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In This Issue


Featured Resources in Space Technologies

From SpaceTEC:

From Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC):

Imagine the Universe Lesson Plans

The Educators' Corner, from Imagine the Universe out of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, contains astronomy and space science lesson plans and resources for middle and high school students. Lesson plans cover the topics of frequency and wavelength, x-ray spectroscopy, supernova chemistry, and more. Each lesson plan includes a suggested grade level, estimated time to complete the lesson, a summary and objective, and detailed steps. Lesson plans are organized in a table that can be sorted by title, subject, grade level or math or science standards.

From Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing and Engineering (TIME) Center:

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Community Connection

Recently Released on the ATE@20 Blog

The ATE@20 blog began as a way to commemorate the first twenty years of NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program. Now in its third year, the ATE@20 blog continues to focus on the many accomplishments of the ATE community while highlighting research findings of note, important opportunities, and helpful tips.

Recent posts have covered the following topics:

Entries are posted bi-monthly, so be sure to check in regularly to discover a wealth of information about the high-impact work being done by ATE projects and centers and of value to all of us in the education community.

If you have a story to share or an accomplishment to highlight on the blog, we would love to hear about it - let us know by sending an email to


ATE Success Tips: Outreach

Using Canva to Create Quick Outreach Materials

When distributing outreach materials, it's no secret that the use of interesting and eye-catching graphics can make your project/center stand out among the rest. Unfortunately, developing such a graphic is often a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive task for anyone who isn't an expert at graphic design. If your project or center is looking to create an impressive looking graphic quickly and at no cost, Canva might be a good option. The online graphic design tool hosts a variety of pre-sized templates that can be used for social media, blogs, email, presentations, posters, and more.

For more information about Canva, including a QuickGuide on how to use the site, check out this Evalu-ATE blog post by Emma Perk!


Did You Know?

According to US News & World Report, there are four degrees that are better to earn at a community college than at a four-year institution; these degrees are in engineering technology, radiation & medical imaging, plumbing & heating, and dental hygiene.

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
Nano SCME Hands-online Microsystems Academy: Crystallography with Bulk Micromachining Online
Gen SREE Spring 2016 Conference Washington, DC
Info SIGCSE 2016 Memphis, TN
Gen Change Agents Workshop Williamsburg, VA
Gen SXSWedu 2016 Austin, TX
Upcoming Events
Info Good Geographic Practices for the New Framework (7-12) Newark, NY
Gen Am I Sustainable? An Overview of Key Steps Towards Finding a Sustainability Model Online
Mfg HTEC – CNC Machining Educators Conference Sarasota, FL
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - PA Lancaster, PA
Mfg Guitar Building Workshop for Educators, Students and Hobbyists Mesa, AZ
Gen 2016 NSF CAREER Program Informational Webinar Online
Gen Strategies for STEM—Solving the Education Equation, Part 2: Increase Student Access, Educational Equ Online
Mfg NSF Workshop on Additive Manufacturing for Health Arlington, VA
Info Western Regional Collegiate Cyberdefense Competition Pomona, CA
Eng 2016 Innovations Conference Chicago, IL
Mfg Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Fab Labs & Makerspaces Bentonville, Arkansas
Info Mount Vernon Regional GIS Symposium for Historical Resources Mount Vernon, VA
Gen Evaluation for Small Projects: Live Webinar Online
Info Communities of Practice: Secrets of Successful Implementations Part II Online
Eng TU-Automotive Cybersecurity USA 2016 Novi, MI
Bio/Chem Genomics in Education Workshop Carbondale, IL
Info Women in Cyber Security Conference Dallas, TX
Gen National Conference in Nashville: Science: Empowering Performance Nasheville, TN
Mfg Engineering Technology Forum Leesburg, FL
Nano SCME Hands-online Microsystems Academy: Microcantilevers Online
Gen Funding Beyond the Grant: Finding the Best-Fit Funding Model for Your Project or Center Online
Info 30th Anniversary National Conference on Undergraduate Research Asheville, NC
Gen Get 2 IT Parma, OH
Gen AACC Annual Convention Chicago, IL
Gen National Summit for Educational Equity Alexandria, VA
Eng Internet of Things North America Schaumburg, IL
Gen 2016 Forum on Science & Technology Policy Washington, DC
Gen Know your Audience, the Rest Will Follow: A Deeper Dive into Audience Assessment Online
Gen Preparing Forms for your NSF ATE Proposal: Live Webinar Online
Gen Threat Intelligence Webinar Online
Nano SCME Hands-online Microsystems Academy: BioMEMS Applications Online
Mfg MFG4 Hartford, CT
Gen The Funding Environment: From Funder Mandates to Industry Partnerships Online
Gen Science Diplomacy 2016 Washington, DC
Eng 2016 CAAT Conference: The Road to Autonomous Vehicles Warren, MI
Info Good Practice in Geography for Elementary Grades Newark, NY
Eng Future Connected Cars USA Santa Clara, CA
Gen 2016 Expo Fest Wallingford, CT
Info Y.E.L.L. Female Summit Des Moines, WA
Eng Women in Transportation Annual Conference Austin, TX
Mfg 4-Axis CNC Milling Teacher Training Auburn, ME
Eng National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Conference Orlando, FL

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

Consider participating in the Bioscience Industrial Fellowship Project (BIFP) June 1-24, 2016.

The Bioscience Industrial Fellowship Project (BIFP) is a four week observational fellowship program where selected instructors will reside in Winston – Salem, North Carolina for the month of June 2016. During their stay, they will visit NC Biosciences industrial facilities, community colleges and university labs and research parks. Working in pairs, up to twelve awardees will write about their experiences and produce contextualized modules as grant products. For more information please contact Russ Read, or Allison Nestor, at the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce. Applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis for those who meet the requirements.

Registration is still open for the 2016 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education!

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is holding its third Summit on Improvement in Education March 22-24, 2016 in San Francisco! Join other innovative thinkers and dedicated practitioners to learn new ideas for transformative teaching and learning in science and other fields.

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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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