Advanced Technological Education ·

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In This Issue

Featured Resources in Nanotechnology

From the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN):

How Dry am I? Exploring Biomimicry and Nanotechnology Lesson

This inquiry lesson teaches students about the properties of materials, specifically they will learn about superhydrophobic-coated materials in contrast to uncoated materials. This contains a teacher's preparatory guide with lesson diagrams, pictures, material lists, and detailed procedures. Additionally, there is a student work sheet to guide students through preparing and completing the lab. There is also a document containing scanning electron images of lotus and magnolia leaves that could be used in an instructional presentation.

From the Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC):

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The Atlas of Nanotechnology is a "super-ontology" of nanoscience, nanoindustry, and nanoeducation. The goal of the Atlas of Nanotechnology is to link nanoindustry work skills to nano curriculum and training for intelligent design and management of workforce development efforts. The central terminology or domain topic map ensures that the entire space of nanotechnology is mapped, including both foundational subjects as well as technology specific areas, such as nanobiotechnology, nanoelectronics, and nanomedicine.

From MatEd: National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education:

Carbon Nanotubes in Our Everyday Lives

The objective of this learning activity is to "create an awareness of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and how their use in future applications within the field of nanotechnology can benefit our society." This will be achieved through the use of hands-on models that explore bonding and molecular geometry. Furthermore, the creation of carbon nanotubes from carbon sheets will be demonstrated using folded sheets of paper. This sixteen-page document explains the Materials and Equipment Needed, Module Procedure, Assessment, and Teaching Resources necessary for this activity.

Community Connection

A Meeting

Preparing for the ATE PI Conference: -, 2014

For projects and centers old and new, the annual PI conference offers a chance to share experiences, collaborate, learn, and meet other members of the ATE community. While the actual conference will not take place until October, now is a great time to make sure you're prepared. Keep in mind that registration and hotel reservations are due .

ATE Central is here to help! As you're getting ready to attend, here is some information you may find useful:

  • Resource/Project/Center Records. Now is a great time to look at the description of your project or center and its resources on ATE Central. Let us know if you have new resource URLs, a new project description, other social media outlets, or a website we should know about. We can best support and amplify your efforts when we have up-to-date information about your project or center and its deliverables.
  • Activity Reports. ATE Central sends out quarterly Activity Reports that communicate data about project and center presence and usage of project and center deliverables on the ATE Central site. You are free to use this information however you wish. It is our hope, however, that the Activity Reports will support and inform your ongoing outreach efforts.
  • Events. Now is a great time to update your upcoming events. In addition to posting these on your website or through various social media outlets, make sure all your events are on the ATE events calendar. If you notice your event does not appear, please submit it here.
  • Archiving. The ATE Central archiving service is available to all ATE projects and centers as part of the support provided to the ATE community in executing data management and digital curation efforts. Having an archiving plan in place means that your hard work will have longevity beyond the course of your project or center’s funding period. We are committed to working with projects and centers to help with plans that work for everyone and encourage you to contact to develop an archiving plan tailored to your needs.
  • Outreach Kit. The ATE Central Outreach Kit can help projects and centers come up with an outreach plan or some specific outreach ideas. Leading up to the PI meeting, the Communication section of the Outreach Kit might be particularly helpful: it includes tips on creating a mission statement and designing key messages so you can get the word out about your project or center.
  • ATE@20 Books. Last year the ATE@20 Book + Blog launch was received by the community with an exorbitant amount of enthusiasm. Whether you received free copies of the ATE@20 book to promote your project or center’s efforts and need more, or you never got around to ordering some but would like to push them out on your campus or to industry partners now, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Just send an email to and we are happy to help you spread the word.
  • PI Meeting App. Plan which sessions to attend and track your PI meeting experiences with the annual PI meeting app. This year's app will be available in October, so keep an eye out for it on the ATE Central PI Conference page.

Please contact us at and let us know how we can support your ongoing efforts. We look forward to seeing you in DC!

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Spotlight on ATE Central Services: Sustainability Workshops and Webinars

ATE Central regularly connects with the community to better understand the impacts and challenges of being an ATE grantee, and to ensure that the services and tools created as part of ATE Central are useful to ATE projects and centers. In response to surveys and interviews in which PIs named sustainability as their number one challenge and the number one area they’d like support in, ATE Central is conducting a series of sustainability workshops and webinars over the next four years.

This month, please join Nancy Maron, Program Director of Sustainability and Scholarly Communications at Ithaka S&R (, and Rachael Bower, Director and PI of ATE Central (, for a kick off webinar that provides an overview of sustainability issues of interest to ATE projects and centers. Key topics include the importance of defining what sustainability means in relation to your specific project or center deliverables and goals, how understanding your audience relates to sustainability planning, and why measuring the impact of what you’re doing is critical to the process.

Webinar Details


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Additionally, the first workshop in the series will be held on at the PI meeting – sign up when you register for the meeting. We look forward to having you be part of this critical ongoing discussion!

Did You Know?

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ATE Events

Upcoming Events
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Gen Sustaining Your ATE Project or Center Online
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Nano Nanotechnology Course Resources I: Safety, Processing, and Materials State College, Pennsylvania
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Gen Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 28th Annual Conference Denver, CO
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Nano Nanotechnology Course Resources II: Patterning, Characterization, and Applications State College, Pennsylvania
Gen American Association of Community Colleges John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute Washington, DC,
Mfg 2014 Southern Automotive Conference Birmingham, AL
Eng NCATC Fall 2014 Conference: Making It: Energizing the Manufacturing Workforce through Innovation Houston, TX
Gen Mentor-Connect: Cohort Application Deadline Online
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Mfg National Career Pathways Annual Conference: Building Capacity: Aligning for the Future Orlando, Florida
Eng OSA Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science Tucson, AZ
Eng Recycled Materials Alpena, MI
Info 2014 New York State GeoSpatial Summit Skaneateles Falls, NY
Gen ATE Conference 2014 Washington, DC,
Eng Spatial Analysis and Modeling Workshop Part 1 Watsonville, CA
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop Green Bay, WI
Eng NCWE Annual Conference: Casting Relationships, Forging Partnerships Pittsburgh, PA

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.

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News & Reminders

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