Advanced Technological Education ·

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In This Issue

Resources in ATE Collaboration


Narrowing the Gap: Lessons for Community College/Research University Collaboration

The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) and MIT's Laboratory for Energy and the Environment (LFEE) partnered to integrate environmental technology research into the classroom and community. This partnership was encouraged and funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education. ATEEC and LFEE have collaborated on a number of projects, the most challenging of which was the development of a series of environmental technology instructional materials, Technology and Environmental Decisionmaking, incorporating some of the most recent research findings in climate change, air quality, water quality, and environmental decisionmaking. ATEEC and LFEE found that the process of developing these materials was an invaluable learning experience for both partners, bridging issues of institutional culture, communication, and sometimes divergent objectives. The Narrowing the Gap: Lessons for Community College/Research University Collaboration report describes how they worked through these issues and offers suggestions to guide other such partnerships in the future.

Key elements addressed include:

  • Developing and maintaining a realistic common vision.
  • Securing quality resources, human and capital.
  • Crafting and utilizing an overall systematic process.
  • Promoting collaborative management and leadership.
  • Devoting necessary time and effort to partnership maintenance.
  • Applying key elements and processes to development of a product.

From ICT Center:

Gordon and Mike's ICT Podcast: Online Collaboration

Gordon and Mike's ICT Podcast offers perspectives on the information and communication technologies (ICT) industries from Gordon Snyder and Mike Qaissaunee. In this podcast, Mike and Gordon discuss the "growing array of online collaboration tools." Some of those tools include the VoIP client Skype, Google Docs, Twitter, and the micro-blogging service, Jaiku. The running time for the show is 22:29.

This podcast is available for direct download in MP3 format from the the Libsyn site, and is also available as part of the whole series via iTunes.

From the Midwest Center for Information Technology:

Observations on Institutional Collaboration by the Midwest Center for Information Technology

This study published by the Applied Information Management Institute examines the need for collaboration in a large-scale information technology project. Suggestions and tips are given from a successful information technology project funded by the NSF and involving ten different community colleges in a four-state region. These tips include "establish and periodically re-establish a common vision" and "don't forget the value of a good right-fielder."


ATE@20 Book

Picking Up Your Copy of the ATE@20 Book

After months of planning, interviewing, writing, and editing, ATE@20: Two Decades of Advancing Technological Education is finally here! This book, which will be available free of charge at the 2013 ATE Principal Investigators Conference, tells the story of the ATE program from its inception and early successes to its current nationwide and international reach.

ATE Central and writer Madeline Patton, who has worked with the ATE community and the American Association of Community Colleges for over a decade on books, reports and articles, undertook the book and blog project earlier this year. Rachael Bower, Co-Director of the Internet Scout Research Group and ATE Central, says of the effort, "the ATE@20 Book+Blog project has been collaborative from start to finish. Centers and projects responded generously to our requests for stories, pictures, and data that showcase the innovative work they've done under ATE funding. The book tells the story of ATE, beginning with its legislative roots, highlighting the impacts of the program, and setting the stage for the next decade of ATE grantees. We hope the community will find it informative and useful as a tool to promote their own work and the aggregate achievements of the program as a whole to other educators, industry partners, and students."

The book is available to anyone and everyone! To pick up your copy, stop by the registration desk or come and see us at the ATE Central booth (no. 2), which will be set up during all of the showcase sessions at the conference. The book can serve as a great resource to promote the invaluable work of the ATE Community in general and your own project or center in particular. If you would like copies to distribute on your campus or to other interested parties, please let us know at

We look forward to seeing you in DC!

Community Connection


Welcome to ATE for New Projects and Centers

ATE Central would like to take this opportunity to welcome new ATE projects and centers! With the ATE PI Conference just a few short weeks away, projects and centers old and new will get the chance to connect to one another — sharing experiences, collaborating, and learning together. As a reminder, ATE Central can benefit your project or center by:

  • Providing outreach and dissemination opportunities for your project, including the ATE Central Connection monthly newsletter, the ATE Central Events Calendar, ATE Social Media outlets, the ATE Central Outreach Kit, and more.
  • Connecting your project to the larger ATE community and beyond, via ATE Central's comprehensive resource collection and maps.
  • Assisting with managing and sharing deliverables with the ATE Central Collection Development Policy Template and support for creating Data Management Plans, both located in the ATE Central Handbook.
  • Offering technology tools to help showcase and assess the impact of your work, including the ATE Central Events Widget, CWIS open source software, the quarterly ATE Central Activity Reports, and more.

Additionally, new community members should make sure to check out the Getting Started workshop at this year's PI conference. This workshop is recommended for all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and other team members looking for a smooth transition to ATE. The workshop will cover ATE program issues, financial management and grant management issues, and evaluation. ATE Central will be presenting at the session, so feel free to ask any questions you might have there or at our showcase booth.

To see a complete list of new additions to the ATE community and offer a warm welcome, check out ATE Central's lists of new awardees for Spring/Summer 2013 and Summer/Fall 2013 on the ATE Central site.

Did you know?

From 2006-2012, students enrolled in ATE programs earned over 50,000 high school diplomas, associate degrees and certificates, and baccalaureate degrees. For more interesting and fun ATE facts, check out ATE@20: Two Decades of Advancing Technological Education.

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
Integrated Geospatial Education and Technical Training - Remote Sensing Online
Photonics Faculty Development Course: Fundamentals of Light and Lasers Online
Math and Code for Small Wind Online Online
OSA's 97th Annual Meeting - Frontiers in Optics 2013 Orlando, FL
Upcoming Events
2013 Connecticut STEM Conference Hartford, CT
Nanotechnology Course Resources Workshop II: Patterning Characterization and Applications University Park, PA
Online Training: Increase Female Enrollment in STEM Classes Online
CyberMaryland 2013 Baltimore, MD
National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers 2013 Fall Conference Panama City, FL
VEX Scrimmage Bemidji, MN
VEX Scrimmage Thief River Falls, MN
Beginners Microcontroller Workshop Huntsville, AL
Campus as a Living Lab: Experiments in Re-vitalizing Education and Building Performance Online
Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) Fall 2013 Workshop Series: Micropressure Sensor Albuquerque, NM
National Career Pathways Network 2013 Annual Conference San Antonio, TX
American Association Port Authorities (AAPA) Annual Convention & Expo Orlando, FL
SPIE Optifab 2013 Rochester, NY
STEM Faculty Workshop: Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Lexington, KY
PV Site Assessor Training Online Online
Basic Photovoltaics (Solar Electricity) Online Online
WESTEC Los Angeles, CA
National Council of Workforce Education (NCWE) 2013 Annual Conference Milwaukee, WI
Beer & Cheese 101: An Introduction to Beer and Cheese Pairing Grandview, WA
VESTA Chemistry Workshop Springfield, MO
Wine and Must Analysis Workshop Napa, CA
National Nuclear Science Week Online
AWEA Offshore Windpower 2013 Conference & Exhibition Providence, RI
Cyber Security Summit 2013 Minneapolis, MN
ATE PI Conference Washington, DC
SWE National Conference Baltimore, MD
Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) Fall 2013 Workshop Series: DNA Microarray Albuquerque, NM
Geological Society of America Workshops Denver, CO
Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges Denver, CO
Academy for College Excellence (ACE): Community of Practice (CoP) Aptos, CA
STEMtech Conference Atlanta, GA
National FFA Convention & Expo Louisville, KY
Women on the Water Conference Bronx, NY
miGoogle Educator Conference Brighton, MI
Logistics & Supply Chain Forum Jacksonville, Fl
National Educators Workshop: Materials in Enabling Technologies: Defining the Future Tulsa, OK
2nd Annual Southeastern United Grape & Wine Symposium Dobson, NC
Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME) 2013 Meeting & Ship Production Symposium Bellevue, WA
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities National Conference Northbrook, IL
Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) Fall 2013 Workshop Series: MicroCantilevers Albuquerque, NM
Hands-On Introduction to Nanotechnology for Educators University Park, PA
Massachusetts STEM Summit 2013 Foxborough, MA
VEX Scrimmage Thief River Falls, MN
National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) Conference & TransComp Exhibition Houston, TX
Intermodel Association of North America (IANA) Intermodal Expo 2013 Houston, TX
FABTECH 2013 Chicago, IL
TAKING SHAPE: Additive Manufacturing Summit Minnetonka, MN
Questions, Data, Conclusions, and Recommendations Online
Dream !t Do !t Northern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament Thief River Falls, MN
Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) Fall 2013 Workshop Series: Crystallography Albuquerque, NM
ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013 Las Vegas, NV
Winter Working Connections 2013 Frisco, TX

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 submit them online.

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

News & Reminders

PI Conference App Coming Soon!

If you have a mobile device, keep an eye out for the free annual PI Conference App, which will be available for download later this month.

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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