There's a lot of energy coming from the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Advanced Technology
Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) and its Interactive Learning Lab.
That's because the lab is devoted to energy in all its many forms, complete with interactive
displays designed specifically for teaching area grade through high school students.
The center is located on the first floor of the Mississippi Plaza office building,
201 Harrison Street, Davenport, directly across the street from the Figge Art Museum.
Beginning in 2016 there’s even more excitement going on at the center because that’s
when we opened our new Virtual Reality training lab. The college offers a full degree
program in this new technology that is the wave of tomorrow. In addition, we are one
of only four EON Reality Innovation Academies in the United States.
The ATEEC lab was made possible through a variety of funding sources including more
than $1 million in grants from the US Department of Education and the Iowa Office
of Energy Independence. An additional $50,000 was provided by the Scott County Regional
Visitors to the lab 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.
ATEEC works closely with area business leaders to assist in attracting new employers
to the area.