Advanced Technological Education ·

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In This Issue

Featured Resources in Agricultural and Environmental Technologies

From Regional Center for Nuclear Education & Training (RCNET):

RCNET Module: Nuclear 3D Scanning

Module Description:

This module was created by the Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET) and is an introduction to 3D scanning and its applications in the nuclear industry. “This module will explain what 3D scanning is, how and where it can be applied in the nuclear classroom, the implications for nuclear technicians, and the future uses of 3D scanning in the industry. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to: 1. Describe the basic components of a 3D scanner. 2. Identify the types of 3D scanning technology most often used in the nuclear industry. 3. Discuss the applications and limitations of 3D scanning as they pertain to the nuclear industry. 4. Identify and discuss the different types of software, inputs and outputs used for 3D scanning. 5. Recognize and discuss opportunities where 3D Scanning technologies would be applicable in a nuclear environment.” Module materials include a lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation, pre and post assessments and answer keys, and a RCNET Module – Nuclear 3D Scanning PDF.

Module Contents:

The lesson plan contains information about the module, learning objectives and outcomes, daily procedures for using the module, a list of materials needed, a lesson plan and scope of work, and supplemental and enrichment material.

The PowerPoint presentation provides learning objectives, module topics, and includes information on the basics of 3D scanning, laser scanning, digitizing, why 3D models are needed, limitations, takeaways, digital modeling versus reverse engineering, visualizing 3D data, 3D data in the nuclear world, from digital model to physical object.

A pre-assessment test is included to determine students pre-existing knowledge about 3D scanning technology and its nuclear applications. A post assessment is included to determine what students have learned throughout the module. Answer keys are provided for each assessment.

To review the files included in the attachment, please visit this resource’s page on ATE Central.

From Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education Support Center (CREATE-SC):

International Approaches To Renewable Energy Education – A Faculty Professional Development Case Study With Recommended Practices For STEM Educators

This 20-page article is provided by the American Journal of Engineering Education and discusses the findings from two international learning exchanges conducted by the California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE). These learning exchanges focused on renewable energy education and expanding awareness of the global renewable energy sector. Fourteen educators participated in the exchange and met with technical educators; visited renewable energy labs; reviewed industry partnerships; and met with policy makers and government representatives in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Denmark.

The following sections are included: Introduction; Purpose; Methods: German Learning Exchange - 2014, Knowledge Building Activities, and Measuring Impacts on Educational Practice; Results: Impacts on Teaching Practice, Impacts on Curriculum, Impacts on Professional Knowledge, Impact on Community Engagement and Dissemination, Impact on Teaching Perspectives and Professional Growth, and Perceived Value of Project Learning Activities; Conclusion: Internationalizing STEM Education and Addressing the Skeptics; Summary; Acknowledgements; Author Biographies; and References.

From Advanced Technological Education Television (ATETV):

Adventurous Career Opportunities in Wind Energy

The ATETV project delivers web-based videos to connect students to careers in advanced technology. In this episode of ATETV, viewers will learn about what it takes to be wind turbine service technicians, who "work outdoors and hundreds of feet in the air maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing wind turbines." This video covers skill areas in the wind energy field, which can include project development, construction management, and operations maintenance. Running time for the episode is 2:50.

Community Connection

ATE Central's From the Archive Series

This past month, ATE Central introduced From the Archive: a new blog series that will be featured in the ATE@20 blog. Each From the Archive blog post will highlight a few selected resources from the ATE Central resource portal to further promote the work of the ATE community. This first post, Biotechnology Resources for the College Classroom, shares the work of three ATE projects and centers that have created a wide variety of presentations, lessons, activities, course outlines, and more. These resources illustrate the breadth and depth of the biotechnology curriculum represented in the ATE Central resource portal and may be useful to STEM educators across bio and chemical technology sectors.

In the March blog post, readers will discover more about the Articulated Technological Education Pathways (ATEP) project. ATEP’s biotechnology courses, which are stored as Moodle backup files, may be uploaded to a user’s own learning management system (LMS) or accessed online via the URLs provided. Next, check out the Courses-in-the-Box. These resources--contributed by instructors of the Bio-Link program—are intended to be adapted by instructors and introduced as new courses. Resources may include course descriptions, student outcomes, schedules, reading assignments, laboratory exercises, lecture materials, homework, classroom activities, exams, and videos. Finally, peruse course outlines and other materials created by Increasing the Student Biotech Pipeline—an ATE project focused on developing academic pathways and curricula in biotechnology.

To read more about these Biotechnology Resources for the College Classroom, view course materials, or discover additional materials created by ATEP, Bio-Link, and the Increasing the Student Biotech Pipeline project, visit the ATE@20 blog.

ATE Success Tips: Social Media

Does your project of center use several social media platforms? If so, consider using a social media management tool to be more productive and to maximize time. A social media manager like Hootsuite or (if you mostly use Twitter) TweetDeck are free and can:

  • Publish content across multiple platforms
  • Schedule posts in advance
  • Collaborate with your team
  • Allow you to see all of your social media feeds from a single dashboard instead of logging into several different sites
  • Track and measure your results

Check out the ATE Central Outreach Kit for some more tips and ideas on social media management.

Did You Know?

Nearly 90 percent of certificates and half of associate degrees awarded are in career and technical education.

Select STEM Education Resources

A few online STEM resources from outside of ATE, that you may find of interest:

Khaled Bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation: Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is a "non-profit environmental science organization and ocean research foundation established to help preserve, protect and restore the world's oceans and aquatic resources through research, education, and outreach." The foundation is based out of Annapolis, Maryland and focuses on coral reef preservation. The foundation offers a number of curricular resources that may be of interest to science educators. These resources, which align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) include interactive quizzes, short educational videos, and eleven curricular units that address topics such as reef formation, reef organism behavior, and threats to coral reefs. To access these materials, educators will need to create a free account.

YouTube: Crash Course Computer Science

This series, which debuted in February 2017, includes 27 episodes on the topic of computer science history. As host Carrie Anne Philbin explains in the show's preview, this series is not a "how to" series designed to teach viewers how to program. Rather, this series is designed to introduce members of the general public to the history of computers, the major concepts behind computing, and the role of computers in our contemporary society. Individual videos in this series include Early Computing, Representing Numbers and Letters with a Binary, Intro to Algorithms, and The Cold War and Consumerism, to name just a few. This series is designed to be viewed sequentially, as episodes build off of concepts and information presented in earlier episodes.

Stem Cells Across the Curriculum

Stem Cells Across the Curriculum (SCAC) offers college-level lesson plans and activities designed to help students explore the intersections of science and society and explore ethical debates within the scientific community. These lessons have been crafted by a team of scholars with support from the New York State Stem Cell Science program, NYSTEM. As the team notes, "The topic of stem cells provides an engaging framework for integrating biological concepts and principles with a diverse range of perspectives spanning social justice, religious studies, gender studies, disability studies, and economics." SCAC includes four modules to engage students with these issues: a module about stem cell ownership and property, highlighting the Henrietta Lacks case; a module about the use of human eggs in stem cell research and the question of financial compensation; a module about stem cell research and disability rights; and a module about religious and cultural beliefs and discussions of ethics and stem cell research. All of these modules include complete lesson plans as well as links to readings, videos, and other accompanying resources.

Do you have some great STEM resources you'd like to share with ATE Central? Email us with your ideas at

ATE Events

Upcoming Events
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Eng Michigan Automotive Teachers Association (MATA) Conference Lansing, MI
Gen 2018 Annual AERA Meeting: The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education New York City, NY
Gen National Summit for Educational Equity Arlington, VA
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Gen ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Montreal,
Eng American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention 2018 Dallas, TX
Nano Nano Curriculum Materials Workshop II Online
Info ArcGIS Pro Louisville, KY
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Info Part 107 Certification Program Louisville, KY
Bio/Chem 2018 BIO International Convention Boston, Massachusetts
Bio/Chem 2018 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum Berkeley, CA
Info GISP Exam Prep Program Louisville, KY
Info Python Mapping Louisville, KY
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Info National Cyber Summit Huntsville, AL
Info GTCM Review Louisville, KY
Info Humanitarian Mapping Louisville, KY
Info Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) New Orleans, LA
Eng Medical Device Training Program Brooklyn, NY
Eng Capstone Laboratory for OP-TEC Online Photonics Faculty Development Course Ottumwa, IA
Eng Educator's Institute: Supply Chain Management Columbus, OH
Eng ASEE Annual Conference 2018 Salt Lake City, UT
Ag/Env Summer Energy Educator Series (SEES) Eugene, OR
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News & Reminders

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