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In This Issue

Featured Resources: Agricultural and Environmental Technologies

From Marine Advanced Technology Education Support Center:

The Bridge: An Ocean of Free Teacher-Approved Marine Education Resources

The Bridge, from the Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available on-line. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. On the site, visitors will find lesson plans, career information for students, and a resource center of books, links, aquariums and more.

From Marine Advanced Technology Education Support Center:

Ocean Careers

This website, sponsored by COSEE (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence) and the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, can help in finding an ocean related career or job. Well-organized pages provide information about colleges, professional societies, scholarships, internships, and current job offerings in the field of oceanography and ocean occupations. This site would be useful for high school or college students interested in pursuing a career in any way related to the ocean. These resources will also be helpful for career counselors, employers looking for training materials, and people seeking a career change.

From Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center:

Defining Water Management Report

This 36-page Defining Water Management report, created by the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, validates and updates occupational information collected from business, industry, educators, technicians, researchers, and government representatives. The report defines the water management field and identifies occupational categories and job functions. Water management categories discussed in the report include Administration, Engineering, Laboratory, Plant Maintenance, Regulations & Compliance, Wastewater Operations, Water Operations, and Watershed and Runoff Control. The occupational information is provided for educators, business/industry, and technicians to enhance career education and training in the water management field.

Community Connection

Leveraging Social Media Insights for Outreach

A recent study by Pew Research Center revealed critical insights on U.S. teens' digital habits. Our most recent ATE Impacts blog post covered this report to offer insights on how the ATE community and other STEM organizations might use this data to connect with younger demographics. The study underscores the importance of aligning outreach strategies with teens' platform preferences, emphasizing the dominance of YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram and a decline in Facebook and Twitter.

Notably, a decline in Facebook and Twitter usage suggests a shift in our use of these channels for outreach to this key user group. Recognizing the constant connectivity of teens, STEM organizations are encouraged to deliver dynamic and consistent content, leveraging digital campaigns and ensuring mobile-friendly materials. Demographic variations in social media usage further highlight the need for tailored strategies to resonate with diverse audiences. ATE community members may leverage short videos instead of static posts, such as clips like ATE Central's Student Success Stories. These hold attention longer than an image or text.

For a more in-depth exploration of these insights and their application for outreach, read the recent ATE Impacts blog for a comprehensive understanding of connecting with today's tech-savvy youth.

ATE Success Tips: Social Media

Utilizing Content Scheduling Platforms for Social Media Management

While many ATE Community members recognize the advantages of consistent social media posting, the time investment in frequent updates can be substantial. To maintain an active social media presence for your project or center, especially during busy semesters, consider the practice of crafting and scheduling posts in advance. Some platforms, like Facebook, enable users to pre-schedule posts directly on the site, while others offer centralized content scheduling through specialized tools. Here are some quick tips for your outreach team to select the most suitable scheduling tools:

  1. Evaluate Your Social Media Needs: Assess factors such as the number of platforms your team plans to post on, cost considerations, convenience, and analytics requirements. While platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide in-built scheduling tools, free plans on tools like Hootsuite may be limited in terms of scheduled content across platforms.
  2. Establish a Consistent Posting Schedule: Leverage content scheduling tools effectively by maintaining a regular posting schedule. This not only enhances the usefulness of analytics data but also keeps your audience engaged. Develop a posting schedule to keep your outreach team organized, set goals for posting and engagement, and regularly monitor metrics like post engagement and click-through rates.
  3. Ensure Accessibility Compliance: As outreach aims to showcase your project or center to a broad audience, integrate accessibility best practices into your social media routine. Confirm that your chosen platforms allow the addition of alternative text to images and support captions for shared videos. For guidance on optimizing social media accessibility, refer to the National Center on Accessible Education Materials (AEM) resource page.

Explore further insights on outreach in the ATE Central Outreach Kit.

Did You Know?

According to IPEDS data, in the 2021-22 academic year public community college students constituted 25% of Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients but received only 8.1% of the aid. Independent four-year college students, comprising 20% of recipients, received 31% of the funds, and public four-year college students, accounting for one-third of recipients, received one-third of the aid. The U.S. Department of Education tracks data on two military service-related student aid programs - the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program. The former provides aid for education expenses to military personnel and their dependents, while the latter supports tuition and fees for active duty servicemembers, reservists, and their spouses.

Select STEM Education Resources

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

International Kuril Island Project

This website presents the International Kuril Island Project (IKIP), "an international collaboration of American, Russian, and Japanese scientists to survey the plants, insects, spiders, freshwater and terrestrial mollusks, freshwater fishes, amphibians, and reptiles of the Kuril Archipelago." The website was developed primarily "to provide easy access to project results and databases, both for participants and other interested scientists." Site visitors can link to the project proposal -- submitted by the University of Washington, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Hokkaido University -- to view text and images describing project Objectives, Rationale and Scope, Anticipated Future Research, and more. Links are also provided to project Results (including IKIP databases, publications, and presentations) and Island Info including sections on Vascular Plants, Stoneflies, Nesting Birds, and many more. Additionally, a very nicely organized photo gallery features maps and many beautiful photographs taken by project participants during collecting expeditions to the Kuril Archipelago.

Human Genome Project Information Archive

The Human Genome Project Information Archive has evolved into a "collection of guides and tutorials designed to help students and other novice users get started with some of the resources that make these data available to the public." Here visitors are introduced to various Internet tools that anyone can use to investigate "genetic disorders, chromosomes, genome maps, genes, sequence data, genetic variants, and molecular structures." Visitors can download the Gene Gateway workbook, which contains five activities, complete with screenshots and step-by-step instructions "designed to introduce new users to genetic disorder and bioinformatics resources on the Web". Moving down the homepage, visitors can look into sections such as "Bioinformatics Tools", the "Genetic Disorder Guide", and an outstanding "Chromosome Viewer". The viewer provides a great backdrop for those seeking to understand the physical makeup of human chromosomes.

National Science Foundation: Resources for STEM Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has crafted this well-curated collection of resources generated through NSF-funded educational research and development projects. The topical areas here include Teacher Development, Instructional Materials, Assessment, and Research Syntheses. Educators can navigate to the Resources area to explore over three dozen items, including the online book Worms, Shadows, and Whirlpools that was designed to help young children learn about science. Teacher Development includes thoughtful research materials, such as "Connecting with Mathematics: Ideas Behind Techniques" and the University of California Museum of Paleontology's "Understanding Science" site. Visitors can search the entire contents of the site at their leisure and they can also provide feedback via an online form.

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ATE Events

Upcoming Events
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Eng 2024 ASEE Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) Garden Grove, CA
Gen The Community College Innovation Challenge – Why Your Students Should Apply? Online
Info Cybersecurity Program Development & Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) Workshop Des Moines, WA
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Gen Community College Thought Leaders’ Dialogue II Online
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Ag/Env Ocean Sciences Meeting New Orleans, LA
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Gen Transforming STEM Education: Unleashing Qualitative Insights for Inclusive Learning Environments Online
Gen Moving Up! How-to Tips for Success with YOUR Next ATE Project Proposal Online
Gen Accessible Campus Events: Tools and Considerations Online
Mfg NEVC Annual Meeting Port St. Lucie, FL
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Eng International Technology and Engineering Education Association Conference Memphis, TN
Info Cybersecurity Workshops for Community College Instructors Online
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Gen Innovations Conference Garden Grove, CA
Eng ASME Mechanical Engineering Education Summit Atlanta, GA
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Info Top Ten Global Mapper Pro Tips & Tricks Online
Info 2024 Mid-Atlantic Cybersecurity Capabilities and Careers Symposia (MA3CS) Largo, MD
Eng MN Aviation Maintenance Technician & IA Conference Brooklyn Center, MN
Ag/Env Conference for Advanced Reactor Deployment Charlotte, NC
Gen STEM Day at the Capitol 2024 St Paul, MN
Gen American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference Louisville, KY
Eng UND Aerospace Community Day Grand Forks, ND
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Eng GigaZone TechXpo Bemidji, MN
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News & Reminders

ATE Central Outreach Kit

The ATE Central Outreach Kit was developed as a tool to assist ATE Principal Investigators (PIs) and staff in effectively planning, monitoring, and executing outreach activities.

ATE Central has given the Outreach Kit a refresh with a new design and content, accompanied by a downloadable Template. The new kit is designed to guide you through a step-by-step process and helps you explore how to identify your primary audiences and stakeholders, determine the partners and resources that can support your efforts, and start considering aspects such as branding and messaging.

By utilizing the kit and template, you will make significant progress towards developing a comprehensive plan that enables you to achieve the objectives of your grant, effectively communicate your outcomes and impacts, and showcase the valuable work of your project or center to a diverse range of stakeholders.

The Outreach Kit can be found on ATE Central's website, under the Resources tab.

New Tool - Calendar Feed

The ATE Central Calendar Feed is an easy to customize tool that enables calendar feeds from the ATE Central Events Calendar to quickly be added to either the Outlook or the Mac Calendar app, and will then automatically display upcoming events of interest based on the keywords you include. You can use the feed to populate your personal calendar or to add lists of upcoming events to your ATE center or project website. For WordPress-based sites, free plugins like ICS Calendar will allow you to use a calendar feed to display a list of upcoming events on your WordPress site. You'll need to sign in to your ATE Central account to create a feed - and it's easy to change your selection of keywords to add or subtract areas of interest over time. We look forward to hearing from you as you utilize this new service and as always, we'd love to get your feedback or comments. Don't hesitate to reach out to the team with any questions 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.

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