.) while reaching a broader audience through platforms they already use.

Here are a few rules to remember when using these platforms or any other mediums of social media:

Rule 1: Quality First

Quality is the first priority. Always make sure you are posting informative and interesting material that is relevant to the goals of your project/center. Have enough variance to appeal to the youngest and oldest members of your audience base, and do not be afraid to mix a little entertainment (like fun facts or quizzes) in with your information.

Rule 2: Quantity Second

Quantity is the second priority. Updating on a daily or weekly basis should be enough to satisfy your audience base. However, this comes with a caveat: neither flood information nor share too little of it. Either can cause interested parties to unsubscribe: too much information can overwhelm readers, while too little can make your project or center appear inactive.

Rule 3: Say Hi

Social networks are designed to make your project/center open and available to the public, so welcome followers with an open mind and a helpful mentality. Respond to wall posts and tweets, and follow your supporters back! Keep the dialogue and discussion open and flowing about updates, comments, and concerns. Also, be cautious when dealing with these networks. It is easy to encounter spamming as well as harmful or otherwise irrelevant content. Learn to filter out the important from the unnecessary, and pick your responses wisely when communicating.

Rule 4: Be a Page Professional

Your pages reflect your project or center. Thus, the profiles maintained by your project or center should provide a breadth of information on what you do as well as information that your audience may be intrigued by.

Taking advantage of these social utilities can provide new opportunities for your project or center to flourish. With a few minutes a day and some focused attention, your project or center can become more accessible and visible to the scientific community at large.

Community Connection


A Guide to Your ATE Central Activity Report

Recently, ATE Central was pleased to send out the inaugural ATE Central Activity Reports, which communicate data about project and center presence and usage of project and center deliverables on the ATE Central site. Many thanks to everyone who responded with feedback, updates to their project or center information, or questions about the report format. In response to some frequently asked questions, and as a resource for future PIs and staff, we have put together the following guide. Please let us know if you spot any issues or concerns that are not addressed in this guide. Your feedback is always appreciated.

Content of the Activity Reports

All information in the Activity Reports (ARs) is generated by ATE Central from the ATE Central website. It reflects numbers of resources, events, and resource views that have been collected by and shared through the ATE Central portal. Although we do our best to collect information about (and links to) all ATE community deliverables and events, we are constantly discovering new ones and updating the ATE Central website to account for them. Therefore, ARs are only part of the broader picture of ATE community impact.

Project and center activity reports contain:

  • Project/Center Information: the name of the project/center, the authorized contact, the website, the project/center description, and social media associated with that project/center. This information is updated as frequently as possible, but may not reflect the most recent updates to project/center information. Thus, we very much welcome updated information from PIs and staff.
  • Subject Area Activity: information about the number of current and new resources and events collected by ATE Central in your project/center's primary ATE Subject Area. The Subject Areas are seven very broad categories that ATE Central and others use to describe ATE efforts. A full list is available on the ATE Central portal when users click on the project or center tab on the navigation bar.
  • ATE-Wide Activity: information about the number of current and new resources and events within the entire ATE community.

Activity reports generated for centers contain the above information as well as Center Activity (for reports generated for centers), which is information about the resources and events from that particular center collected by ATE Central.

Frequency of Activity Reports

The first ATE Central Activity Report covered activity in the entire year of 2012. Subsequent reports will be released at the end of each quarter and will cover the previous three months. Thus, the AR covering the first quarter of 2013 will be released shortly.

Who Receives the Activity Reports

ARs are generated for and sent to only the Authorized Contact for each project or center. This is generally that project or center's PI, but may be someone that PI has designated in his or her stead. The ARs may also be viewed by ATE Central staff for internal review purposes only. They are not shared with anyone else and may not be accessed by anyone else.

Key Terms

Authorized Contact: the designated recipient of a project or center's Activity Report. This is generally that project or center's PI, but may be someone that PI has designated in his or her stead.

Most Popular: the most frequently accessed resources (as measured by access activity through the ATE Central website).

New Resources: the number of resources collected and cataloged by ATE Central during the reporting period.

Number of Events: the number of ATE-related events occurring during the period cover by the AR (as known to ATE Central).

Number of Resources: the total number of resources collected and cataloged by ATE Central, from its inception to the AR generation date.

Resource Record Views: the number of unique visitors to a resource's full record page on ATE Central.

Resource URL Clicks: the number of times a unique visitor to ATE Central has clicked on a resource's URL.

Upcoming Events: the number of events on the ATE Central events calendar that take place after the AR generation date.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change my project or center's information on ATE Central?
If you would like to update your project/center description, website, social media, designated contact, or logo, or notify us about new resources or events, please email
How should I use this data?
How you use this data is completely up to you. However, we do hope it will guide you to interesting resources and events in your subject area, give you an idea of what ATE Central's audience is most frequently accessing, and showcase some of what the ATE community is doing. The ARs may also be used in advocacy and reporting contexts to demonstrate the massive amount of work and knowledge building that is ongoing in the ATE community.
What should I do if I notice that one of my resources/events isn't listed on your website?
Please let us know by emailing We strive to find all the community resources and events, but there is no automated way to do this, which means it is time intensive. Thus, feel free to notify us when you add new resources or events! We will happily add them to the ATE Central portal as quickly as possible.

Did you know?

According to Community College Week and the National Center for Education Statistics, during the 2010-2011 school year, 82 percent of high schools reported that some students were enrolled in dual-credit classes. 49 percent of high schools reported students taking classes with a career or vocational-technical focus.

News & Reminders

Is your project/center on Facebook, Twitter, or another social media site?

If so, please make sure we've found that site and added it to the ATE Social Media Directory. Having your social media presence linked through the directory will help ensure that interested parties can find you online. In addition, if you currently publish a newsletter, please let us know, as we will be adding links to newsletters to the information available on ATE Central.

Follow ATE Central on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all things new at ATE Central and in the ATE Community as well as in the world of STEM Education

Want to know which ATE Projects and Centers and ATE partners and collaborators are using Social Media? Check out our ATE Social Media Directory and follow them too!

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. 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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