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In This Issue

Featured Resources: Engineering Technologies

From Enhancing Design and Construction Technology Education Through the Context of Mass Timber:

Designing in Mass Timber: Current Work and Lessons Learned

In this webinar from Michigan State University, Anna Anderson, Ben Ridderbos, and Matt Kanter describe current work and lessons learned in designing and executing mass timber projects. The panelists discuss the collaboration between Equilibrium Consulting and Lord Aeck Sargent, as well as past and current projects in designing mass timber architecture. As each mass timber project is presented, panelists discuss the design and construction methods used, as well as difficulties and successes. Reasons for using mass timber are also highlighted, which include sustainability reasons, aesthetic benefits, and more. Approaches in laminating timber, fabrication, construction types, design considerations, connections, and more mass timber design approaches are also explored.

From Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center:

Energy Efficiency Careers: Commercial and Public Buildings

This 34 page report from SkillUp Washington and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County offers information on energy-related careers available in Washington state as well as degree and certificate programs to prepare workers for these jobs. The report is a product of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Opportunities Project (NEWOP) with the goal of "spotlight[ing] careers in the commercial energy efficiency field and inventory training programs available through local colleges, industry certification programs, and registered apprenticeships."

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

Sustainable Architecture Collaborations with International Partners

In this video from the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technology Education Resource Center (CREATE), Jason Oliver from the College of the Canyons talks about sustainable student design projects with international partners. Oliver describes collaborative online international learning (COIL) and its benefits, explores the 2010 Sustainable Visions Competition and other sustainable architecture projects, and highlights the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). COIL student learning outcomes are also provided, which include applied technical skills development, portfolio content, soft skills development, and academic credit. Student projects are also presented, including a BioClimatic House Design project in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity for communities in El Salvador, as well as a project in Romania that is focused on building a sustainable and culturally responsive educational facility.

Community Connection

Navigating Virtual, Hybrid, and In-Person Conferences

Conferences have always been an essential part of professional development for NSF ATE grantees providing opportunities for networking, learning about new developments and trends in the industry, and expanding one's knowledge and skills. With the advent of virtual and hybrid conferences, attendees now have more options to choose from when it comes to attending conferences. In the latest Impacts blog post, we discuss the differences between virtual, hybrid, and in-person conferences and highlight some of the ATE centers doing all the above.

Virtual: the Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center, which supports heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, building automation, and energy/facilities management, pivoted to entirely virtual formats for their annual institute on high-performance building operations. The institutes have been a success with many speakers, events, and lots of knowledge sharing amongst participants. The BEST center also helps create networking opportunities for attendees by not only having impactful speakers but also providing roundtable discussions so that attendees can connect online.

Hybrid: the ATE PI Conference was held in-person with a virtual track. As always, the conference represented PIs from the full spectrum of high-tech fields represented by ATE. Past years were entirely in-person and during the COVID Pandemic, entirely virtual. This year, the ATE PI Conference switched to a hybrid model. Prior to and after the in-person events happened, a secondary track of virtual events also was held. These virtual events featured information sessions from ATE national centers, breakout rooms, panels, and presentations.

In-Person: an upcoming in-person conference is the Women in Cybersecurity conference (WiCyS) held March 16-18th in Denver, Colorado. This conference brings together women in cybersecurity from academia, research, government, and industry. The WiCyS's first conference was canceled in 2020, but they continued in 2021 as an in-person conference. Subsequently, they've had two more in-person annual conferences to great success with over 1,500 participants and over 200 employer representatives.

Attending a virtual, hybrid, or in-person conference offers unique benefits and drawbacks. Ultimately, the choice of which conference format to attend will depend on the attendee's goals, budget, and availability.

ATE Success Tips: Social Media

Growing Your Social Media Engagement with Images

Adding images to your social media posts are a great way to attract more attention to what your project or center is posting. When it comes to social media posts, Twitter posts can generate 150% more Retweets and Facebook posts have 37% more engagement if they have an image. What types of images should you include to get more engagement with your posts?

  • Choice of images can always be tailored to what you're posting about. Are you posting about an upcoming event, such as a conference, workshop, or webinar? Include an image of the event (possibly from the past) or from the event's website. This can also be a logo, or an icon produced to market the event.
  • Are you posting about a student or staff member's achievements within your project or center? Get their permission to share their photo and include it with your post. Not only will more people engage with your post, but it is a great way to conduct outreach about the achievements of your project or center.
  • Finally, you can always consider adding a free stock photo to your post from a site like Unsplash or Canva. Most stock photo sites can be searched by keyword, which may make finding an image for a workshop or event related to recruitment, for example, a bit easier.

Did You Know?

Revenue from dual-enrollment classes only cover between 72 percent and 85 percent of the costs for the average community college, according to estimates from a recent working paper by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College. The paper also found that a college that enrolls 10 percent of students in dual-enrollment courses has a net loss of between 1.5 percent and 2.8 percent of its total budget.

Select STEM Education Resources

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

Teaching Advanced Physics

Maintained by staff members at the Institute of Physics, the Teaching Advanced Physics (TAP) website provides a wealth of resources designed to help teach physics to advanced high school and college students. The materials here are divided into seven sections, including Electricity, Mechanics, Vibrations and waves, and Energy. Within each of these sections, visitors will find smaller "episodes" which represent a coherent section of teaching that can be covered in one or two lessons. Each episode includes illustrations accompanied by explanatory text that can be used to complement an existing lesson plan. The extensive site covers over 30 topics, including circular motion, Newton's law, drag forces, and kinematics.

Biology Curriculum Resources

Offering science curriculum resources, this Website is from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri. The resources focus on anatomy, life cycles, and plant identification. Many of the photo tutorials are arranged in a sequential order that makes them useful for students reviewing for an exam. Several of the tutorials are appropriate for college level courses.

Crash Course Engineering

Crash Course Engineering is one of the most recent additions to the popular Crash Course YouTube channel founded by vlogging brothers Hank and John Green in 2011. Hosted by engineer, science communicator, and Crash Course veteran Shini Somara and produced in association with PBS Digital Studios, Crash Course Engineering launched in May 2018. Here, learners of all ages will find energetic, fast-paced videos on a wide variety of engineering subjects. Episodes range from introductions to and histories of subfields like mechanical and chemical engineering to explorations of topics such as thermodynamics, nanomaterials, and renewable energy. Each episode is approximately ten minutes long, making them short enough for classroom use and snappy enough for anyone to learn a little in their spare time.

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
Eng Electric Vehicle Battery Data Analytics Online
Eng Texas Public Safety Robotics Summit 2023 Burnet, TX
Info Esri Developer Summit Palm Springs, CA
Eng Laser Welding for E-Mobility: Challenges and Possibilities Online
Eng Mechatronics 101 Workshop Tampa, FL
Nano Nanobiotechnology Workforce Training on a Shoe-String Budget Online
Bio/Chem Workplace Navigation Training: Negotiating for What You Need Online
Ag/Env Multi-Generational Farm Transition Retreat - St. Cloud St. Cloud, MN
Eng 2023 Aviation Maintenance Technician Conference Brooklyn Center, MN
Eng EV Motor Improvements with Torque-Dense Materials and Advanced Powertrain Technology Online
Info 2023 Annual Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) Conference Aurora, CO
Eng Automotive Cybersecurity Detroit 2023 Ann Arbor, MI
Gen 8th Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education Conference Tallahassee, FL
Eng Robots for AI and Industry 4.0 Training and Demo Online
Info 2023 Mid-Atlantic Cybersecurity Capabilities and Careers Symposia (MA-3CS) Largo, MD
Ag/Env Multi-Generational Farm Transition Retreat - Mahnomen Mahnomen, MN
Ag/Env Space Ag Conference Grand Forks, ND
Gen Skills USA Florida Conference Jacksonville, FL
Info Geodesign Summit Redlands, CA
Eng ITEEA Conference 2023 Minneapolis, MN
Eng Optics & Photonics Symposium and Festival Fort Pierce, FL
Info Symposium on Computing at Minority Institutions : Computing for Social Good Virginia Beach, VA
Ag/Env STEM Educator Virtual Solar Institute Online
Info National Security Institute's 36th Annual IMPACT Conference Chantilly, VA
Mfg Creating Videos using Classroom Projects and Student Success Stories Online
Info IT Skill Standards Summit Frisco, TX
Eng ITS America Conference and Expo Grapvine, TX
Mfg How to Increase Student Diversity in ET Programs Online
Eng ACTE’s National Work-based Learning Conference 2023 Atlanta, GA
Eng SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Kissimmee, FL
Bio/Chem Inclusive Research Mentor-Manager Training Workshops Online
Bio/Chem ABRF 2023 Boston, MA
Eng XPONENTIAL 2023 Denver, CO
Eng Robotics Summit & Expo 2023 Boston, MA
Eng Education and Training in Optics and Photonics 2023 Cocoa Beach, FL
Eng Education and Training in Optics and Photonics 2023 Cocoa Beach, FL
Info GEOINT 2023 Symposium St. Louis, MO
Gen NISOD’s 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.

News & Reminders

Community College Innovation Challenge

The CCIC is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is a national competition where community college student teams, working with a faculty or administrator mentor, use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems; participate in an Innovation Boot Camp; and compete for cash awards.

AACC is pleased to announce that planning is underway to hold the Innovation Boot Camp as an in-person event in the Washington, D.C. area on June 12-15, 2023--and full travel support will be provided to the finalist teams to attend.

The Innovation Boot Camp, taking place June 12-15, 2023, provides professional development, mentoring, and coaching designed to build strategic communication and entrepreneurial skills to help students advance their STEM innovations in both the public and private sectors. The Boot Camp culminates in a national poster session and engagement opportunity with STEM leaders and Congressional stakeholders, and a pitch presentation in front of a panel of industry professionals to determine the first, second, and third place winning teams. The application deadline is March 30, 2023.

Read more about the challenge on the AACC's website. For any questions, please contact us at

CCSF Workplace Navigation Workshops

These free workshops aim to provide students or trainees with the knowledge, skills, support and clarity they need to effectively assess and successfully navigate any lab environment and achieve their professional and career goals.

The workshops for Winter/Spring 2022-23 are on the following dates:
Friday, March 10th 4-6pm PT - Negotiating for What You Need

To register visit the workshop's Eventbrite page. More information can received by emailing Karen Leung at

ATE Impacts 2022-2023 Book Showcases Work of ATE Community

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 More information on the book can be found on the ATE Impacts website.

Funding Opportunity from NSF

Keep an eye out for opportunities from the National Science foundation - including this recent Dear Colleague Letter! This DCL encourages proposals to two programs (ATE and S-STEM) supporting workforce development efforts at institutions of higher education. Proposals must build on or leverage strong industry-academic partnerships to strengthen the semiconductor manufacturing workforce.

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.

Resources from the 2022 CAAT Conference

The Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) held their 2022 Conference in late September with a conference theme focused on "Preparing Technicians for Electric Vehicle Technology." Happily, presenters agreed to allow the conference to make their presentations available through CAAT's resource library. Recordings of each speaker's presentation are also available.

Presentations from the 2022 CAAT Conference

Recordings from the 2022 CAAT Conference

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