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In This Issue


Featured Robotics Resources

From Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM):

STEM/Robotics Camp Handbook: A “How To” Promising Practices Guide to Summer STEM CAMPS

This 28-page STEM/Robotics Camp Promising Practices Guide from CARCAM, the Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing, is directed at those educators or STEM professionals who would like to be guided "through the process of planning, developing, and offering successful STEM/Robotics Camps for high school students interested in automated manufacturing..." Garnered from nine years of Southern Automotive Corridor colleges in the CARCAM consortium 's own experience in sponsoring summer robotic camps, this guide outlines camp purposes and goals as well as such administrative tasks as funding the camps, finding a location, getting the equipment needed, and conducting communications. The appendices include document templates and examples, including camp flyers, release forms, participation certificates, and follow-up surveys.

From National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME):

Robotics Academy

Based at Carnegie Mellon University, the Robotics Academy is designed to help young people learn about the world of robotics through interactive activities, videos, and lesson plans. First-time visitors can check in on the "Educators" area to learn about the STEM-based curriculum and educational standards used throughout the site's materials. In the "Curriculum" area, visitors can view video clips that address robotic engineering, along with lesson plans. Some of the curricular activities here are also available in Spanish. Visitors should also check out their blog, as it features highlights from events like the VEX Robotics World Championships and upcoming online chat sessions. Also the site contains building instructions and details on how to enter the aforementioned VEX Robotics championships, which encourage students and hobbyists to build real robots.

From Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC):

NASA Robotics Alliance Project

This website, hosted by the National Aeronautics Air and Space Administration (NASA), serves as a landing page for the organization’s Robotics Alliance Project Mission, which exists "to create a human, technical, and programmatic resource of robotic capabilities to enable the implementation of future robotic space exploration missions." Visitors to this site will find information about the center's goals, objectives, and alliances in addition to job opportunities in robotics at NASA and a variety of resources for educators and students.

Archiving Webinar Screenshot

Community Connection

ATE Central Webinar: The Importance of Digital Archiving for ATE

Working with MATEC NetWorks, last month ATE Central provided an online presentation on the importance of digital archiving for the ATE Community. The complete webinar, which runs just over 75 minutes in length, is now available for viewing.

Rachael Bower and Kendra Bouda reviewed what digital archiving is, why archiving benefits ATE, and how ATE Central can help with your project or center’s archiving efforts. Whether you’re just getting started with ATE, or you’ve been part of the community for a while, this webinar can be a helpful resource, providing helpful information about sustaining your project or center’s deliverables beyond the life of your ATE funding.

Curious about what was covered? These five questions offer a sneak peek:

What is an archive?

  • An archive is a collection of materials – often comprised of primary source documents – that has been preserved for its enduring value. For ATE, the Archive is a virtual space where deliverables and select administrative documents are collected, stored, and made available in digital format.

Why should I archive?

  • No matter how far along you are in meeting the goals of your project or center, dissemination and continued access to the materials you create are vital. By archiving your materials with ATE Central, your colleagues and fellow ATE grantees can benefit from the easy access that a central archive provides.

Am I required to archive with ATE Central?

  • While we encourage all ATE grantees to consider archiving their material, the requirement applies to new grantees that have applied and received funding under solicitation NSF 14-577. Additionally, those who receive new funding (e.g. a center that transitions from regional to national or from national to support center; or a project or center that receives a second round of funding) are also required to archive deliverables created under the new award.

If I am required to archive with ATE Central, what must I archive?

  • The deliverables created by your project or center will make up the majority of your archival material. Depending on the scope of your project or center’s work, this might include course content, informational videos, research reports, or other items created during the lifecycle of your grant.

When should I get started and how do I plan for archiving with ATE Central?

  • The earlier the better! The sooner you prepare to archive with ATE Central, the easier it will be. Ideally, you’ll start planning to archive before you create your very first deliverable. But don’t feel discouraged if you are mid-grant or even at the end of your grant and haven’t started archiving. The archiving checklist, discussed in detail in the webinar, will help guide you through the process.

In addition to these questions, the webinar covers an array of other concerns, such as specific guidelines for submitting resources to the Archive.

More information about the ATE Central Archiving Service can be found on the ATE Central portal. For specific questions about archiving, don’t hesitate to contact Metadata and Information Specialist Kendra Bouda, at

Social Media Cheetsheet

ATE Success Tips: Social Media

How to Optimize Images for Social Media

For many ATE projects and centers, having a strong social media presence is an important component of our outreach efforts. From Facebook to LinkedIn to Twitter, these platforms offer a great space to share the latest news, increase audience awareness, and build a sense of community. As windows into the work being done by your project or center, profile and banner images are instrumental in the way we present our work. However, navigating the unique image requirements of each individual outlet can be daunting.

This vibrant infographic serves as a one-stop shop, providing dimensions and general guidelines for choosing images best suited for eight of the most popular social media sites.

College Fund

Did You Know?

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, annual tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 academic year averaged $3,430 for public community colleges, compared to $9,410 for in-state students at public 4-year colleges.

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
Bio/Chem Bioscience Industrial Fellowship Project Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Nano SCME Hands-online Microsystems Academy: Micro Pressure Sensors Online
Mfg STEM Guitar Building Institute College Station, TX
Ag/Env Great Environmental Safety Training Institute Davenport, IA
Bio/Chem Infrastructure and Training to Bring Next-generation Sequence (NGS) Analysis Into Undergraduate Educ Online
Info An Introduction to Geospatial Intelligence: Why Remote Sensing is Becoming More Important Louisville, KY
Info Field Data Collection Louisville, KY
Bio/Chem Community College Program at BIO 2016 San Francisco, CA
Info Summer Working Connections North Appleton, WI
Info Multispectral Imagery - Introduction to remote sensing concepts and use of imagery Louisville, KY
Info Web Map Creation: Using Services, ArcGIS Online and Open Source Louisville, KY
Upcoming Events
Eng TSTC Summer Institute Waco, TX
Info National Cyber Summit Huntsville, AL
Info National Cyber Summit Huntsville, AL
Info An Introduction to Drones: Getting to Know sUAS Lingo and Safety Louisville, KY
Info Introduction to Open Source GIS: QGIS Louisville, KY
Bio/Chem 2016 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum Berkeley, CA
Info Open Educational Forum Louisville, KY
Eng TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 Novi, MI
Mfg National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers 2016 Summer Workshop Blountville, TN
Eng Building Automation Systems Workshop V: Lab Setup & Exercises Clarkston, GA
Info National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence GeoEd '16 Conference Louisville, KY
Ag/Env RCNET Summer Institute Asheville, NC
Gen STEM Entrepreneurship Education Workshop New York, New York
Eng ITS America 2016 San Jose, CA
Eng The Garden Party Southeast Michigan Rochester, MI
Mfg Advanced Transportation Fuels Summer Academy Owensboro, Kentucky
Ag/Env CO Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - Denver Broomfield, COlorado
Info The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) Philadelphia, PA
Mfg 4-Axis CNC Milling Teacher Training with Curriculum Auburn, ME
Mfg S.T.A.R. Camp St. Cloud, MN
Mfg Advanced Manufacturing Summer Institute for ROBOTICS Tampa, FL
Nano Self-Powered Wearable Devices for Monitoring Personal Health Online
Mfg Digital Fabrication Workshop White Bear Lake, MN
Mfg Digital Fabrication Workshop St. Paul, MN
Mfg Southern Automotive Workforce Solutions Summit Huntsville, AL
Ag/Env CO Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - Palisade Palisade, CO
Gen WomenTech Educators National Institute Emeryville, California
Gen National Leadership and Skills Conference Louisville, Kentucky
Mfg STEM Guitar Building Institute Hampton, VA
Info Summer Working Connections South Jacksonville, FL
Info Summer Working Connections South Jacksonville, FL
Mfg 5-Axis CNC Milling with Curriculum Auburn, ME
Eng TSTC Summer Institute Waco, TX
Bio/Chem ComGen Workshop 2016 Bellevue, WA
Eng Digital Fabrication Workshop St. Paul, MN
Info The 8th Annual NGTC Geospatial Technology Summer Workshop San Diego, CA
Mfg 7th Annual FLATE Summer Camp for Teachers: Alternative Energy - It's Hot! Tampa, FL
Eng American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition New Orleans, LA
Eng SMART Maritime and Transportation Institute Pasadena, TX
Mfg Live Tooling CNC Lathe Teacher Training Auburn, ME
Bio/Chem Protein is Cash: Introduction to Biomanufacturing Newtown, PA
Mfg STEM Guitar Building Institute Fairless Hills, PA
Mfg STEM Guitar Building Workshop Marietta, GA
Bio/Chem Barcode Long Island Educator Workshop Upton, NY
Nano 2016 MNT Conference Albany, NY
Eng Digital Fabrication Workshop St. Paul, MN
Eng Herring Gut Aquaponics Workshop Port Clyde, ME
Gen Chat Series: S&T Policy Fellowship Opportunities for Health & Medical Professionals Online
Gen Obesity: From Biology to Policy Washington, DC
Nano SCME Hands-online Microsystems Academy: Science of Thin Films Online
Ag/Env 2016 STEM Educator Solar Institute Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Education and Training Madison, WI
Eng Digital Fabrication Workshop St. Paul, MN
Info Incorporating Weather and Climate Into GIS Curricula Workshop Boulder, Colorado
Mfg LEGO® Mindstorms® Workshop and Curriculum Integration Tampa, FL
Eng Summer Marine Lab Experience for High School Students Avalon, CA
Eng SMART Maritime and Transportation Institute Norfolk, VA
Eng Pufferfish ROV Workshop: Introductory Level Monterey, CA
Bio/Chem 2016 Summer Institute for Science Teachers PART 1 New York City, New York
Mfg 5-Axis CNC Milling Teacher Training Auburn, ME
Mfg Engineering Technology Challenge's Summer Teacher Dissemination Workshop Farmington, CT
Mfg STEM Guitar Building Workshop Bend, OR
Info Summer Working Connections Texas Frisco, TX
Mfg 5-Axis CNC Milling with Curriculum Auburn, ME
Bio/Chem Barcode Long Island Educator Workshop Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Eng TSTC Summer Institute Waco, TX
Mfg STEM Teacher PD Owensboro, Ky
Eng SMART Maritime and Transportation Institute Arnold, MD
Mfg HTEC 2016 - The Next Dynamic Decade: Making Complicated Easy Auburn, Maine
Nano Community College Instructors Summer Institute Raleigh, NC
Bio/Chem 2016 Summer Institute for Science Teachers 2016 Summer Institute for Science Teachers PART 2 New York City, New York
Bio/Chem NBC2 mini-BIOMAN Conference Graham, NC
Info Community College Cyber Summit 2016 Pittsburgh, PA
Eng Triggerfish ROV Workshop: Intermediate Level Monterey, CA
Nano 2016 HI-TEC Conference Pittsburgh, PA
Eng 2016 SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge Warren, MI
Mfg Fusion Integrated CAD/CAM Level 1 Auburn, ME
Mfg STEM Guitar Building Workshop Kankakee, IL
Ag/Env PETE/CCCHST 2016 Refresher Saint Louis, Missouri
Gen Chat Series: S&T Policy Fellowship Opportunities for Engineers, Comp. Scientists & Mathematicians Online
Ag/Env RCNET Summer Institute Idaho Falls, ID
Eng CAR Management Briefing Seminars Acme, MI
Bio/Chem Barcode Long Island Educator Workshop Stony Brook, NY
Mfg STEM Guitar Building Institute Lynnwood, WA
Info Broadening Advanced Technological Educational Connections (BATEC) National Summer Institute Boston, MA
Info Two-Day Geospatial Workshop Rochester, NY
Eng Apprenticeships and Internships webinar Online
Eng Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit 2016 Detroit, MI
Gen Enhance Your Career via the S&T Policy Fellowships: Revelle Fellowship Online
Eng SPIE Optics + Photonics San Diego, CA

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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.

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 3.9.0 beta) 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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