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In This Issue


Featured Resources in Nanoscience

From Nano-Link:

Fundamentals of Nanoscience

This page contains two collections of documents explaining the basics of teaching nanoscience. The intent of these instructor guides is to help an educator through the basic content, material flow, and objectives for the study of this subject. Topics include Scale Matters, Tools of Nanoscience, Biological World, Materials Science and Structure, Optical Properties and Devices, and Semiconductor Devices.

From NNF:

What is Nano?

This video provided by the University of Cambridge was created for the NANOYOU Project and is intended as a resource for students, teachers, and anyone interested in a quick introduction to nanoscience. Researchers are shown exploring topics such as light at the nanoscale, hydrophilic surfaces, nano materials in manufacturing products, and nanotechnology in the medical field. The video runs 17:39 minutes in length and is available free for download.

From Seattle’s Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education (SHINE):

Nanotechnology Lab Instruments

This page from Seattle's Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education (SHINE) lists instruments in the SHINE Nanotechnology Lab. These include Aspex Explorer SEM/EDS, Leica S430 SEM, and Nanosurf AFM. Each instrument's individual page includes a picture, description, key features, and material restrictions. Students in the SHINE program receive hands-on training to operate these instruments.

ATECentral Search Results

Community Connection

Searching the ATE Central Resource Collection—What You Need to Know

Each year, the ATE community produces hundreds or even thousands of new resources. These can range from lesson plans to videos to professional development materials, and more. Information about these resources can be found in the ATE Central resource collection, where items have been cataloged using standardized metadata to make it easy to find whatever you're looking for.

Keyword Search
For a quick keyword search, simply enter a search term into the keyword search bar in the upper right corner of the ATE Central homepage. This form of searching is most useful when you want an overview of the resources that include particular keywords, and is often a great starting point for a search that can then be narrowed to focus on the most useful results. In addition to relevant resources, search results can include related projects and centers, upcoming events, ATE@20 blog posts, and other content on the ATE Central site.

Advanced Search
The advanced search option is ideal for conducting more complex searches. For example, if you're interested in finding out what kinds of materials the ATE community has produced for high school biology education, you can enter “biology” as a keyword search term and then limit your search by Education Level. This requires some forethought and extra effort, but may find resources specific to your needs more quickly than a keyword search. There are two ways to get to the Advanced Search page. For those with an ATE Central account, simply log in and you will see the Advanced Search option in the upper right under the search box. Otherwise, selecting “refine search” after conducting a keyword search will pull up the page. As with most search engines, some simple tips and tricks can help you optimize your search to maximize its effectiveness. Check out the bottom of the Advanced Search page for a helpful guide.

Faceted Search
If you would like to narrow your search results even further, faceted search can be a useful tool. After conducting a keyword search, facets (on the left-hand side of the results page) can be used to refine your search further. For example, once you have search results for high school biology education, you can further narrow them by resource type, language, or a handful of other attributes.

If you're not looking for a particular item or keyword, but are interested instead in a category of resources or in getting an understanding of the topics covered in ATE Central, you may wish to take advantage of the site’s resource browsing options. From this page, you can use different classifications to browse the collection: ATE Area (Biotechnology, Manufacturing, Engineering, etc.), Education Level (Elementary School High School, Higher Education, etc.), Format (Application, Archive, Document, Video, etc.), GEM Subject (Educational Technology, Health, Science, etc.), and Resource Type (Assessment Material, Dataset, Instructional Material, Professional Development, etc.).

Whether you're interested in expanding your understanding of a specific topic, finding curriculum to use, or merely exploring the breadth and depth of ATE project and center deliverables, smart use of the browse and search functions on ATE Central can help you accomplish your goal.

3 Core Fonts

ATE Success Tips: Websites

What’s the Best Font for Your Website?

One of the easiest ways to have an accessible and great looking website is to select the right font. By simply picking the right font, your website can make a meaningful impact on user experience and therefore increase engagement with what’s most important—the content. For a visual guide to font and font selection, this infographic beaks down the difference between font and typeface, serif and sans-serif fonts, and offers the best fonts to use on the web as well as in print.

AACC DataPoints screenshot

Did You Know?

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, “Minorities comprise 24 percent of all instructional staff at community colleges—compared to 27 percent at four-year institutions—even though nearly half of all community college students are minorities.”

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
Eng Coding Bootcamp with Arduino I Course (Wednesday Evenings) Fort Pierce, Florida
Nano Continuing Education Course, SEM, Spring 2017 Seattle, Washington
Info ARSET Advanced Webinar: Land Cover Classification Online
Info FutureView 2017 Nashville, TN
Upcoming Events
Info 2017 Esri Developer Summit Palm Springs, CA
Gen Project Access/Universal Design Workshop Jacksonville, Florida
Eng Tech Like A Girl STEM Camp Fort Pierce, Florida
Eng NSRP - Technology, Systems, and Ships Day Arlington, Virginia
Gen DeafTEC Math Workshop El Paso, Texas
Gen Drones Flying Free Online
Gen Drones Flying Free Online
Gen Small-Scale Evaluation Online
Gen Small-Scale Evaluation Online
Gen Drones Flying Free Online
Gen Grants and Innovation - A Great Match Online
Bio/Chem Bio-Link Skill Standards and how to teach them - Course in a Box & AC2 implementation Online
Eng MATE Water, Robots, and Sensors - Oh My! San Diego, California
Eng MATE Basic ROV Design/Build Educator Professional Development Alpena, Michigan
Gen Family Science Days Boston, MA
Eng MATE Underwater Robotics Teach Professional Development Workshop New Orleans, Louisiana
Gen Preparing a Budget and Budget Justification for your NSF ATE Proposal Online
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop Springfield, Missouri
Eng Tech Like A Girl STEM Camp Fort Pierce, Florida
Gen ATE Central Sustainability: Home Sweet Home, The Benefits and Challenges of Institutional Support Online
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop Springfield, Missouri
Eng Tech Like A Girl STEM Camp Stuart, Florida
Mfg Maintenance and Reliability Conference 2017 Knoxville, TN
Info SIGCSE 2017 Technical Symposium Seattle, Washington
Info ASPRS Annual Meeting 2017 Uniting Imagery, GIS, Mapping, and Surveying Baltimore, MD
Nano Innovations Conference 2017 San Francisco, CA
Eng League for Innovation Annual Convention San Francisco, California
Info Second Annual National Conference of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals Northwest Washington, DC,
Info 2017 Erich J. Spengler Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) Palos Hills, Illinois
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop Geneva, Ohio
Gen Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop Syracuse, NY
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop Syracuse, New York
Gen Outcome Evaluation: Step-by-Step Online
Ag/Env New York Council for the Social Studies Conference 2017 Albany, NY
Gen 2017 Forum on Science and Technology Policy Washington, DC
Eng Coding Bootcamp with Arduino I Course (Monday Evenings) Fort Pierce, Florida
Gen ATE Sustainability: Show me the Money: Is Revenue Generation possible for ATE Projects/Centers Online
Gen Science Diplomacy 2017 Washington, DC
Eng Coding Bootcamp with Arduino II Course (Wednesday Evenings) Fort Pierce, Florida
Eng Coding Bootcamp with Arduino I Course (Thursday Evenings) Fort Pierce, Florida
Ag/Env New York Geographic Bee 2017 Albany, NY
Info National Women in CyberSecurity Conference Tuscon, AZ
Mfg 2017 Automotive News PACE Awards Detroit, MI
Eng Navy League SEA-AIR-SPACE Global Maritime Exposition Oxon Hill, Maryland
Gen 2017 Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment Conference Washington, DC
Eng NHMI Marine Education Workshop Big Pine Key, Florida
Ag/Env 4th Annual - Inside Missouri Cooperage Lebanon, Missouri
Gen DeafTEC Math Conference San Antonio, Texas
Eng 97th AACC Annual Convention New Orleans, Louisiana

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

Get involved with NSF’s Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

The National Science Foundation invites teams of community college students to participate in the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). Teams will submit innovative STEM-based solutions for real-world problems across three themes: Maker to Manufacturer, Energy and Environment, and Security Technologies. All entries must be received during the competition submission window, from October 17, 2016 to February 15, 2017. More information can be found on the challenge website.

Archiving your deliverables with ATE Central is now easier than ever!

Upload your curriculum, professional development materials, or other deliverables created with ATE funding directly to the ATE Central resource portal via the new archive submission form.

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 3.9.1 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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