HI-TEC 2022 Preconference HI-TEC: High Impact Technology Exchange Conference
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HI-TEC: Educating America's Technical Workforce
HI-TEC: Educating America's Technical Workforce

Preconference Workshops, Special Interest Groups, and Tours

Monday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Building Interest in Mechatronics Through a Hands-on High School Dual-Credit Program

This hands-on workshop will introduce an entry-level mechatronics course taught to high school students at a distance in Nebraska and Minnesota. The course, titled “Concepts of Electronics 1,” is the first of four being delivered at a distance to high school students. The presenters will share best practices for delivering technical coursework online. Participants will assemble a trainer and perform lab exercises designed for high school students. Participants will retain the trainer and be asked to submit a report documenting how they used it. Participants will have an opportunity to earn a stipend following the workshop.

Doug Pauley, Associate Dean of Training and Development, Central Community College, Columbus, NE; Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Executive Director and PI, Tunxis Community College, Farmington, CT; Doug Laven, Mechatronics Instructor, South Central College, North Mankato, MN; Jerry Muller, Industrial Trainer/Coordinator, Central Community College, Columbus, NE; Dan Davidchik, Instrumentation Instructor, Central Community College, Columbus, NE

Monday, July 25, 8:30–Noon

How to Conduct Mobile-Instructional Particle Image Velocimetry Experiments in YOUR Science Classroom

This workshop will prepare STEM educators to teach fluid science concepts using particle image velocimetry (PIV). PIV is a state-of-the-art technique that simultaneously visualizes and measures moving flows. While laboratory PIV is inaccessible due to equipment costs and required know-how, we will present a mobile PIV application that enables K-16 educators to conduct PIV experiments for less than $100. This workshop will guide attendees through the steps involved in conducting a classroom PIV experiment with a visually interesting vortex ring flow. Attendees will leave with access to the mI-PIV Android application, online resources for conducting classroom PIV experiments, and confidence gained from hands-on practice of PIV.

Jack Elliott, Graduate Researcher, Utah State University, Logan, UT; Angela Minichiello, Assistant Professor, Utah State University, Logan, UT; Zain Ul Abideen, Graduate Researcher, Utah State University, Logan, UT; Erica Francis, Undergraduate Researcher, Utah State University, Logan, UT; Muhammad Asghar, Graduate Researcher, Utah State University, Logan, UT

Never Go in with a Blank Piece of Paper

As technology, education, and workforce needs continue to change at an exponential rate, it is critical that the connection between student outcomes from courses and programs match the requirements of industry. A strong connection between educators and industry is required to obtain this correlation. A program that produces graduates that meet workforce requirements is guaranteed high hiring rates. Often educators are unsure of the best way to approach industry representatives and how to make those connections. This workshop will provide proven steps and approaches that will lead to initial relationships, rapport, communication, and partnerships. Participants should bring their own laptops for independent searches during the workshop.

Deb Newberry, CEO/President, Newberry Technology Associates, Milwaukee, WI

Practical Demonstration of Quantum Inspired Secure Communication

Quantum technologies are emerging as the technologies of the 21st century with a potential to radically transform the way we live, communicate, and sense the world. Quantum cryptography is a technology that uses quantum physics for 100 percent secure communication. New cryptographic techniques combine quantum and traditional methods to provide protection against quantum threats. In this workshop, we will elaborate on the foundations of the quantum cryptography, how it works, and its current challenges. Participants will set up a simple communication link based on BB84 protocol and demonstrate a classical version of quantum encrypted communication.

Mo Hasanovic, Principal Investigator, EdQuantum, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL; Chrys Panayiotou, Executive Director, LASER-TEC, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL

Monday, July 25, 1:00–4:30

NSF Mock Panel Review

This complimentary workshop will present an overview of NSF with a focus on the proposal submission timeline and the merit review process. Participants will receive a proposal that was submitted to ATE for their review and assessment. Discussion will focus on how well the proposal met the merit review criteria as well as the structure of the proposal with attention paid to the described need, project goals and objectives, evaluation plan, and expertise of the project personnel. NSF POs will facilitate the discussion and in the wrap-up provide a general overview of reviewers’ comments and the post-panel processing steps.

Celeste Carter, Connie DellaPiana, Kalyn Owens, Michael Davis, Program Directors, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA

Integrating Google Applied Digital Skills

The session will help participants teach and learn practical digital skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Learn about our project-based curriculum that teaches useful skills for school, work, and life. These free video-based lessons are adaptable for remote, in-classroom, or hybrid modalities. Participants should bring their own laptops.

Renee Blackshear, Professor, Texas State Technical College, Brownwood, TX

Critiquing Online Instruction: Alaska Tech Learner Project

Alaska Tech Learners is an NSF ATE project that uses multimedia instruction placed on a thumb drive to provide students throughout Alaska with course content. After an overview of the thumb drive model, participants will brainstorm and critique the instruction for content coverage; layout of instruction; use of different learning styles; use of enriching activities; and ability to create diversity, inclusion, and equity in the classroom.

Steve Johnson, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, Prince William Sound College, Valdez, AK

Engaging Employers and Using Skill Standard Resources to Align Curriculum with Workforce Needs

The “IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond” project (DUE 1838535) has convened 250+ employers from across the country to identify required job skills for the most in-demand IT job clusters. Standards produced by ITSS help IT/cyber programs align curriculum with future workforce demands. This project uses the Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model to energize the relationship between educators and employers. Through a series of interactive exercises, workshop attendees will learn how to implement the BILT model at their own colleges and how to use completed employer-led ITSS skill standards for the six most in-demand IT careers. Participants should bring their own laptops.

Ann Beheler, Principal Investigator, IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond, Collin College, Frisco, TX; Christina Titus, Program Director, IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond, Collin College, Frisco, TX


Monday 8:30–Noon

Essential Skills for the Next Generation of Work: From Data Literacy to Data Analytics to Artificial Intelligence

This special interest group will explore the implications of a world in which all workers must be data literate regardless of their discipline area. Because data powers everything, many students are considering careers as data analytics technicians and data scientists that often require artificial intelligence knowledge and skills. Our expert speakers will illuminate the progression of careers and learning along this continuum (data literacy creates a foundation for a data analytics technician career, which can be further strengthened with in-demand artificial intelligence skills) in an interactive session suitable for all who are curious about these subjects. Contact Mark Dempsey (mdempsey@collin.edu) for further information.

Monday 1:00–4:30 

Planning and Experiencing the Biotechnology Future

This meeting is complimentary and open to all educators and individuals involved in biotechnology. Outcomes for the session will include:

InnovATEBIO and BioMADE will start the session with conference planning for the summit. We hope to involve the biotechnology educational community, industry, manufacturing institutes, and trade organizations to determine the structure of the conference. Experiences of the past several years have shown how important emerging workforce trends and research are in the biotechnology arena. Even with a pandemic, advances in immunotherapy and bioindustrial manufacturing have accelerated the need for technicians with a diverse skill set. The summit must cover all of these areas in order to predict the future workforce needs of the industry. Come and be a part of the planning for the summit. The session will end with Scientific Bioprocessing conducting a workshop on their latest technology for biomanufacturing making R & D possible in shaker flasks. As a result, more biotechnology community college and high school programs can afford to educate students in biomanufacturing.

Monday 1:00–5:00 

MNTeSIG Live! 2022

The Micro Nano Technology education Special Interest Group (MNTeSIG) is comprised of educators and industry partners who work together to bring micro and nanotechnology to classrooms across the US and internationally. Our Mission is to foster collaboration between educators at all levels, industry, and agencies for relentless improvement of the micro and nano technology workforce. Come join us for presentations, networking, and professional development! Check us out at https://MNTeSIG.net.

Photonics, Optics, and Quantum Technology

This meeting is open to all educators involved with teaching courses or programs in the areas of photonics, optics, and quantum technologies. It is also open to anyone interested in starting new courses or programs in these areas. Members of this group come from 44 colleges with active programs. During this meeting, every college gives an update of its program, successes, challenges, and future plans. A very active discussion among the group members follows, sharing suggestions on overcoming challenges and addressing future opportunities. This is a great forum for meeting new people, identifying synergies, and creating collaborations for future projects or grants. Learn from senior members of this group who have worked in industry for many years and continue to have a very strong relationship with photonics, optics, and quantum companies and professional societies.

Tuesday, July 26, 8:30–Noon

New IT Lab Showcase: 5G and Blockchains and Smart Contracts

This hands-on workshop will feature new, free virtual labs and class content supported by the National Convergence Technology Center, which is funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Attendees will hear presentations and test-drive new labs related to 5G concepts and Ethereum blockchains and smart contracts skills with the goal of implementing these materials in their own classrooms. Attendees must bring laptops.

Ann Beheler, Principal Investigator, National Convergence Technology Center, Collin College, Frisco, TX; Gordon Snyder, National Convergence Technology Center, Holyoke Community College; Chris Kadlec, National Convergence Technology Center, Georgia Southern University; Debasis Bhattacharya, University of Hawaii Maui College; Bill Saichek, National Convergence Technology Center, San Jose City College; Mark Dempsey, National Convergence Technology Center, Collin College

Exploring BioMEMS Using Arduino Uno and LabView

This workshop will introduce SCME BioMEMS (bio-microelectromechanical systems) material using a custom-built Arduino Uno, LabView, and Xbee transceiver-based kits used to emulate the functionality of continuous glucose monitoring with a glucose sensor and micropump. Each participant will receive a kit for experimentation with wireless technology and BioMEMS. The BioMEMS material that will be used is based on the SCME BioMEMS Overview and BioMEMS Applications online course at https://scme.online/login/index.php. Participants should bring laptops so they can run LabView code (Windows). Participants should download programs before the workshop.

Andrew Bell, SCME, Department Chair, Engineering, Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne, IN; Musbiha Wali, SCME, Instructor INDT/Engineering, Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne, IN; Haiyan Henry Zhang, SCME, Director, Center for Technology Development Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

The Nuts and Bolts of Creating a Two-Year Data Science Program

This session will present lessons learned and practices recommended for the creation of a two-year data science program (associate of science) that focuses on teaching future technicians the skills necessary to succeed in data-driven industries. Participants should bring their own laptops.

David Singletary, Professor, Meeting Industry Needs through a Two-Year Data Science Technician Education Program (DataTEC), Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL; Pamela Brauda, Professor, Meeting Industry Needs through a Two-Year Data Science Technician Education Program (DataTEC), Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL

Drones in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts: How to Start a Drone Program of Any Scale

Because of rapid growth in the demand for drone pilots and drone professionals, there is growing need for drone technology education programs. For schools and districts that would like to develop programs, this raises many questions. What are the legal requirements for engaging students in a classroom or club? What does a teacher need to start a drone class in terms of equipment, software, curriculum? How can a district leverage student interest in drones into a CTE pathway with high completion rates? Attendees to this session will interact with drones, explore curriculum maps and state strands/standards, and see scalable models of instruction for Part107 licensing, design and maintenance, and capstone courses.

Geoffrey Warren, CTE Instructor – UAS, Davis Catalyst Center, Davis School District, Kaysville, UT


Tuesday 8:30–Noon 

Next Generation Manufacturing SIG

The 2022 Next Generation Manufacturing Education Special Interest Group will bring together all who are interested in the continued development of a diverse next generation manufacturing workforce. Participants will learn about best practices, challenges, and trends in next generation manufacturing education including technologies under the disciplines of Design; Fabrication; Processing; Supply Chain, Logistics, and Quality Control; and Industry 4.0. Participants will also be invited to share information about their programs and collaborate on how to address workforce needs at local and national levels. This will be an opportunity to network with colleagues and build nationwide partnerships.

Doug Pauley, Associate Dean of Training and Development, Central Community College, Columbus, NE; Jerry Muller, Industrial Trainer/Coordinator, Central Community College, Columbus, NE; Chrys Panayiotou, Executive Director, LASER-TEC, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL; Chris Dennis, Supply Chain Instructor, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH

TOURS (Tuesday afternoon)


1:00–3:30 (Bus boards at 1:00. Tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. Lunch not included.)
Cosm, a global experiential media and immersive technology company, provides a full stack experience solution including the physical design, engineering, and manufacturing, as well as the software, display engine, and content production to deliver immersive experiences at scale. Our technology redefines the way people experience content across three primary markets: sports and entertainment, science and education, and parks and attractions. This convergence of real and virtual worlds is on display today at the Cosm Experience Center in Salt Lake City. There you can see and feel Shared Reality, our brand of immersive experience, showcased on a 20-meter LED Dome’s 5000-square-foot display in stunning 8K resolution—with 29.5 million pixels shining 10x brighter than the best digital cinematic display.

Fortem Technologies: DroneHunter

1:00–4:30 (Bus loads at 1:00. Lunch not included.)
Fortem Technologies produces a flying robot (drone) called DroneHunter that can act as a drone catcher to bring down dangerous or malicious drones with no collateral damage. DroneHunter can be used at stadiums, power plants, government buildings, etc. to protect against a threat to the facility. Identification of the dangerous or malicious drones is done through AI. Join us for a presentation about DroneHunter and a tour of the facility. NOTE: Attendees must be U.S. citizens to attend.

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