Advanced Technological Education .

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In This Issue

Featured Resources: General Advanced Technological Education

From Linking Attitudes and Behaviors to Student Success in Career and Technical Education:

Together We Can Rule the Galaxy Lesson

This lesson from the STEM Action Center - Utah covers astronomy and our solar system. The lesson is intended for grades K-5 and includes the aligning CORE standard. Teachers go over Earth's axis, rotation, and revolving with older grades during the lesson. Younger grades learn about constellations in the sky. Lab activities are listed by grade level. Older grades will design and launch rockets.

From Catalyst for Change and Innovation: Targeted Research on Institutional Response and Enduring Impacts on Advanced Technological Education:

Built for the Moment

This 7-page research brief, published by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, describes how Wisconsin's technical colleges responded and adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic. The brief begins with an introduction to the Crisis as Catalyst for Change and Innovation (CCCI) project and provides a graph on institutional responses and adaptations. Next, the brief explores the types of adaptations colleges made, key patterns and priorities for adaptations, how these efforts unfolded over time, the effects on diverse student populations, and what is missing and requires further exploration. The brief then considers how these findings can inform faculty and instructional staff, student affairs professionals, programs and departments, and institutional leadership. Finally, the brief provides concluding thoughts, more information on the CCCI, and a technical note.

From Helping Students Understand Real-world Applications of Mathematics by Connecting Industry to Math Instruction:

Connecting Industry to Math Instruction (CIMI) Activities

This page from the Wake Technical Community College website provides activities that connect industry to math instruction. Activities include Bill of Materials: Matrices, Cool Your Chicken: Algebra and Geometry, Loads of Steel: Algebra, Mind Your Tolerance: Statistics, Solar Energy: Trigonometry, Wastewater Collection System: Mathematical Modeling, and more. Activities include a video, teacher notes, the activity on Desmos, and other related documents.

Community Connection

Looking Forward to HI-TEC 2022 with Executive Committee Chair Mary Slowinski

The 2022 High Impact Technology Education Conference (HI-TEC) will be held on July 25-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Recently, we asked Mary Slowinski, Ph.D., Chair of the 2022 HI-TEC Executive Committee, to share what attendees can anticipate about this year's conference. Dr. Slowinski is PI of Working Partners Project & Workshops at Bellevue College in Washington state.

ATE Central: What is HI-TEC? How does it support the goals of Advanced Technological Education?

Mary Slowinski: HI-TEC (the High Impact Technology Education Conference) has provided a national forum for addressing critical issues in advanced technological education since its inception in 2009. The conference grew out of the NSF-ATE community and is produced by a consortium of ATE centers and projects in collaboration with industry and education partners. The conference is a marvelous gathering of this community, with opportunities for all to present, share and learn from one another and to acquire new skill sets, new understandings of industry needs, and new engagement with questions of diversity and inclusion, as well as gaining practical insights into improving technician education overall.

Who typically attends HI-TEC?

HI-TEC attendees are educators, industry representatives, workforce development personnel, technician students, and educational researchers who share an interest in improving technician education at community colleges. In terms of numbers, HI-TEC historically has attracted 500-600 attendees of these like-minded folk. However, when the conference pivoted to a virtual environment for the last two years in response to the pandemic, many people attended who might not have been able to do so otherwise. For example, in 2020 alone, HI-TEC had 1000 registrants with over 700 people attending all or part of the two-day virtual event! But virtual or in-person, HI-TEC definitely brings together practitioners, policy and program administrators, technological experts and researchers, and educators and their students to learn from each other and to collaborate on finding solutions to core issues facing advanced technological education today.

To learn more about the upcoming conference, read the rest of the interview with Dr. Slowinski in the latest ATE Impacts blog post.

ATE Success Tips: Outreach

Using Video for Outreach

Videos are excellent for increasing outreach as they are visual, personal, and memorable. According to Cisco, 82% of all consumer internet traffic this year will come from video streaming and downloads. There are three essential steps to take in planning for your video content.

Decide on your platform.

  • YouTube is the largest video hosting platform, the second largest search platform, and the second most visited website after Google. YouTube is an easy option for uploading and hosting your videos and creates embedded links for social media.
  • Each social media platform has unique algorithms that favor different lengths of videos.
  • Facebook favors longer videos in their newsfeed algorithm.
  • For Twitter, short clips that are easy to consume tend to be best.
  • Tiktok is an exciting platform for short videos from 15-60 seconds.

Choose your video type.

  • Videos can promote, explain, give an opinion, or showcase something unique about your project or center.
  • It's helpful to decide what type of video by answering the following questions:
    • What is the purpose of your video?
    • What is the audience for this video, and who do you think will enjoy watching it?

Consider accessibility from the start.

See last month's Success Tips in the ATE Central Connection for tips on creating videos. For examples of videos, ATE Central's Student Success stories are available for projects and centers to engage audiences and boost outreach, , and include both full-length (5-6 minute) and social media (30 second) versions.

Did You Know?

According to an Infosys survey on talent in the digital age, over 75% of hiring managers say that finding job candidates with adequate technical and digital skills is difficult. However, research from EdSurge finds that "...companies more likely to hire employees with associate degrees were better positioned to meet their current and future talent needs."

Select STEM Education Resources

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

Bioethics 101

This introductory course from the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) provides a systematic, five-lesson introductory course to support educators in incorporating bioethics into the classroom through the use of sequential, day-to-day lesson plans. The lessons here offer a "best of" compilation from NWABR's popular Ethics Primer, which is also available on the site. On the top of the site, visitors navigate their way through the Overview, Lessons, Resources, Links, and Events. The Lessons’ titles include "Principles of Bioethics" and "Making a Strong Justification." The Resources area contains links to the National Center for Research Resources and the National Institutes of Health, both of which worked to make this resource available.

Introduction to College Research

Readers preparing to start college in the fall and those working on an independent research project may enjoy this useful textbook covering research basics. Written by Walter D. Butler, Aloha Sargent, and Kelsey Smith (a team of California Community College librarians), Introduction to College Research helps readers hone important skills, with information about literacy tools, research strategies, fact-checking methods, and much more. The textbook is available for online reading and can be downloaded as a PDF, EPUB, or MOBI file. Dive in by clicking the "Read Book" button. The Contents drop-down menu in the left corner allows readers to jump to different sections of the text. For a brief overview of the book's content, navigate to the What This Book Will Cover page (found under Introduction). As indicated on the A Note for Instructors page, the textbook can be used jointly with the supplementary Canvas modules within the Canvas Commons. Introduction to College Research is supported by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges' Open Educational Resources Initiative (ASCCC OERI).

Crash Course: Statistics

What is a "measure of spread" and what does it tell us about a data set? Why are scatter plots useful in comparing two variables? How might you go about designing a controlled experiment? If you are interested in exploring (or teaching) answers to these questions, the Crash Course YouTube channel recently launched Crash Course Statistics - a series of short videos dedicated to helping people make sense of statistics in their lives. This series is hosted by Adriane Hill, a journalist for NPR's Marketplace and the cohost of the Crash Course Economics series. Recent episodes of Crash Course Statistics have examined topics including mean, median, and mode; data visualizations, and how surveys can be biased. New episodes of Crash Course Statistics are released weekly, so stay tuned. As of this writing, the series contains ten episodes.

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ATE Events

Upcoming Events
Gen 2022 AACC Annual New York, NY
Eng NBAA Maintenance Conference San Antonio, TX
Mfg People, Pathways, and Technology for the Future Manufacturing Workforce (Webinar #3) Online
Eng Robotics Summit & Expo Boston, MA
Gen Leveraging Assessment & Evaluation for Student Success: Working Smarter Not Harder Online
Mfg NCNGM Industry 4.0 Webinar Online
Gen Future of Work - Integrating Emerging Technologies Online
Info Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) Dayton, OH
Eng STRATUS 2022 Conference Syracuse, NY
Info GeoEd'22 Online
Gen 2022 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) Washington, DC
Eng Energy Drone & Robotics Summit Spring, TX
Bio/Chem ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) Online
Gen HI-TEC: A National Conference on Advanced Technological Education Salt Lake City, UT
Eng Minnesota Manufactured Technical Education Conference Anoka, MN

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

HI-TEC 2022 Registration Now Open

Registration for the annual HI-TEC conference is now open!

The High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with preparing America's skilled technical workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation's economy.

The conference runs from July 25–28 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. More details on registering can be found on the HI-TEC website and upcoming ATE Central blog posts.

Upcoming EvaluATE Webinar

Join EvaluATE presenters on May 18 for a webinar titled “Leveraging Assessment & Evaluation for Student Success: Working Smarter Not Harder,” on learning how to integrate assessment into professional development to boost learning for participants and classroom students.

This presentation is for anyone interested in designing, delivering, and evaluating professional development. Attendees will leave this session with ideas and access to tools that will help leverage learning and deliver data needed for reporting.

The presentation is on May 18, from 4:00-5:00 (EDT). Register on the EvaluATE webinars page.

EvaluateUR-CURE Accepting Applications

EvaluateUR-CURE is now accepting applications to participate in the final round of pilot testing during the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. This opportunity is available through an award from the NSF ATE program to the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo State.

EvaluateUR-CURE is a method for evaluating course-based undergraduate research experiences -- CUREs. Combining research into undergraduate courses provides research opportunities for students.

Pilot testing of E-CURE is open to all faculty. Faculty teaching courses with research experiences (CUREs) at community colleges are especially encouraged to apply. A modest stipend is provided for participating in the pilot and providing feedback.

The application can be completed on EvaluateUR-CURE's website.

More information about the project can be found on the main E-CURE page.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently issued a Dear Colleague letter seeking curriculum development and student engagement proposals for Ocean Technical Workforce Education. Dear Colleague letters (DCLs) are an important category of funding opportunities made available by NSF. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the program officers prior to submitting proposals.

View the full proposal criteria on the NSF's website.

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