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In This Issue

Featured Resources in Manufacturing

From the National STEM Guitar Project:

Guitar Primer

This resource provides an introduction to the basic parts of the guitar and the manufacturing process. Detailed diagrams are included that illustrate the terminology for the various parts of a guitar. The document goes on to relate different styles of guitars to their various manufacturers, and a variety of links to manufacturer websites are also included. The guitar's bridge, scale length, head stock design, and some of the more complicated aspects of guitar craftsmanship are discussed in this interesting introduction to the manufacturing of guitars.

From Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM):

Design in 3D

This course component, provided by the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM), contains valuable information and reference material on 3D (three-dimensional) printing. On this page, users will learn about the basics of design and prototyping for 3D printers. "All 3D objects begin with an idea and a design. Designs can begin as a simple sketch on a piece of paper or as a drawing in a 3D drawing program on a tablet or computer. The design tools available today range from simple mobile Apps that are easy to use to complex software applications requiring powerful desktop computers." Several links to software applications for 3D design are available, as well as a TED Talks video, and links to several resources which include industry applications, case studies, and software recommendations. Users must create a free login before viewing this resource.

From Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT):

Aluminum in Commercial Vehicles

This manual created by the European Aluminium Association is a comprehensive compilation of aluminum use in commercial applications. Discussed are application, design, joining, treatment, cleaning, repair, and various methods of processing aluminum. Although this report is of particular interest to design engineers, process engineers, repair managers and maintenance managers, it’s also very useful to anyone interested in aluminum development and use in transportation.

Community Connection

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Accessing Content from the 2014 ATE PI Conference

This year’s ATE PI Conference in Washington, DC brought together hundreds of representatives from projects, centers, NSF, AACC, and industry partners as well as students to share successes, learn from each other, and celebrate the various components that make up the wonderful ATE community.

The conference theme, Navigating the Future of Advanced Technological Education: Developing Leaders, Broadening Impact, highlighted numerous possibilities for advanced technological education. Plenary sessions featured keynote speakers Keith J. Masback, Esther J. Cepeda, Mark Mitsui, and Chandra Brown, as well as a wonderful tribute to retiring NSF program directors Duncan McBride and Gerhard Salinger. Additionally, roundtable discussions, workshops, and informational sessions focused on diverse topics from archiving to training renewable energy technicians to engaging STEM students outside of the classroom. A complete listing of the conference agenda is available at the AACC website if you didn’t manage to make it to all of the sessions.

The showcases this year were lively, and offered a welcoming space to connect and share information and outcomes with others in the community. Projects, centers and students provided materials about their tremendous work and initiatives during these informal sessions, and NSF staff were readily available to answer questions and connect with ATE grantees.

For those hoping to follow up after attending the sessions as well as those unable to make it this year, conference presentations, videos, and photographs will be available on the conference website, so check back soon! Additionally, handouts from ATE Central’s presentations and showcase are available on the ATE Central website.

Tablet and Notebook

ATE Success Tips: Outreach

Outreach and dissemination are essential components of demonstrating the broader impacts of your project or center’s work. Many of us consider the ATE PI Conference one of the best venues to learn about outreach planning from peers and community experts, to consider new audiences, and to share outreach successes and challenges. This year’s meeting placed a special emphasis on the powers of outreach, with keynote speakers and many sessions including sections on outreach efforts, strategies, and successes.

Now is a great time to revisit or start afresh with your outreach plans. Check out the ATE Central Outreach Quick-Start Guide for a great tool to help you with your first steps or explore the more detailed and in-depth ATE Outreach Kit for special support for new projects or centers curious about how to fulfill outreach and dissemination requirements of ATE grants.


Did You Know?

According to the Community College League of California, more than 1/2 of California veterans receiving GI educational benefits attend a community college.

More on veteran education in ATE:
OP-TEC Veteran Education and Training

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
Ag/Env Intermediate Brewing Workshop Dobson, NC
Upcoming Events
Gen Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium Dobson, NC
Info North Texas Community College Technology Forum 2014 Frisco, TX
Info Web Mapping Development Using the ArcGIS Javascript Watsonville, CA
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop Dobson, NC
Info STEMtech Conference Denver, CO
Gen Essentials 1 & 2: FIREWALL Installation, Configuration, & Management Online
Nano Hands-on Introduction to Nanotechnology for Educators University Park - State College, Pennsylvania
Mfg FABTECH Exposition 2014 Atlanta, GA
Eng Project Based Learning in Introductory Physics Workshop Avondale, AZ
Eng ACTE CareerTech VISION 2014 Nashville, TN
Eng North American LNG Exports Conference Houston, TX
Bio/Chem CCURI Regional Poster Session and Bio-Link Conference Charlotte, NC
Info National CyberWatch Center: Building Enrollments Online
Bio/Chem NIH Community College Day 2014 Bethesda, MD
Info Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Orlando, FL
Eng Concrete Masonry Technology Alpena, MI
Gen 2014 Executive Leadership Institute Phoenix, AZ
Gen Essentials 1 & 2: FIREWALL Installation, Configuration, & Management [DUPLICATE] Online
Eng Vibrapac® Alpena, MI
Info Winter Working Connections 2014 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.

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News & Reminders

Share your STEM-based solutions with NSF’s Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC)

The National Science Foundation invites teams of community college students to identify key problems and propose innovative solutions in the areas of big data, broadening participation in STEM, sustainability, improving STEM education, and infrastructure security in their Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). CCIC finalists will be invited to an Innovation Boot Camp and compete to win cash prizes. Deadline to submit: , via the challenge website. Check out this video for more information:

DOE Community College Internship (CCI) Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2015!

The DOE’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) supports workforce training programs designed to motivate students and educators in the pursuit of science-related careers. Each year the WDTS offers numerous internship opportunities for students, including the Community College Internship (CCI) Program. Instructions for applying and access to the online application can be found here. Mark your calendars- the deadline to apply is at 5:00pm ET.

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