NSF Convergence Accelerator Program Funds IBM to Host Workshop Series “RISE”

As part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Convergence Accelerator (CA) program, IBM Researchers are hosting a series of workshops titled “Reimagining Advanced Research for Human Good Through Industry and Educational Partnerships” (RISE).

The workshops will bring together practitioners from various public and private institutions including institutions of secondary and higher education, industrial and academic research organizations, social justice organizations, government agencies, tech companies and startups, along with current college students. This group will focus on a convergence approach in discussing and addressing four key areas for achieving the goal of an equitable scientific future. Continue reading “NSF Convergence Accelerator Program Funds IBM to Host Workshop Series “RISE””

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Newest NSF ATE Center Focuses On the Future in Micro Nano Technology Education (MNT-EC)

Jared Ashcroft, PI and Center Director, MNT-EC, Pasadena Community College and Billie Copley, Nano-Link Center for Nanotechnology Education

Microsystems and nanosystems technologies are becoming, if not already, pervasive throughout the daily human experience. The internet of things is expected to support a trillion micro-nano devices. Examples of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) include pressor sensors, microphones, accelerometers, time-keeping devices, photonic devices, and medical instrumentation. The growth and convergence of these technologies will expand for the foreseeable future as the miniaturization and integration processes continue. With this growth comes the need for a hi-tech workforce, and that workforce requires an education that keep pace with rapidly advancing technologies.

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STEM Technician Students Surveyed About Remote Instruction

Marilyn Barger, Executive Director, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center, and Lakshmi Jayaram, President, Inquiry Research Group

During the recent “virtual” Spring Meeting of the Florida Forum on Engineering Technology, participants expressed concern about technician students’ experience in moving to remote instruction this semester due to COVID-19. Based on early reports from community college partners, the transition has been challenging, and some programs indicated students are even considering withdrawing from their programs. As one faculty member explained: “They have given up. [Students] feel they can’t do this online without support.” There was interest in discussing this topic further at the next ET Forum due to both the uncertainty related to the return of in-person instruction and the perceived need to improve student comfort and confidence in online learning. To help inform that discussion, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) and the Inquiry Research Group LLC teamed up to create a small pilot survey to collect some initial feedback from Florida technician students about their online experience this past semester.

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