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In This Issue


Featured Resources in Next Generation Manufacturing

From Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing:

3d Printing: Manufacturing by Design

This curriculum development resource, provided by the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM), contains valuable information and reference material on 3d (three-dimensional) printing. This page includes a video, a list of 3d printing resources and online tools, as well as links to several individual modules related to 3d printing. This "model curriculum" is designed to introduce the current state of the art in 3D printing, how it works, how it's used and how it may lead us into the future of personalized manufacturing. The curriculum is designed to be used in a "blended" learning environment with a teacher and students utilizing the online resources in a classroom or lab. Users must create a free login before viewing this resource.

From Advanced Technological Education Television (ATETV) :

ATETV 101 Series: Inside the World of Manufacturing Today

ATETV produces excellent web-based videos spotlighting advanced technical careers and educational programs. This video, part of the 101 Series, shows that at GE Aviation and Land O'Frost, the work of multi-skilled technicians extends beyond the assembly line to supporting production, maintaining equipment, troubleshooting computers and much more. The video runs 2:47 and related videos can be found on the page to explore more information.

From Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE):

Teamwork in Modern Manufacturing

This presentation from the Florida Advanced Technological Education (FLATE) Center uses the example of a business (Featherlite Luxury Coaches) to demonstrate careers in manufacturing. The presentation focuses on how teams are assembled and how each team accomplishes given tasks to support the overall goals of the business. The teams discussed include Management & Planning, Design & Engineering, Service & Maintenance, Installation & Systems Verification, Finishing & Painting, Sales & Marketing, and Metals Fabrication & Welding. At the end of the presentation, teamwork activities and discussion questions are provided.

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 with one another - sharing experiences, collaborating, and learning together. For those of you who are new to the ATE community, there are a variety of resources to help support the work of your project or center – from evaluation to dissemination.

EvaluATE acts as the evaluation resource center for the ATE program. They provide a variety of useful resources and activities for grantees related to evaluation. Check out their site to visit the resource library or sign up for an upcoming webinar.

Visit this site to find a diverse range of freely available video content – both full segments and clips that highlight a variety of ATE related topics from automotive to nanotechnology.

ATE Central
Our own ATE Central site provides support on outreach and dissemination techniques, archiving support, an ATE events calendar and much more. For more ways that ATE Central can assist your project or center, be sure to check out the ATE Grantees section of the What Can ATE Central Do for Me? page on ATE Central.

Getting Started Workshop
New community members should also make sure to attend 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, and evaluation. ATE Central will be presenting at the session, so feel free to ask any questions you might have there or come visit us at our showcase booth (#002).

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ATE Success Tips: Social Media

How often should your project or center be posting on Facebook?

These days, most organizations have a presence on Facebook. And most of us know that one of the keys to successful use of social media is regular posting of new and interesting content in order to engage followers and attract new ones; but how much is "regular" exactly? According to Jan Rezab, the CEO of Socialbakers, there is no exact ideal number, but there is a range. The optimal number of posts is between 5 -10 per week, so, if your project or center is averaging around one post a day, you're in great shape! Remember, if you would like to post to social media when you're out of the office, there are numerous tools at your disposal. Try a resource like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to schedule your post. These sites are very user-friendly and will make it easier to accomplish your posting goals.

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Did You Know?

Tennessee has the first statewide program in the U.S. to offer tuition-free community or technical college for every high school graduate who meets the criteria. The program is known as the "Tennessee Promise," and it is similar in structure to the program that President Obama would like to implement on a national level. For more information, check out this article from the Christian Science Monitor.

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
Eng Writing for Environmental Professionals Online
Ag/Env NRGY 241 - Alternative Fuels Missoula, MT
Eng Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning - Training Course Online
Mfg Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing Online
Eng Get SMART! Impact Workshop Norfolk, VA
Eng Maritime Education and Training Summit A Collaboration for the Industry's Future Linthicum Heights, MD
Gen SCUP 2015 North Central Regional Conference Columbus, OH
Eng Intermediate Environmental Social Marketing Strategy Online
Upcoming Events
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - Texas Bryan, TX
Nano China's Science and Technology Policy - Can It Succeed? Tempe, AZ
Mfg Fab Lab Open House Appleton, WI
Eng NCATC 2015 Fall Conference St. Louis, MO
Gen Project 2061 Workshop: Developing and Using Assessments Aligned to Science Learning Goals Washington, DC
Gen Project Access Workshop at Orange County Department of Education Costa Mesa, CA
Eng WEBINAR: Resources for Educators of Building Technicians Online
Gen Resources for Educators of Building Technicians Online
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop - Texas Bryan, TX
Gen SCUP 2015 Southern Regional Conference Fort Worth, TX
Nano Curriculum Delivery Workshops: Course Resources II: Patterning, Characterization, and Applications University Park, PA
Eng SPIE Optifab Rochester, NY
Eng National Council for Workforce Education Annual Conference: Workforce Education for All! Portland, OR
Gen Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs Columbia, MO
Mfg Southern Automotive Conference Nashville, TN
Gen GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Spokane, WA
Eng OSA Frontiers in Optics Laser Science San Jose, CA
Info 26th Annual Virginia GIS Conference Charlottesville, VA
Mfg Alabama Joint Leadership Development Conference Birmingham, AL
Info ATE PI Conference Washington, DC
Info Guidancefest Wilburton, OK
Info Guidancefest Lawton, OK
Gen STEM Equity Pipeline Webinar: Does Gender Matter in Peer-Learning? Online
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop - OK El Reno, OK
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
Gen Research Expereinces for Undergraduate Sympsoium (REUS) Arlington, VA
Gen NCSD National Conference - Refocus, Resiliency, and Renewal Baltimore, MD
Ag/Env Spatial Models for Distance Sampling Data Durham, NC
Eng Get SMART! Impact Workshop Norfolk, VA
Mfg National Career Pathways Network Conference: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity Dallas, TX
Info Project Lead the Way Counselor Conference 2015 Sapulpa, OK
Gen Climate Science, 50 Years Later Washington, D.C.
Eng NAMEPA Annual Conference New York, NY
Info Content Is King: National CyberWatch Center Curriculum Updated & What It Means for Your Institution Online
Info STEMtech Conference Phoenix, Arizona
Mfg Materials in STEM (M-STEM) Cocoa Beach, Florida
Eng American Association of Port Authorities Annual Convention Miami, Florida
Info National Initiative for CyberSecurity Education Conference and Expo San Diego, CA
Eng 5th World Maritime Technology Conference Providence, RI
Info Continuing Teacher Academy Session Owasso, OK
Gen NSF Cyberlearning Solicitation Webinar Online
Gen I Think: Human Experimentation - The Tuskegee Syphilis Study Cleveland, OH
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - KS Olathe, Kansas
Eng STEM Educators Workshop Fort Pierce, FL
Eng Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Santa Cruz, CA
Gen Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute Greensboro, NC
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop - AR Ozark, AR
Nano 2015 SNO Conference Portland, OR
Eng Get SMART! Impact Workshop Norfolk, VA
Gen Leading with Goals Workshop Cleveland, OH
Mfg FABTECH Show Chicago, IL
Info Massachusetts STEM Summit 2015 Worcester, MA
Nano 2015 ATMAE Conference: Building Bridges Pittsburgh, PA
Nano Conference for the Advancement of Science Teachers Fort Worth, TX
Eng Get SMART! Impact Workshop Norfolk, VA
Gen AAAS Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy Washington, D.C.
Info CareerTech Women in Leadership Lawson, OK
Nano Hands-on Introduction to Nanotechnology for Educators University Park, PA
Info NTHS State Leadership Conference Norman, OK
Eng SMART Maritime Technologies Consortium Meeting Virginia Beach, VA
Eng NCTIETA 2015 T&I Fall Professional Development Workshop Atlantic Beach, NC
Eng ACTE CareerTech VISION 2015 New Orleans, LA
Eng Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Part 1 Santa Cruz, CA
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop - PA Harrisburg, PA
Info Stop.Think.Connect Program Online
Eng International Workboat Show/ WorkBoat Annual Conference New Orleans, LA
Eng Robotics, Engineering, & Technology Days Warren, Michigan
Nano NSTA Area Conference on Science Education Kansas City, MO
Mfg Dream It. Do It. Northern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament Bemidji, Minnesota
Info CareerTech Women in Leadership Broken Arrow, OK
Eng VCCS Hire Education Annual Conference Roanoke, VA
Info Winter Working Connection Frisco, TX
Mfg Dream It. Do It. Metro Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament Osseo, Minnesota

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

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.

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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. The latest version (CWIS 3.2.0) was released on and is available for download on the Scout site. Please email if you have any questions or would like a quick tour of its features!

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