CC Week's Tech Update About The Learning Lab
There’s a lot of energy coming from the new Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center (ATEEC) and its Interactive Learning Lab.
That’s because the lab is devoted to teaching energy in all its many forms. It comes complete with interactive displays designed specifically for teaching area grade school through high school students. The new ATEEC center was introduced to the public during grand opening ceremonies in August.
“We at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) are proud of this ATEEC center and in the important role it plays in both education and economic development,” said EICC Chancellor Don Doucette. “This is a unique center with both regional and national appeal. It will draw visitors from throughout the Midwest but also the country and the world.”
The ATEEC Center is located on the first floor of the Mississippi Plaza office building, 201 Harrison Street, directly across the street from the Figge Art Museum. In addition to the learning lab, the center includes office space and classrooms.
The lab has been made possible through a variety of funding sources including more than $1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. An additional $50,000 was provided by the Scott County Regional Authority.
U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, said the facility will encourage students to pursue careers in areas such as science and engineering. They will help advance the fields of energy technology and reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil.
“It’s about moving this country forward in a way we ought to be moving forward,” he said.
Visitors to the lab will have the opportunity learn from a variety of different hands-on displays and a mini-theatre. The displays include: Energy is Everywhere; Living With Energy; Sun, Earth, Wind and Water – The Renewable Energies; Bio Energy; Green Technologies; Energy Jobs; and Energy Careers.
ATEEC was established in 1994 and is a national center of excellence within the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. ATEEC provides educational resources for colleges and K-12 classrooms. It also works with business and industry to identify emerging technologies, enhance technical training, create opportunities for collaboration and educate the workforce.
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