Advanced Technological Education ·

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In This Issue

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Featured Resources in Renewable Energy Technology

From Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC):

Defining Energy Technology and Services Chart

This chart is provided by the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) and is from the Defining Energy Technology and Services report. This careers chart provides a snapshot of the occupational areas and jobs within the energy technologies and services field. Some of the occupational areas include buying and selling energy products and services, energy assessment, energy systems design and construction - utility and distribution, exploration and resource acquisition, and more. Some jobs in the energy technologies and services field include boiler technician, emissions trading analyst, energy analyst, architecture technician, mechanical maintenance technician, and many more. The Defining Energy Technology and Services report is available to view separately.

From Sustainability and Green Energy (SAGE) Across the Curriculum :

Curriculum Resources

This website from Bristol Community College provides engineering and green technologies curriculum resources. The site includes resources on solar energy, green buildings and LEED, wind power, remotely operated vehicles, next generation science standards, green parking lot, competitions, and other resources. Resources include lesson plans, modules, presentations, and more.

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

Nanotechnology Principles Lab: Nanocrystalline Solar Cells

This nanoHub webpage provides a Nanocrystalline Solar Cells lab created by SHINE: Seattle's Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education. "This lab consists of activities designed to teach students about solar cells." Lab resources include presentation slides, a resource with solar cell background information, Nanocrystalline Solar Cells Lab activity, and a references and websites resource. Resources are available free for download and may be downloaded as a Zip file or individually.

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Community Connection

Understanding Our Community: The ATE PI Interviews

As part of an ongoing effort to better understand the needs of the ATE community and to strengthen and support the work of grantees, ATE Central conducted a set of interviews with a group of twenty-eight ATE PIs in 2016. The result of these interviews is the 2016 PI Interview Report, which we hope will help all of us better understand the strengths of the ATE community as well as the challenges we face.

The interviews focused on several types of questions, some pertaining to the ATE program itself and the impacts of the grantees’ work, and others focusing on how ATE Central can better support the goals of individual projects and centers.

The report is divided into three sections: the first is a set of highlights that touch on key findings from the interviews; the second, which makes up the bulk of the report, provides an overview and details the responses given by project and center PIs; and finally, the third is a brief conclusion section that responds to the issues raised and suggests possible avenues that may further support the ATE community. Below are a few key highlights:

  • PIs are excited to share the positive impacts that the ATE program has had on students and faculty, and even the impact that ATE has, in some cases, had on the interviewee. PIs provided significant examples of how ATE had helped students gain confidence, conduct research, move into leadership positions, find fulfilling employment, and more. They also provided examples of deep collaboration within and beyond their campus and region and with a variety of stakeholders, including K-12 partners, industry and small business, and others in the Higher Education arena. Some PIs discussed the impact the program has had on their own lives, both professionally and personally. One PI in particular talked about the program as having infused her teaching with a new level of excitement and meaning and having helped her remember what she loves about working in Education.
  • There is a real change in the way PIs talk about sustainability in contrast to the interviews conducted five years ago. More and more PIs understand the nuances of sustainability – a deeper understanding that not everything needs to be sustained and that there is no one “right” answer to how to go about sustaining project and center deliverables. Several PIs were comfortable admitting that they had needed to modify their approach to sustainability from when they wrote the proposal originally, but seemed confident about the options they were exploring.
  • While PIs all agreed that outreach is a critical component of their project or center work, most seemed to feel that they do not need to have a formal outreach plan. In fact, of all the PIs interviewed almost nobody had a formal outreach plan in place.

We are very grateful to all the ATE PIs who took the time to share their thoughts, stories, triumphs, and challenges during this set of interviews. We hope the report will help the ATE community, the National Science Foundation and, of course, our own project ATE Central, find better ways to work together and ultimately continue to strengthen the education of STEM students, and enhance professional development opportunities for STEM educators, in community and technical colleges across the United States.

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ATE Success Tips: Social Media

Most of us use social media to spread the word about the wonderful work being done throughout the ATE community. The ATE Social Media Directory is a great place to explore how other ATE centers and projects (as well as some ATE partners and collaborators) are using social media. If you don't see your project or center on the list, or if you are using a new social networking tool that we are unaware of, please let us know by emailing

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Did You Know?

For the past 20 years, women between the ages of 18 and 24 have outpaced men in college attendance and degree attainment at both two- and four-year institutions.

ATE Events

Upcoming Events
Bio/Chem mini-BIOMAN 2017: Upstream Processing- Mab Production in CHO cells Blue Bell, PA
Mfg Digital Fabrication Camp and Engineering Lab White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Eng Diving into Underwater Sensors and Arduino Online
Bio/Chem NSF ATE Stem Cell Teacher Academy III: City College of San Francisco San Francisco, California
Bio/Chem NSF ATE Stem Cell Teacher Academy III: City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
Info Esri Education GIS Conference San Diego, CA
Gen Summer Maritime and Transportation Institute Baltimore, Maryland
Eng MATE Underwater Robotics and Engineering Design: Intermediate Level Monterey, California
Eng Engineering Technology Challenge's Summer Teacher Workshop Farmington, CT
Eng CTE Educators Summit 2017 Charlotte, North Carolina
Eng Electronics Maker Bootcamp Fort Pierce, Florida
Ag/Env NREL Renewable Energy Institute for Teachers Golden, Colorado
Info Summer Working Connections - Texas Frisco, Texas
Info NYSCSS Summer Institute: Making it Real in the Social Studies Classroom Fairport, New York
Info Esri International Users Conference San Diego, CA
Mfg Summer Engineering and Manufacturing (SEAM) Camp Staples, Minnesota
Eng Electronics Maker Bootcamp Fort Pierce, FL
Bio/Chem NBC2 mini-BIOMAN 2017 Conference - Manufacture of a Drug Product Valparaiso, Indiana
Bio/Chem NBC2 mini-BIOMAN 2017 Conference - Upstream Processing; Mab Production in CHO Cells Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Gen Pathways to Invasion - A Geographic Conference a at Fort Ticonderoga Ticonderoga, New York
Bio/Chem RCNET Workshop & Professional Development Fort Pierce, FL
Bio/Chem BIOMAN Academy Newton, Pennsylvania
Eng High Impact Technology Exchange Conference Salt Lake City, Utah
Eng NACAT Conference 2017 Warren, Michigan
Gen The 2017 STEM Guitar Summer Institute Smithfield, NC
Gen The 2017 STEM Guitar Summer Institute Wilmington, DE
Mfg Weld-Ed Educator's Training: Module 6, Instructional Design and Teaching Strategies Elyria, Ohio
Gen 2017 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) Salt Lake City, UT
Eng Lasers and Fiber Optics Bootcamp Fort Pierce, Florida
Mfg Teaching STEM through Guitar Building Las Vegas, NV
Mfg Camp Explore STEM Career Camp Winona, Minnesota
Mfg Weld-Ed Educator's Training: Module 3, Design, Assembly and Robotics Elyria, Ohio
Eng Coding with Arduino Bootcamp Stuart, Florida
Bio/Chem Bioscience Industry for Teachers (BIT) Alachua, FL
Ag/Env CREATE STEM Educator Solar Institutes Madison, Wisconsin
Bio/Chem NBC2 mini-BIOMAN 2017 Conference - Single Use Tech in Manufacturing Quincy, Massachusetts
Mfg Intro Lego Mindstorms Teachers Workshop Tampa, Florida
Mfg Intermediate Lego Mindstorms Teachers Workshop Tampa, Florida
Eng CAR Management Briefing Seminars Acme, Michigan
Info CSSIA/USCC Cyber Challenge Cyber Camp Palos Hills, Illinois
Gen The 2017 STEM Guitar Summer Institute Lincoln, RI
Mfg Weld-Ed Educator's Training: Module 2, Joining and Cutting Processes Marysville, California
Info MicroController Labs & Activities (BATEC Summer Institute) Boston, MA
Eng 2017 SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge Warren, Michigan
Ag/Env CREATE STEM Educator Solar Institutes Shoreline, Washington
Gen Project Access Workshop: Improve Deaf and Hard of Hearing student learning Santa Fe, NM
Info The Chemung Celebration Elmira, New York
Eng TU's Connected Car Insurance USA 2017 Chicago, Illinois
Info InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas, NV
Gen Science Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop 2017 Washington, DC
Eng The Battery Show North America 2017 Novi, Michigan
Eng Connected Fleets USA 2017 Atlanta, Georgia

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

Would you like more copies of the ATE@20 book?

We are sending out one more round of ATE@20: Two Decades of Advancing Technological Education. Book orders and general inquiries can be emailed to

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.

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 4.0.0) 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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