Advanced Technological Education .

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In This Issue

Featured Resources: General Advanced Technological Education

From Project COMPLETE:

Interview with Weyerhaeuser

This video from Project Complete features an interview with Shaylon Phenix from Weyerhaeuser, who introduces oriented strand boards and describes the manufacturing that Weyerhaeuser does. The interview covers topics including OSB, changes to the manufacturing industry, Weyerhaeuser workplace structure and culture, as well as career pathways at the company and in manufacturing.

From Project COMPLETE:

Virtual Field Trip: Weyerhaeuser Arcadia Plant Tour

This video from Project Complete introduces Weyerhaeuser and provides a glimpse of the manufacturing process and facilities at the plant location in Arcadia, Louisiana. This video discusses oriented strand boards and their production from the lumber mill to the plant. Additionally, this video covers topics like the equipment used throughout production, the manufacturing process, and quality control measures.

From Support Center for Microsystems Education (SCME):

Introduction to Actuators Learning Module

This module, from Support Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), provides an overview of actuator devices, including "what they are, how they work, and how they are used in both macro and micro-sized systems." This module is divided into units: Pre-test (Knowledge Probe), Introduction to Actuators Primary Knowledge (PK) unit, Activity - What are Actuators, and Final Assessment.

Community Connection

ATE Impacts 2022-2023 Book Showcases Work of ATE Community

We are excited to inform you about the upcoming release of the new ATE Impacts 2022-2023 book! You can order copies of the ATE Impacts book online and digital copies of the book can be accessed once available on the ATE Impacts site as well. The digital copies will be viewable across all devices via any web browser.

The ATE Impacts 2022-2023 book showcases the work of the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Community. This edition includes a foreword from United States President Joseph Biden. It features the work of 33 projects and 28 centers across the seven ATE areas, as well as applied research. By highlighting the ATE community's successful and innovative work, the book encourages broader participation in the ATE program by academic institutions, educators, and industry partners. Dissemination of the ATE Impacts book advances understanding of the importance of technician education and its role in supporting the high-tech industries that drive the United States' economy.

ATE Success Tips: Websites

Integrating Videos into Websites

After creating and choosing social media platforms for your outreach videos (see resources from previous ATE Newsletters on editing and using videos in social media), it is time to incorporate them into your website.

You can upload videos directly to your websites, but it is easier to upload to a free video hosting site such as YouTube or Vimeo.


YouTube and Vimeo offer easy embedding into a sidebar or blog post. Paste your video's URL into your WordPress Editor, and it will change into an embedded video.

There are two available options on how you can embed your video:

  • Manual: Copy/paste each video embed code provided by YouTube or Vimeo
  • Automatic: Use a third-party tool or plugin that has direct integration with YouTube or Vimeo to fetch and sync your videos with your website

If you choose to manually embed your videos, follow these steps:

  • Go to each video on your video hosting platform of choice and click on the 'Share' option located below the video
  • Click on the 'Embed' option
  • Copy the provided code
  • Paste the code to a separate page on your website

To read more on using plugins and embedding videos on WordPress, check out the video embedding tips on WP Beginner.


For YouTube and Vimeo, inputting the HTML is relatively simple. Follow these steps for embedding a video:

  • Go to the YouTube or Vimeo video you want to embed on a computer
  • Click the 'Share' button
  • From the list of Share options, click Embed
  • From the box that appears, copy the HTML code
  • Paste the code into your website HTML

Further resources on HTML can be found on Free Code Camp's HTML5 video page.

Did You Know?

This year, nearly 50 percent of acceptance offers to transfer to the University of Virginia (UVA) went to community college students, according to research by the Washington Post. This statistic exemplifies a growing trend in community college transfer students to historically elite universities. Transfers from community colleges are gaining support from college and university leaders who see transfers as a powerful tool to diversify campuses. Transfers increase diversity in gender, race, ethnicities, age, and experiences across university campuses.

Two other universities further illustrate this transfer trend: the University of Michigan reported freshman admission rates of 26 percent for 2020, compared with a transfer rate of 46 percent. At the University of California at Los Angeles, the freshman rate that same year was 14 percent, and the transfer rate was 24 percent.

Read more of the Washington Post's research on transfer rates on their website.

Select STEM Education Resources

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

Journal of Electronic Publishing

The Journal of Electronic Publishing was founded in 1995, and it is published by a unit of the University of Michigan Libraries. The journal offers, "articles [that] present innovative ideas, best practices, and leading-edge thinking about all aspects of publishing, authorship, and readership." An "advanced search" feature is available to visitors on the left hand side menu, and the ability to "browse all issues", "browse by author", and "browse by title" is also available on the same menu. Recent issues of the journal have featured pieces discussing whether or not giving away free digital versions of books affects print sales of the book, and another on the impact of COVID on publishing. Anyone with a penchant for the future of publishing research electronically or physically will find this site to be a great resource.


Designed and created by Linda Joseph, a library media specialist who works with the Columbus, Ohio public school district, CyberBee is a site dedicated to helping young people learn about using the web for research and assisting teachers with the process of using web-based materials in classroom instruction. One nice feature of the site is the Primary Source of the Month, where users can view a primary source (such as a historic postcard), and then answer a number of questions about the source, its origins, and its importance. The research tools section of the site offers helpful information for teachers and students about how to cite electronic sources, how to evaluate the merits of different websites, and about copyright rules on the web. The site is rounded out by a selection of suggestions on how the web can be used in curriculum development, with dedicated sections to different disciplinary approaches, such as those in the fields of language arts, social studies, and mathematics.

International Electrotechnical Commissions

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is "the leading global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies." Electrotechnologies include electronics, magnetics and electromagnetics, electroacoustics, multimedia, telecommunication, and energy production and distribution. The standards are developed so that "a component or system manufactured to IEC standards and manufactured in country A can be sold and used in countries B through to Z." The website provides a brief introduction to the IEC conformity assessment schemes (used to assure customers of product quality) and highlights other resources. For example, a selection from the International Electrotechnical Vocabulary (IEV), which is available for purchase in print as a series or as a CD-ROM, is posted here. Access to the database on Graphical Symbols for Use on Equipment as well as the database containing graphical symbols for use in electrotechnical diagrams requires a paid subscription. Many features of the website seem to be posted specifically for members of IEC Technical Committees and Subcommittees; however, visitors may view a list of IEC patent declarations or browse the posted requests for approval, meeting documents, and IEC reports.

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
Mfg Automate 2022 Detroit, Michigan
Info GeoEd'22 Online
Gen 2022 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) Washington, DC
Info Introductory CyberCamp
Ag/Env STEM Educator Virtual Solar Institute 2022 Online
Eng Energy Drone & Robotics Summit Spring, TX
Bio/Chem Summer DNA Workshops Brooklyn, New York
Info Intermediate CyberCamp
Bio/Chem Summer DNA Workshops Lansing, Michigan
Info Virtual Advanced CyberCamp Online
Info Intermediate CyberCamp
Info Introductory CyberCamp
Ag/Env Sixth Annual Wisconsin STEM Educator Solar Institute Madison, Wisconsin
Bio/Chem Summer DNA Workshops Woodland Hills, CA
Bio/Chem ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) Online
Mfg Summer Teacher Workshop Online
Gen HI-TEC: A National Conference on Advanced Technological Education Salt Lake City, UT
Info Virtual Advanced CyberCamp Online
Eng Minnesota Manufactured Technical Education Conference Anoka, MN
Eng Midwest Teachers of Transportation and Industrial Areas (MTTIA) Annual Conference Brainerd, MN
Eng Mall of America STEAM Event Bloomington, MN
Nano Opportunities and Internships at NASA JPL Online

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.

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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