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In This Issue


Featured Resources in Network Security

From CSEC:

Network Security

This course on Network Security requires students to perform laboratory assignments in securing networks and operating systems in order to learn about "network communications from a security standpoint" and "hardware and software security solutions." Links are provided to learn more about the Major Topics Covered, Course Learning Objectives, and Course Outline. The Course Outline includes a list of possible careers that require the knowledge gained from this course as well as related textbooks.

From DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students:

From Convergence Technology Center (CTC):

Certified Wireless Network Administrator Curriculum

The Convergence Technology Center has made its Certified Wireless Network Administrator curriculum available online. From this page, educators can access the syllabus, the outline of learning activities and PowerPoint presentations as well as links to sample learning activities. Some of the topics covered include: wireless standards and networks, network security, WLAN and LAN, wireless devices, and high throughput. If you are an educator who would like to gain full access to the complete curriculum, you may email (further instructions for access are available on the site).

HITEC Screenshot

Community Connection

A Closer Look at HI-TEC and the 2016 Keynote Speakers

Each summer, the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) invites secondary and post-secondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians to come together and update their knowledge and skills about advanced technological education. Now in its eighth year, conference attendees have the option to choose from twenty pre-conference workshops and industry site tours during the first two days, followed by the two-day main conference featuring keynote speakers, 60+ breakout sessions, and an exhibit hall.

This year’s conference will be held July 25-28 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Here is a closer look at the upcoming keynote presentations.

Jerry Volcy and the SpelBots
The first of this year’s keynote presentations, which will take place on Wednesday, July 27th at 8:30am, comes from Spelman College, a four-year women’s college in Atlanta, Georgia with a long list of notable alumnae. One of the oldest and consistently ranked as one of the top Historically Black Colleges in the nation, Spelman is no stranger to making history. The College’s student robotics team, the SpelBots, was founded in 2004 and made history just a year later by becoming the first all-female, all African-American undergraduate team to compete in the International RoboCup four-legged robot soccer competition. They went on to tie for first place in the 2009 RoboCup competition and were invited to the exclusive Education Technology Showcase in Washington D.C. to present their work to the director of the National Science Foundation and U.S. Senators. This is sure to be an impressive and inspiring presentation from a very accomplished group of students and their faculty leader, Jerry Volcy. More information about the SpelBots can be found here.

Becky Wai-Ling Packard
This year’s second keynote speaker is Becky Wai-Ling Packard, an accomplished author, researcher, and professor at Mount Holyoke, a renowned women’s college with a long history of innovation. She is the winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to young scientists in the country. She brings a philosophy of persistent mentoring to the field, fostering diversity and long-term success for students. She has authored works for STEM educators on how to advise underrepresented students, such as nontraditional-aged, first-generation, and low-income students through every aspect of their educational experience. She has also authored many publications exploring the transfer process between two- and four-year colleges. This presentation will highlight the importance of mentoring in work and educational spaces and will offer practical applications. Click here for more information on Dr. Packard and join us at her presentation on Thursday, July 28th at 12:30pm.

After the conference, be sure to check out the e-book containing videos, handouts, and related resources from many of the workshops and presentations, representing the best materials as reported by conference attendees.  The proceedings e-book from the 2015 conference is available online here.


ATE Success Tips: Outreach

Dissemination Tips and Strategies

Well-structured outreach efforts are essential for attracting industry partners and prospective students, increasing institutional presence, and sharing the innovative work of the ATE program and its many hardworking projects and centers. In fact, for members of the ATE community, it’s also a requirement; NSF asks all ATE projects and centers to push out their work fully in order to illustrate the likely broader impacts of research, professional development, and classroom/lab successes. Yet, figuring out the best way to share this information isn’t always easy. Whether it’s a shortage of time, staff, or familiarity with communications best practices, managing outreach activities can be a difficult task.

When creating outreach and dissemination materials, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Begin early.

  • Dissemination should be considered from the beginning of your project. Planning how the results of your efforts will be shared can help guide your project or center’s work. Some information may even be communicated before the entire project is completed (e.g. blog posts, newsletters, and social media posts may be sent out at various stages to generate interest and update the public on what’s happening.)

Write clearly and concisely.

  • Clear, concise writing and effective communication are essential when attempting to convey the importance and significance of your project or center’s work to the broader community. When engaging with audiences beyond your direct peers or project/center staff, use declarative sentences. An “obvious” fact may not be clear or evident to those less familiar with your work.

Assess the range of media available to you.

  • There is a wide variety of ways to share knowledge and the successes of your project or center’s work. Consider the media available to you, and select the best-fitting option. For instance, Facebook may be the easiest way to share out information, but a well-conceived press release or institutional interview may be much stronger tools for reaching the local community.


Did You Know?

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, forty percent of full-time students at community colleges are employed part time and twenty-two percent are employed full time.

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
Nano SCME Hands-online Microsystems Academy: Science of Thin Films Online
Upcoming Events
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
Bio/Chem Austin Stem Cell Teacher Academy Round Rock, TX
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
Eng Lasers and Fiber Optics Workshops at the North Carolina CTE Summer Conference 2016 Greensboro, NC
Mfg STEM Teacher PD Owensboro, Ky
Gen Project Access Workshop at AHEAD/pepnet 2 Conference Indianapolis, IN
Gen Chief Academic Officer Workshop Lincoln, NE
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 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Stem Cell Teacher Academy Lexington, KY
Eng North American Council of Automotive Teachers Conference Pasadena, TX
Bio/Chem AC2 Bio-Link High School Teacher Workshop Austin, TX
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop - Kansas Whitewater, KS
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
Gen AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting: Climate Change and Human Rights Washington, District of Columbia
Ag/Env PETE/CCCHST 2016 Refresher Saint Louis, Missouri
Gen Chat Series: S&T Policy Fellowship Opportunities for Engineers, Comp. Scientists & Mathematicians Online
Info 49th Annual Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference Oklahoma City, OK
Ag/Env RCNET Summer Institute Pocatello, 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
Eng Guitar Building Workshop for Educators, Students and Hobbyists Lynnwood, WA
Info Two-Day Geospatial Workshop Rochester, NY
Info Internships and Apprenticeships Online
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
Gen Enhance Your Career via the S&T Policy Fellowships: Judicial Fellowship Online
Eng The Battery Show Novi, MI
Info Using Social Media to Promote and Achieve Grant Outcomes Online
Gen Chat Series: S&T Policy Fellowship Opportunities for Social Scientists Online
Info 2016 Ohio GIS Conference Columbus, OH

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

Registration for the 2015 High-Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) is still open!

Registration details can be found on the HI-TEC website. For those attending, ATE Central will be at Booth #612 this year – stop by and say hello!

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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