HI-TEC 2018 Conference - HI-TEC Workshops and Tours

HI-TEC 2018 Workshops and Tours


Monday, July 23, 8:30 A.M.–Noon

Big Data Visualization and Analytics with Tableau

Big data visualization and analytics are becoming a norm in business today. Managing by data and creating a culture of data-driven business intelligence decision-making is changing the landscape of business operation. Data visualization and analytics allow the organization to interact with data to identify trends and gain insights into business operation. As we generate more data, the ability to understand and present data in a meaningful way is increasingly in demand. This presentation will provide hands-on experience in developing data visualization dashboards using Tableau (the leading data analytics tool) for better understanding and decision making. Attendees must bring their own laptops.
Rajiv Malkan, Lone Star College, Conroe, TX

Fiber Optic Technologies for Beginners

This workshop is for instructors who want to learn more about the practical aspects of fiber optics so they can develop or enrich courses with the latest technologies in terminating, connecting, and testing fiber optic networks. In addition to learning about the theory of operation of fibers, participants will terminate a single-mode fiber with the Corning Unicam system, create and test fusion splices, and use an OTDR for signal tracing and troubleshooting. Fiber-to-the-home, passive optical networks, and distributed antenna systems (DAS) will also be covered.
Chrys Panayiotou, Mo Hasanovic, William Keiser, LASER-TEC, Fort Pierce, FL

Infusing Vital Employability Skills into Technical Programs

Join team members of the Necessary Skills Now project to learn how to integrate employability skills into technical programs. We’ll share classroom-ready projects in advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity that infuse employability topics into existing courses. Then we’ll share our process and content development template for embedding employability skills throughout a course in partnership with employers. This interactive workshop will engage participants in identifying intersections of technical and employability skills, developing workplace scenarios, constructing activities that strengthen students’ employability skills, and exploring assessment strategies and tools.
Hope Cotner, John Chamberlain, CORD, Waco, TX; Marilyn Barger, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (FLATE), Tampa, FL

Just-in-Time Learning: Create Once, Use Multiple Ways

In the digital age, students are used to finding "how to's" on the Internet. Just-in-time learning resources can be created that can help students learn, review, and master topics in almost any field. The GeoTech Center is creating videos and PowerPoint resources designed to help faculty teach difficult concepts in geospatial technology. This workshop will cover how GeoTech determined which topics to cover and how the videos were created using a structured format that is accessible to students, faculty, and the workforce.
Ann Johnson, National Geospatial Center of Excellence (GeoTech), Salmon, ID; Vincent DiNoto, National Geospatial Center of Excellence (GeoTech), Louisville, KY

Third-Party Certification and Entry-Level Certificates in Biotechnology

The opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials has become increasingly important in secondary and postsecondary programs designed to prepare students for careers. As a result, transportable, laddered, and latticed credentialing opportunities that document mastery of core bioscience knowledge and skill standards have generated interest nationwide. We invite you to learn about the entry-level Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) and how it is being employed in biotechnology programs. You will also learn about the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (c3bc) postsecondary core competencies, strategies for preparing students for careers in the bioscience industry, BACE implementation, and the student outcomes and industry feedback concerning these efforts.
Linnea Fletcher, AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center, Austin, TX; Tamara Mandell, University of Florida, Miami, FL; Russ Read, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW), Winston-Salem, NC


Monday, July 23, 1:00–4:30 P.M.

Using Arduino in an Interdisciplinary, Project-Based, Introductory Technology/Engineering Course

This workshop will introduce participants to an interdisciplinary, active-learning course that was developed through an NSF ATE grant. The goal of the course was to introduce students, largely underrepresented in STEM, to computer science and engineering topics using a hands-on, project-based approach. Students explore topics such as the project design process, electronics, CAD/CAM, and programming. Workshop participants will experience the course structure and activities and will use an Arduino microcontroller, motors, sensors, and cardboard to build a project of their own. Attendees must bring their own laptops.
Marina Bograd, Guiseppe Sena, iCREAT, Wellesley, MA

Critical Issues and Best Practices in Nanotechnology Education

The Critical Issues and Best Practices (CIBP) Forum is a unique opportunity that will enable participants to share dynamic responses to nanotechnology education and industry trends. The goals of CIBP are to identify critical technology- and workforce-related issues in nanotechnology education and training; recognize, and rank by importance, the most critical challenges faced by technology educators; and feature methods for responding to challenges.
Robert Ehrmann, Michael Lesiecki, Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK), University Park, PA


NSF-Sponsored Teaching Materials for Applied Cryptography and Secure Scripting

This workshop will cover two of the seven cybersecurity instructional modules developed by the NSF Catalyzing Computing and Cybersecurity in Community Colleges (C5) Project. All modules carry a Creative Commons license for adoption and adaption. Workshop participants will be provided with instructional materials for teaching Applied Cryptography and Secure Scripting in introductory computing courses. The C5 materials align with three important curricular standards: 1) the NSA CAE Knowledge Units, 2) the ACM Computer Science Curriculum Guidelines, and 3) the College Board AP Computer Science Principles. The teaching materials were designed to strengthen technician education and help students pursue the NSA CAE2Y designation. Attendees must bring their own laptops and load the software prior to the conference.
Elizabeth Hawthorne, Union County College, Cranford, NJ; Christian Servin, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX; Cliff Kemp, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL

NSF Proposal Writing and Mock Panel Review

This workshop will present an overview of NSF programs of interest to community and technical colleges and four-year institutions. The NSF Merit Review process will be presented, and a panel of principal investigators of current award recipients will discuss their experiences. Participants will review and rate a successful proposal and compare their ratings with those of the panelists who formally reviewed the proposal. Participants will leave with all materials used in the workshop.
V. Celeste Carter, National Science Foundation (NSF), Arlington, VA

Tuesday, July 24, 8:30 A.M.–Noon

New IT/Security Virtual Lab and Internet of Things Showcase

This interactive workshop will feature the latest free virtual laboratories created in the IT/cybersecurity space. The workshop will also offer a special look at selected Internet of Things (IoT) labs. Participants will complete selected labs and learn how to easily implement them in their classrooms. Additional free IT/cybersecurity and IoT curriculum and resources will also be presented. Attendees must bring their own laptops.
Ann Beheler, National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX; Ernie Friend, CTC, Jacksonville, FL; Bill Saichek, CTC, Costa Mesa, CA

Micro Nano Technology (MNT) Special Interest Group (SIG) 2018

The Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting on micro- and nanotechnology education will build and foster the micro- and nanotechnology communities across the country. It will be a venue for sharing ideas and learning from others who work to educate technicians, and a place to stay on the forefront of industry and workforce needs.
Matthias Pleil, Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), Albuquerque, NM; Robert Ehrmann, Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK), University Park, PA

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) with Industry Applications

This workshop will provide hands-on experiences for faculty interested in integrating PLCs into their courses. PLCs represent the control and communications vehicle for industrial mechatronics systems found in many applications. Working in groups of two, participants will review PLC hardware, perform final assembly of their trainers, and practice basic PLC ladder logic programming for a workshop project. This hands-on experience will conclude with a demo of an online PLC application simulator and discussion. The use of small, portable systems to use for training and education will also be discussed. Participants must bring their own laptops.
Marilyn Barger, Richard Gilbert, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (FLATE), Tampa, FL; Dan Horine, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, VA; Doug Laven, South Central College, North Mankato, MN




Tuesday, July 24 1:00–5:00 pm

TOUR: Florida International University (FIU): Academic Research Projects and Labs
1:00-5:00pm; Bus will board at 12:45pm

This tour is a chance to explore several cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, cross-College research projects and labs at Florida International University. The tour will include labs conducting research in nanotechnology, ecotoxicology, virtual reality (iCAVE), and robotics/3-D printing. Each area will be hosted by a member of the research team or lab director.

TOUR: National Hurricane Center (NOAA) and FIU Applied Research Center Projects
1:00-5:00pm; Bus will board at 12:45pm

Attendees will tour the National Hurricane Center (a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA) and then the Applied Research Center at Florida International University. At FIU the tour will visit applied labs and projects engaged in research in cybersecurity and DOE Environmental Management research. (The NOAA portion of the tour will be cancelled if there is an active hurricane in the region, and participants will get to tour additional FIU labs and projects in the above two areas instead.)


TOUR: Equinix Data Center and Miami Dade College MAGIC Animation Tour
1:30-5:00pm; Bus will board at 1:00pm

This tour will have two destinations, the MI1 data center and Miami Dade College’s cutting-edge animation center. MI1, a component of Equinix’s NAP of the Americas (“NOTA”) International Business Exchange™ (IBX), is home to the primary network exchange between the U.S. and Latin America. MI1 provides a pathway for data traffic from the Caribbean and South and Central America to more than 148 countries worldwide, making this IBX the gateway to the Americas. The Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) at Miami Dade College is a state-of-the-art facility designed to mirror a working animation studio like Pixar. The center offers two AS degrees: game development and design, and animation and game art.