Advanced Technological Education .

Welcome to the ATE Central Connection! Published the first Monday of each month, the ATE Central Connection is meant to disseminate information to and about ATE centers and projects, providing you with up-to-date ATE news, events, reminders, as well as highlighting new centers, projects, and resources. In addition, we will also highlight an educational topic with complementary resources found within ATE Central to help illustrate how ATE resources can be used in the classroom.

We want the ATE Central Connection to be a valuable tool; please e-mail with any suggestions about how to make the ATE Central Connection more useful for you or to suggest any information you would like to see in an upcoming issue.

In This Issue

Featured Resources in Geospatial Technologies

From Unmanned Aircraft System operations Technician Education Program (UASTEP):

Supervised Classification of Drone Multispectral Images and Landcover Analysis

In this activity provided by the Unmanned Aircraft System operations Technician Education Program (UASTEP), students will learn to analyze multispectral images collected from a drone or unmanned aircraft system. Specifically, students will use the ArcGIS Pro software package to visualize, classify, and calculate the areas covered by different types of land cover. In addition, students will compare the results generated by different supervised classification techniques.

From Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training Project (iGETT):

From GeoTech Center:

GIS Basics: Working with ArcExplorer 9

This introductory manual, GIS Basics: Working with ArcExplorer 9, was created by the Penn State University Cooperative Extension Geospatial Technology Program and is meant to supplement the education of 4-H students interested in GIS technologies. This manual covers the fundamentals of GIS, including its importance, GIS use in the real world, and mapping. In this manual, students will find information on GIS and geospatial technologies, complete with diagrams, maps, and photographs. Several activities are also included.

Community Connection

Report: Equity and Inclusion STEM Thought Leaders' Summit

From October 23-24, 2018, the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges held the first ever Equity and Inclusion STEM Though Leaders' Summit in Washington, D.C. A report on the proceedings, presentations, and takeaways from the summit was just published, and it provides an in-depth examination of issues surrounding equity and inclusion in STEM education from colleges in the ATE Community. Some of the topics discussed involved equity gaps; recruitment and retainment strategies for underrepresented populations; professional development; and professional development, to name a few.

Summit sessions were attended by faculty and administrator teams from 15 colleges who were all new to the ATE program. The sessions were designed to be highly engaging, drawing feedback and insight from community college educators and leaders about these pertinent issues. Those who attended represented six rural colleges, four federally designated Predominately Black-serving institutions, eight federally designated Hispanic-serving institutions, and two federally designated Asian American and Native Pacific Islander-serving institutions.

Attendees of the summit confronted the issues surrounding equity and their perspectives on how equity is practiced at their institutions. Heather J. Belmont, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, FL, pointed out that equity is not a universally understood concept. After becoming vice president in 2018, Belmont surveyed employees at Indian River about equity. All too often the responses showed people mistakenly thought equality and equity were synonymous. "I treat everyone the same. That's not equity," Belmont said emphatically. "We really still have a lot of work to do around what equity means and how we provide instruction to our students so everybody can succeed ...We have to make sure that we continue to have these tough conversations..." Belmont said. She recommends professional development focused on equity and inclusion for every college employee.

Several inspiring case studies are presented in the report, including a story from the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) regarding the implementation of their Program Improvement Process for Equity (PIPE) program in Oregon. Ben Williams, Chief Executive Office of NAPE, talked about challenges of equity in STEM education for underrepresented groups. "When we are intentional about creating space for equity in STEM to be at the center of how we do STEM education, that's where it happens," Williams said, explaining that aiming for high-quality programs is not enough. "Because what often happens is people hang their hat on quality, they hang their hat on great programs, but they don't make the necessary criterion of quality for equitable outcomes or equitable access."

One of PIPE's pilot projects involved increasing female enrollment in welding courses at Roseburg High School in Roseburg, Oregon. Before launching an intervention to increase female enrollment in its welding program, educators at Roseburg High School conducted an equity audit of the welding program that had four female students in 2015. The audit found that all of the welding equipment in the lab was large, which made it difficult for students with small or very large hands to master welding techniques. The school added welding equipment ranging from small to extra-large, making the equipment more accessible to people of varying sizes. In addition, the school coordinated a Freshman Cruise for all incoming freshman to visit the school's career and technical education (CTE) programs, which included welding demonstrations by the four girls enrolled in the program. The next semester, 38 girls enrolled in welding courses; 40 girls were enrolled in welding courses in 2018.

To read about more case studies, presentations, resources, and proceedings, check out the full report on the summit. For more info on Oregon schools' use of NAPE's PIPE process read the Promising Practice report.

ATE Success Tips: Websites

ATE Central's Microsite service

Having a website for your project or center is crucial to expanding outreach efforts and connecting to a wider audience. However, developing a website is a time consuming (and sometimes expensive) process and, unless you have the support to do so, can be a difficult endeavor to get up and running.

ATE Central’s Microsite Service helps address these issues through a tool that allows ATE projects and centers to very quickly and easily create their own mini website and use that site to share documents, publish curriculum materials, announce events and publications, and disseminate the products and progress of their grant. Are you interested in talking with ATE Central about how to set up a free microsite for your project or center? Email us at! Also, check out the Microsite Service page on the ATE Central site for more information and to read our FAQs.

Did You Know?

Two out of every three students at community colleges work while enrolled. See AACC's Data Points: Working while enrolled for more information.

Select STEM Education Resources

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

TeachEngineering: Riding the Radio Waves

STEM educators looking for an engaging way to introduce students to radio's engineering aspects may be interested in Riding the Radio Waves, a lesson plan from the TeachEngineering collection. This standards-aligned lesson teaches students "how AM radios work through basic concepts about waves and magnetic fields" and includes several demonstrations "to help students better understand these concepts." In addition to the demonstrations, the lesson is designed to be taught in conjunction with a hands-on activity where students build working AM radios from kits. This curriculum, which was created with students in grades 7-9 in mind, emphasizes the concepts of waves and magnetic fields as engineering fundamentals, as well as the practical applications of those concepts. TeachEngineering is a digital library of standards-aligned K-12 STEM teaching resources whose development was funded by the National Science Foundation and is currently managed by the University of Colorado-Boulder and Oregon State University. Riding the Radio Waves and its accompanying activity was contributed by the MUSIC (Math Understanding through Science Integrated with Curriculum) Program in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.

International Journal of STEM Education

First published in 2014, the open-access International Journal of STEM Education describes itself as "a multidisciplinary journal in subject-content education that focuses on the study of teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)." This peer-reviewed academic journal offers educators and readers with an interest in pedagogy an online platform for learning about and publishing interdisciplinary research "regarding, among other topics, the design and implementation of technology-rich learning environments, innovative pedagogies, and curricula in STEM education that promote successful learning in pre K-16 levels, including teacher education." Thus far, there are several thematic collections of articles focused on topics, such as international research trends in STEM practices in education, the design of video-based professional development programs for STEM educators, and (most recently) the development of students' science identities, which centers around educational psychology constructs. The International Journal of STEM Education is published by SpringerOpen and indexed by a number of databases including Web of Science, ProQuest, EBSCO, and Google Scholar. Its editorial board hails from universities around the world, and its Editor-in-Chief is Yeping Li, Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University.

NASA: Climate Kids

Originally launched in 2010 and currently in its third iteration, NASA's Climate Kids website offers children, parents, and teachers a fantastic resource for exploring "the story of our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth." Here, visitors can learn about various aspects of Earth's climate and climate change in approachable terms, such as the difference between weather and climate, the urban heat island effect, and the climate's effects on oceans. Toward the bottom of the main page are links to Climate Kids' collections of interactive games, educational activities, and even information about related careers. In addition to its own pages, Climate Kids occasionally links to relevant educational resources on other federal agencies' websites, such as NASA's Space Place and NOAA's SciJinks, which are denoted by a darker color. While Climate Kids primarily targets children in upper elementary grades, anyone wanting to brush up on their climate science basics can also benefit from perusing this resource. With its content updated regularly, Climate Kids is produced by the NASA Space Place team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and managed by Heather Doyle.

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
Ag/Env Apprenticeship 101 - Show Me Conference Columbia, MO
Ag/Env 2019 Wine Chemistry Workshop - Redlands CC,OK El Reno, OK
Gen Flipped Learning: Pathway to Student Success Sioux City, IA
Gen Walking the NSF Budgeting Walk: NSF ATE Proposal Budget and Budget Justification Online
Nano DNA as a Sensor of Nanoparticles: Unzipping and Changing Persistence Length of DNA Lincoln, NE
Gen What’s the Secret to Creating Classroom Discussions That Work? Lexington, KY
Gen Strategies for Student Learning and Success: Relational Teaching and Classroom Community Building Pittsburgh, PA
Eng Engineering Technology Forum Sarasota, FL
Info Women in Cybersecurity Conference 2019 Pittsburgh, PA
Gen Teaching Critical Thinking Workshop Clinton Township, MI
Info Second Annual Symposium for Supply Chain Automation Chicago, IL
Gen Writing in the Disciplines Workshop at Florida State College Jacksonville, FL
Gen The National Summit for Educational Equity Arlington, VA
Gen Tips and Tricks: Step by Step NSF ATE Proposal Forms Preparation Online
Bio/Chem Health Care & Biological Sciences Mini-Symposium: From Education to Employment Sylmar, CA
Gen 2019 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence Austin, TX

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.

To add a continuously-updated list of ATE and STEM education events to your website, use the ATE Event Widget.

News & Reminders

2019 STEM For All Video Showcase: Innovations in STEM Education

Registration for the 2019 showcase has opened! Registration to present will end on February 19 (or earlier if the showcase receives more than 250 registrations). Once approved, presenters can submit their videos between March 13 and April 23.

The STEM For All Video Showcase is an interactive, online event that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and features federally funded projects aimed at improving STEM or CS learning and teaching in formal or informal environments. The Showcase takes place online from May 13 - 20 and during the event, thousands of participants will view the videos, have discussions, and vote for their favorites.

To read more about the 2019 Showcase, visit the event's website and check out last year's video submissions.

Would you like copies of the ATE Impacts book?

Book orders and general inquiries about ATE Impacts 2018-2019: Twenty-Five Years of Advancing Technician Education 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 4.1.1) 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!

Follow ATE Central on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all things new at ATE Central and in the ATE Community as well as in the world of STEM Education.

To unsubscribe to the ATE Central Connection, please reply to this e-mail with "unsubscribe" in the subject field or body of the e-mail, or use your ATE Central account to unsubscribe at For any other subscription questions, please e-mail