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In This Issue

Featured Resources: Engineering Technologies

From Developing Photonics Education in Iowa's Rural Secondary Schools:

Photonics Fundamentals for Secondary Schools

Developing Photonics Education created this hybrid and dual-credit course in Iowa's Rural Secondary Schools project at Indian Hills Community College. This course and supporting materials were created to "increase the number of photonics technicians in the U.S. via the high school to community college pipeline. Supporting work is available to view separately and includes outreach and professional development materials for teachers.

The course introduces students to "the basics of how light travels and several behaviors of light when light interacts with materials, such as: refraction, scattering, absorption, reflection, and transmission." The course also "introduces [...] student[s] [on] how to handle and clean optics, laser safety, how optics manipulate light, how light behaves as a particle and a wave, and the basics of how a laser operates."

From Developing Photonics Education in Iowa's Rural Secondary Schools:

Photonics Fundamentals Information for Iowa High School Teachers

The Developing Photonics Education in Iowa's Rural Secondary Schools project created a hybrid and dual credit course to increase the number of photonics technicians in the U.S. This resource includes materials that were created to further outreach and recruitment efforts for the course. Project staff went to interested secondary schools as guest speakers and gave presentations on the course. Students and teachers attended these events.

These outreach materials include a 4-page supporting information document and six presentations. The supporting document discusses the outreach effort. The presentations cover the following topics: the nature and properties of light, optical components and handling, laser safety and light sources, geometric optics, physical optics, and the basic principles of lasers.

From Laser-TEC:

Lecture 7 - Principles of Lasers

This video is part of a series from Laser-Tec that introduces learners to geometrical optics. This video highlights the principles of lasers. Viewers learn about the distinction between spontaneous and stimulated radiation, energy level diagrams, the mechanism of coherent light generation, the conditions required for gain in a laser, and the function of various components of a laser. Continuous and pulse modes, Bohr's Model of an Atom, absorption, emission, photons, and the Law of Thermodynamics are also explored.

Community Connection

ATE Project Creates Summer STEM Fun

The impacts of ATE Programs and Centers last all year. The ATE funded NextGen Technicians project provides evidence that summer is a perfect time to show young children the benefits of STEM education. Last summer of 2021, NextGEn Technicians hosted two summer camps for Northern Iowan students, which included building robot arms!

Campers were introduced by instructors to the basics of robotics, including the structure, electronics, and programming of robots. They built and programmed their own 3D Printed Robotic arms that utilize control software. Maestro Control Center and PolyScope were used for the 3D Robotic arms. All 3D Printed parts were made with PLA plastic filament on a Flash Forge Creator Pro Printer. At the camp's end, the campers could take their robot arms home.

Visit the ATE Impacts Blog for more information and photos from the summer camps.

ATE Success Tips: Social Media

Current Social Media Trends Round Up

According to Influencer Marketing Hub, 2022 is bringing in many new trends for social media usage. We've rounded up several that could interest ATE Projects and Centers using various social media platforms.

  • Video Content - Influence Marketing Hub writes that "If you're not currently creating videos, it's time that you include them in your content strategy…. You simply have to look at the success of Stories, Reels, and TikTok to realize that engaging short-form videos are now the preferred choice of consumers." ATE Central's last newsletter's Outreach section featured suggestions on how to create videos best.
  • Inclusivity - Organizations often feature their diversity statement and commitments to inclusivity in their workforces and social media. ATE Projects and Centers can work on creating accessible forms of communication for all audiences. AccessATE features tip sheets for creating inclusive videos and accessible websites.
  • Personalization - Make sure you know your audience! It's crucial to keep targeting the different audiences who are using your materials and following you — find ways to target the ones who know your area well and those who might be new. Try to use social media to communicate with both.

Did You Know?

A new report from 3M, the international science-based manufacturer, found that 79% of survey participants agree that science companies would have a greater positive impact on society if they had greater workforce diversity and representation.

3M surveyed 17 countries with over 1000 participants per country. Their final report shows persistent gaps in views on STEM and the skilled trades.

The full report can be read and downloaded here, and 3M's website has more information and breakdowns of the report.

Select STEM Education Resources

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

National Education Association Foundation for the Improvement of Education

The National Education Association (NEA) has a number of laudable public outreach programs, but the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education may be one that is of special interest to teachers in particular. The primary function of the Foundation is to make grants that will improve public education across the nation, including those grants to honor teaching excellence and to create the necessary conditions to attract and retain accomplished teachers in high-need schools. The NEA site includes helpful information and application forms for the organization's numerous grant programs, along with a search engine that will help visitors to hone in on specific materials. The publications area of the site is quite nice as well, and visitors will want to avail themselves of such titles as "Connecting the Bits", which provides information for integrating technology into teaching and learning in K-12 schools.

American Museum of Natural History: Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

This website is the online companion to the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The “Learn and Teach” section provides links to dozens of AMNH activities and articles, ranging in student ages from elementary, higher education, and adults. Also, the online guide to the exhibit is itself a terrific educational resource. For example, the Dioramas section offers great graphics and informative descriptions of ocean life and the terrestrial animals, like polar bears, that depend upon it. Likewise, users can take a virtual tour of the exhibit in the Ecosystems feature or click on Ocean Life to learn more about marine animals (and a few ancient bacteria).

OneWorld Radio

A number of media commentators have been complaining lately about the lack of ideological viewpoints within the vast sea of radio programming, something that has not been lost on the people at OneWorldRadio. Funded by the Department for International Development, OneWorld Radio is part of an international network of over 1200 partner organizations that are utilizing the internet "to promote human rights and sustainable development worldwide." With online audio content from member organizations (such as radio stations) available in French, Spanish, and several other languages, visitors can listen to or download any one of hundreds of programs archived here. Additionally, visitors can elect to search their impressive archive by language, region, or topic. Persons interested in the use of radio for development and human rights will want to examine the news and events section as it contains important updates about events dealing with conferences on media freedom throughout the world and links to important radio broadcasts of note. Finally, visitors (and all who sign up for the free membership) can elect to receive the helpful OneWorldRadio e-newsletter.

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News & Reminders

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 on the ATE Impacts site.

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.

Open for Applications: CCPI-STEM Fellows

CCPI-STEM Fellows program invites applications for Graduate Fellowships from individuals who are pursuing or beginning to pursue graduate degrees and engage in research related to STEM education and workforce development in community colleges. The application deadline is September 15, 2022. Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Check CCPI's website for more information on the application and criteria.

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.

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