Advanced Technological Education ·

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In This Issue

Resources in Marine Technology

From MATE:

The Bridge: An Ocean of Free Teacher-Approved Marine Education Resources

The Bridge, from the Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available online. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. On the site, visitors will find lesson plans, career information for students, and a resource center of books, links, aquariums and more.


Career Opportunities Outdoors and Underwater

The ATETV project delivers web-based videos to connect students to careers in advanced technology. In this episode of ATETV, marine technology and environmental technology are discussed. A student competition of remotely operated underwater vehicle technology is shown in the video. Employees with training and experience in this technology are in high demand in the workforce, and industry is using such competitions as scouting opportunities. In technological programs like the ones shown here, students gain hands-on experience that prepares them for the workplace. The episode can be watched in full or through the two segments: Diving into A Marine-Based Career and Environmental Technology Takes to the Great Outdoors. Running time for the full episode of this streaming video is 7:01.

The Role of Marine Reserves in Ecosystem-based Fishery Management

This instructional guide is designed to provide educators with lecture support on the topic of marine reserves with an emphasis on their role in ecosystem-based fishery management. The benefits of marine reserves are discussed, as well as some of the considerations in the design and management of marine reserve networks.

A general lecture outline and a more detailed PowerPoint presentation with instructor notes are provided. Print, video and web-based resources that cover the topic are summarized and cited.



Personalizing the ATE@20 Experience

Over the past 20 years the ATE Program has grown to provide concurrent support for 45 centers and 229 projects in the United States and US territories. This vast community has been dedicated to improving the education of America's technical workforce through innovative research and successful partnerships. Over the past few weeks, a number of inspirational stories and personal experiences have been highlighted on the ATE@20 blog. In case you happen to have missed them, posts have explored the following topics:

Remember, ATE@20 would love to hear from YOU! We are actively collecting stories and photographs to feature in the ATE@20 booklet and blog. If you have a story to share or accomplishment to highlight, please don't hesitate to contact us at Our aim is to celebrate and share diverse stories from the members of our community and showcase the fantastic work being done by ATE projects and centers on a daily basis.

Community Connection


Welcome New Projects and Centers!

Every year, the ATE community has the privilege of welcoming new projects and centers as well as veterans who have received new funding. If you fall into one of these categories, congratulations! We would like to take this space to talk a little bit about what ATE Central can do for new and established members of the ATE community.

The mission of ATE Central is to support and amplify the work of ATE projects and centers. As many of you know, ATE Central combines an online portal that houses a collection of freely available materials highlighting the work of ATE projects and centers with a variety of tools and services. The portal, tools and services are designed to help ATE grantees, other educators, students, and the general public learn about and use materials from the entire depth and breadth of the ATE program. The portal aggregates information about ATE centers and projects, as well as the materials they develop, the events they host, and more.

For a full overview of what ATE Central does, as well as information about the ATE program, visit the ATE Central Handbook. Here, you can learn more about how ATE Central can benefit your project or center through by providing you with support for finding partners and collaborators, outreach, managing and sharing deliverables, evaluation, and technology and tools.


Did you know?

The ocean economy is large and diverse, consisting of six sectors: construction, living resources, minerals, ship and boat building, tourism and recreation, and transportation. According to the National Ocean Policy Coalition, jobs in these sectors represent one in six jobs in the country and account for twenty percent of our national economy.

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
iGETT - Remote Sensing Varies
DHS Cyber Student Initiative Varies
WomenTech Educators Online Recruitment and Retention Training Online
Methods for Active Learning Online
New England Aquarium Teacher Workshops Boston, MA
Math Refresher Course San Antonio, TX
2013 AAEA & CAES Joint Annual Meeting Washington, D.C.
Upcoming Events
CAR Management Briefing Seminars Acme, MI
EMC Big Data Analytics Boston, MA
Five-day Experiential Learning Institute Elgin, IL
Genomic Approaches in Biosciences Minneapolis, MN
Information Storage Management Online
Math Machines 2013 Workshop Cincinnati, OH
Weld-Ed Educator's Training: Design/Assembly/Robotic Welding Lithia Springs, GA
Weld-Ed Educator's Training: Welding Metallurgy Marysville, CA
NeuroPolicy Affinity Group Lecture Washington, D.C.
PACE Robotics Symposium Tampa, FL
Behavior System Integration Aptos, CA
Robo Storm Camp Greenbush, MN
Project Access Workshop Austin, TX
Nanotechnology Course Resources Workshop I: Patterning Characterizatioin, and Applications University Park, PA
Five-day Experiential Learning Institute Cupertino, CA
Five-day Experiential Learning Institute Fort Lauderdale, FL
Genomic Approaches in Biosciences Sanford, FL
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure & Manage Online
Weld-Ed Educator's Training: Laser Welding Santa Clarita, CA
New Jersey Coastal Ecosystems Tuckerton, NJ
GEOTREK-12 Richmond, VA
New Jersey Coastal Ecosystems Tuckerton, NJ
Ocean Exploration Professional Development Kingston, RI
TEDx Innovative Education: Design the Future Southbury, CT
Fall Viticulture and Enology Courses Online
Behavior System & Integration Workshop Online
HCC Tech Acodemy South Des Moines, WA
Serious Play Conference Redmond, WA
Genomic Approaches in Biosciences Garden City, NY
Fundamentals of Light and Lasers Online
MaDTECHEd Symposium Online
Evaluation: A Key Ingredient for a Successful ATE Proposal Online
BSides Los Angeles 2013 Los Angeles, CA
Grape Stomp Festival El Reno, OK
SPIE Optics and Photonics 2013 San Diego, CA
Deaf and Hearing Workshop Largo, FL

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