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STEMtech in the ATL

After working for a year now at the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), I’ve not gone through the cycle of conferences. (I’m helping now prepare for our involvement in the November 15 Texas Community College Technology Forum, which is where things were when I started last November. Circle of life.) Of all the conferences the […]

Teaching Wireless Networking Session, Bill Saichek and Karl Dietrich

Is Teaching Wireless Networking in Your Future?

Bill Saichek and Karl Dietrich, both Co-PIs on our grant, recently presented a session at the 2013 HI-TEC conference “Is Teaching Wireless Networking in Your Future?” This session covered the basics of wireless networking, the latest WiFi technology; 802.11n, the future 802.11ac (Gigabit WiFi), teaching tips/tricks/hints for wireless, hands-on exercises and CWNA certification, and the Achilles […]

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PHOTOS: ATE PI Conference 2013

This year the ATE program celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the ATE PI Conference provided the perfect setting to celebrate all that this program has achieved over the past twenty years and to plan ahead for the future. There were excellent workshops, sessions, roundtables, showcase exhibits and plenary speakers at the conference this year. The […]

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Events 101

Prior to joining the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) to help manage its special events and meetings, I spent several years helping organize educational seminars for UCLA Extension. Out there in California, most of my event attendees were international executives from Asia in black suits learning about marketing and media rather than professors from America […]

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October conference preview

By the end of 2013, National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) staff will have directly attended twelve conferences around the country (including eight which we have hosted or co-hosted). Three of those twelve are scheduled for late October. Below is our busy itinerary for the month. If you’ll be attending any of these events, we hope […]

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Camp Android

An unusual program for teenagers was running simultaneous to the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) annual Summer Working Connections professional training event this summer.  In an out-of-the-way, second-floor classroom at Collin College’s Preston Ridge campus in Frisco, Texas, 20 teen girls spent five days learning app-programming basics during “Android App Camp.”  The Collin College camp […]

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Top 3 ATE/NSF Information, Geospatial, and Security Technologies Blogs

The 39 centers of the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program lead dynamic, productive partnerships among industry, community colleges, and other education sectors. The National Convergence Technology Center in Frisco, Texas is one of eight centers that fall under the “Information, Geospatial, and Security Technologies” focus. All of the centers’ core functions include […]

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A closer look at the HI-TEC student posters

“Student posters” are a common element of STEM conferences.  For the uninitiated, it’s a kind of science fair like what you may remember from middle school with plants on record players and celery in colored water.  But “student posters” at STEM conferences, of course, offer far more sophisticated and advanced technical thinking than the brightest […]