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 Breakfast Roundtables 

Friday, October 29
7:45 - 8:45 a.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Breakfast roundtables provide a forum for interactive discussion among a small group of people.  They are designed as informal sessions and attendance is not pre-assigned.  Attendance at roundtables is first-come, first-served and limited to a maximum of 12 people including the moderator seated around one round table.

Please note that roundtables do not have access to electricity or audio-visual aids. However, roundtable moderators may bring handouts to help facilitate discussion.

Table 1: Enhance Dissemination with Google AdWords
Michael Lesiecki, Maricopa Community Colleges, AZ

You can expand your outreach and dissemination with a Google AdWords campaign. It is cost effective; but you need to commit the time to do it right. People use “Search” to find what you have to offer—why not help them discover you?

Table 2: Defining Energy Technician Jobs and Sharing Educational Resources
Ellen Kabat Lensch, Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, IA

This roundtable will discuss the existing materials that define energy technician occupations and the need for further definition of this rapidly growing field. The discussion will also encompass existing energy technology resources and current efforts to share this information with business, industry, education, workforce development, and government organizations.

Table 3:
Using Skills Based Competitions for High School Outreach
John Sands, CSSIA, Moraine Valley Community College, IL

This roundtable will focus on the effectiveness of using skills-based competitions to engage and attract high school students to technical and engineering programs. The discussion will include the process of working with corporate partners and government agencies in developing high school skills-based competitions.

Table 4: Engaging Business in the Classroom
Dale Rogers, Nashville State Community College, TN

This roundtable discussion will focus on faculty engagement of local business partners in the classroom for authentic learning experiences, and address promising practices, successes, and lessons learned.

Table 5: Growing a Wind Energy Technician Training Program
John Lamorie, Laramie County Community College, WY
Ed Olson, Laramie County Community College, WY

This roundtable will discuss how to grow a wind energy technician traning program, including equipment needs, internships and jobs for students, funding needs, and expansion of curriculum to online venues.

Table 6: Geospatial Educators Group
Ann Johnson, GeoTech Center, TX

The GeoTech Center will host a roundtable for geospatial educators to discuss mutual issues and introduce the new national Geospatial Technology Competency Model.

Table 7: ATE Evaluation – Building a Community of Practice
Peggie Weeks, Western Michigan University, MI

The ATE Evaluation Resource Center's focus on seeding and nurturing a community of practice for evaluators and interested project personnel continues. ATE evaluators are particularly encouraged to attend—but all are welcome to contribute to the conversation and the community.

Table 8:  Peer-Supported STEM Adoption – Visions on a Process for Broadening Dissemination of Technology Programs
Edgar Troudt, CUNY Kingsborough Community College, NY

 This roundtable will discuss the problems that surround intercampus curriculum dissemination and adoption, and introduce an economic data-driven, peer supported curriculum match maker process. Ideal participants come from both sides of the aisle: the faculty member looking for new programs for their campus, and the grantee who has curricular innovations to disseminate.

Table 9: Educator/Student Collaborative Technology Teams
Jeannette Shaffer, Maricopa Community Colleges, AZ

“The reason I know 100% that I want to teach someday is because of training with my teacher." Discover a unique model for technology training that is easing the pain for technology resistant educators. Discuss and share ideas of how this model may be adapted and improved for future technology training of educators.

Table 10: National Certification in Career Technical Education
Rick Parker, AgrowKnowledge, Kirkwood Community College, IA

Are nationally recognized certifications backed by a standardized examination and a certifying agency beneficial to students graduating from career technical programs? Do these certifications give students an advantage in the employment market?

Table 11: Effective Management of an ATE Center
Robert Spear, Prince George’s Community College, MD

What are the factors that make the management of an ATE Center effective? This discussion will elicit best practices as well as challenges from participants.

Table 12:  Problem Based Learning Implementation in STEM Disciplines
Fenna Hanes, New England Board of Higher Education, MA

The New England Board of Higher Education is implementing its second Problem Based Learning (PBL) project. This session will invite open discussion about the design, implementation, fieldtesting and pedagogical attributes of problem-based learning.

Table 13:
Achieving Broader Impact: What Does Success Look Like and How Will You Know?
Deborah Boisvert, University of Massachusetts-Boston, MA

This roundtable will discuss questions and lessons learned from those seeking to scale an innovation.  Participants will also consider how such efforts might be more effectively supported by the ATE community, especially those projects undertaken with little prior experience in scaling.

Table 14: Advanced Technologies for E-Learning in Technician Education
Anand K. Gramopadhye, Clemson University, SC

How can we make technician education more accessible and more effective through use of today's advanced technologies to enhance e-learning? Next generation screen technologies and broad-band Internet connectivity now make 3-D visualization and simulations possible for wide-spread use in technician education.

Table 15:  Nanotechnology Meets Clean Technology
Robert Cormia, Foothill College, CA

Nanomaterials engineering is providing insights and advances in materials critical to solar energy, batteries and fuel cells, and biosynthetic fuels. We will discuss our work in nanomaterials characterization and key nanostructures.

Table 16: Forging Ahead with Articulation
Lynn Songer, Lane Community College, OR

This roundtable discussion will focus on developing articulation agreements with local colleges and universities.  What is working?  What needs to be done to develop student-friendly pipelines?

Table 17: The Applied Baccalaureate Degree – An Emerging Pathway to Technician Education
Debra Bragg, University of Illinois, IL

This roundtable will encourage discussion and solicit feedback from ATE conferees concerning proposed research on the applied baccalaureate as an emerging pathway to technician education.  The discussion will focus on proposed goals, activities, and products and seek input to improve the project.

Table 18: Integrating Robotics into Engineering Technology
William Beston, Florence-Darlington Technical College, SC

What do today's engineering technicians need to know about robotics?  How can this content be integrated into existing programs? How can e-learning help grow sustainable robotics education programs?

Table 19: Career Pathways Discussion with the U.S. Department of Education
Peirce Hammonds, U.S. Department of Education, DC

This roundtable seeks to engage federal representatives and other ATE conferees in a discusion on successful strategies for engaging underrepresented students in technology programs. Participants will be asked to share effective strategies including marketing materials and any success with online social networking methodologies such as Facebook or online mentoring.

Table 20: Leveraging FabLabs in Education and the STEM World
Jim Janisse, Fox Valley Technical College, WI

This roundtable will discuss the concept of using Fab Labs in education to increase STEM recruitment and retention. Come join the growing Fab Labs movement as we transition from becoming users to creators and inventors.



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