ATE is Advanced Technological Education. With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

NISOD 2024 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence


May 25 Austin, TX

NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence is the definitive gathering of community and technical college educators passionate about teaching and learning. Over the years, NISOD’s annual conference has provided faculty, administrators, and staff with the resources, ideas, and solutions that drive excellence in all areas of community and technical college campuses.

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2024 IEEE 74th Electronic Components and Technology Conference


May 28 Aurora, CO

The Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) is the premier international event that brings together the best in packaging, components and microelectronic systems science, technology and education in an environment of cooperation and technical exchange. ECTC is sponsored by the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society.

The technical program contains papers covering leading edge developments and technical innovations across the packaging spectrum. Topics include advanced packaging, modeling and simulation, Photonics, interconnections, materials and processing, applied reliability, assembly and manufacturing technology, components and RF, and emerging technologies.

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Summer of Nanopore Sequencing 2024 - Arecibo C3 STEM Center


May 29 Arecibo, PR

Nanopore sequencing analyzes individual DNA molecules in real time, and is the “next big thing” in biology education, making real-time DNA sequencing accessible to bioscience teachers and faculty. The DNA Learning Center and Oxford Nanopore are adapting nanopore sequencing for use in education, and you can be among the first to test their integrated Oxford Nanopore MinION/DNA Subway system that can provide DNA sequencing and analysis any time, any place, by anyone, and at an affordable price. Workshop participants will each receive a $300 stipend.

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NICE Conference


June 3 Dallas, TX

This year’s conference theme “Strengthening Ecosystems: Aligning Stakeholders to Bridge the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap” highlights the collective effort to strengthen the cybersecurity landscape. By joining forces with key partners, we can foster a more robust cybersecurity ecosystem to bridge the workforce gap.

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BIO International Convention


June 3 San Diego, CA

BIO 2024 is heading back West to San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center. This conference features innovative programming around the current and future state of biotech. Including areas like therapeutic frontiers, the business of biotech, regulatory and policy outlooks, and human capital.

Also, take part in BIO One-on-One Partnering to find potential business partners and request meetings through our easy-to-use online system. You can expect to find senior biotech executives, business development leaders, and investors from premier firms participating.

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GRRATE Summer Institute - Archer

Student Event

June 3 Archer, FL

Rising 9th - 12th grade students can attend an 8-day summer STEM camp at one of the five Santa Fe College Academic Centers. The summer 2024 curriculum will cover hands-on learning for rocketry, where students can learn to design, build and launch rockets along with improving math skills. 

There will be no cost for this program for campers and GRRATE is excited about getting students thinking about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) technical fields after graduation.

This is an 8-day camp offered in five locations from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Andrews Center (Starke) - June 24 - July 5, 2024
  • Blount Center (Downtown Gainesville) - June 17 - 27, 2024
  • Davis Center (Archer) - June 3 - 13, 2024
  • Perry Center (Alachua) - July 15 - 25, 2024
  • Watson Center (Keystone Heights) - July 15 - 25, 2024

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2024 PTI Conference


June 4 Portland, ME

The 2024 Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI) Collaborative on Postsecondary Education and Disability Conference will be taking place from June 4th – 7th in Portland, Maine. The objective of the Training Institute is to assist concerned professionals to meet the unique needs of college students with disabilities. Participants can select sessions about a wide range of cutting-edge topics in variety of formats, including 3-day strands, single sessions, poster presentations and pre-institute sessions. All formats provide participants with in-depth information and adequate time for questions and follow-up activities. 

Participants also have opportunities to share information and network with each other at various activities throughout the week.

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University of Minnesota: Micro and Nanotechnology Health & Safety Workshop 2024


June 4 Minneapolis, MN

This summer MNT-EC is offering a three-day workshop in partnership with the University of Minnesota – Environmental Health Sciences Division. Topics currently planned for each day.

  1. Occupational Hygiene Principles Applied to MNT
  2. Measurement of Airborne and Colloidal MNT Particles
  3. Preventing Exposures to MNT Particles
  4. Practical Applications of MNT Health and Safety Principles

Offered by the University’s Environmental Health Sciences Division and its Nano Center, the MNT Health and Safety workshop will cover safety practices in the instructional laboratory, including understanding micro/nanoparticle properties, selecting and using personal protective equipment, and safely carrying out chemical syntheses of nanomaterials.

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Water, Water Everywhere - Nanotechnology Applications (Zoom Workshop)


June 4 Online

The exponential increase in nanotechnology research and equipment had led to a new level of understanding of the world around us. That understanding is resulting in new applications and products.

These include glaucoma detection based on the structure in a butterfly's wing, shark skin structures applied to airplane wings that reduces air friction and increases fuel efficiency and small stations that pull water out of desert air. The research and multiple applications rely on macro level traditional science concepts as well as phenomena that only occurs at the nanoscale. This workshop will investigate several examples of nature's applications of nanoscale phenomena and how researchers are applying that knowledge to new products and applications. Education content applicable for integration into traditional science courses will be presented.

Presenter: Deb Newberry

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Mentor Up Workshop


June 5 Online

Participants in this workshop will learn about the NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program and how to most effectively apply for grant funding. Faculty must propose a specific project to improve an ATE-eligible technical program in a one page proposal. One-page proposals will be reviewed through April 1st or until all spaces are full. Proposals will be either accepted or sent back for corrections and the website will remain open until the workshop and a waiting list are full. Workshop activities will include presentations; planning and writing sessions with mentors who have had extensive experience with ATE and NSF; and networking with colleagues from similar institutions around the country. Two faculty from each college can receive stipend support.

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Maker Faire NoVa

Student Event

June 9 Alexandria, VA

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects. Referred to as the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - this event is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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2024 Energy Drone & Robotics Summit


June 10 The Woodlands, TX

The Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition Community Works Together to Improve Safety, Efficiency, ROI & Data Analytics in Energy Operations with UAVs/Robotics/AI.

The Energy Drone & Robotics Summit is the largest event in the world for UAVs, Robotics & Data/AI/ML, exclusively focused on the business and technology of unmanned systems, automation and data/AI in energy & industrial operations

2024 Summit Tracks:

  • Robotics/UAVs Inspection, Maintenance & Repair
  • UAV/Drone Ops: Surveying & Mapping
  • Marine Robotics
  • Methane/Emissions Strategies
  • Industrial Drone Delivery & Autonomous Cargo
  • Drone Geoscience
  • Energy DataOps: AI/ML
  • Energy Automation
  • Industrial Emergency Management/Public Safety: UAV & Robotics
  • Industrial Reality Capture & Digital Twins

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Summer of Nanopore Sequencing 2024 - Skyline College


June 10 San Bruno, CA

Nanopore sequencing analyzes individual DNA molecules in real time, and is the “next big thing” in biology education, making real-time DNA sequencing accessible to bioscience teachers and faculty. The DNA Learning Center and Oxford Nanopore are adapting nanopore sequencing for use in education, and you can be among the first to test their integrated Oxford Nanopore MinION/DNA Subway system that can provide DNA sequencing and analysis any time, any place, by anyone, and at an affordable price. Workshop participants will each receive a $300 stipend.

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ATE Projects and Centers

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Advanced Manufacturing Technologies topics include:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • General manufacturing

Agricultural and Environmental Technologies topics include:

  • Agriculture and aquaculture
  • Environmental technologies
  • Natural resources
  • Nuclear power
  • Solar energy
  • Wind power

Bio and Chemical Technologies topics include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical and process technologies

Engineering Technologies topics include:

  • Electronics and controls
  • General engineering
  • Marine technologies
  • Materials technologies
  • Optics
  • Space technologies

General Advanced Technological Education topics include:

  • Evaluation
  • Learning research
  • Recruitment
  • Teacher preparation

Information and Security Technologies topics include:

  • Geospatial technologies
  • Information and communications technologies
  • Logistics
  • Security, information assurance, and forensics

Micro and Nanotechnologies topics include:

  • MEMS
  • Microsystems
  • Semiconductors
Screenshot for Stacking the Deck

The Stack the Deck website, created by Ohio University's Russ College of Engineering and Technology, provides competency cards that break the categories of the Department of Labor (DOL) Engineering Competency Model into challenges based on common interview questions asked by leading technology and manufacturing companies. Learners and entry-level employees can use this resource to explore past experiences and identify new opportunities to practice employability skills. The deck contains five types of competency cards: personal effectiveness, academic, workplace effectiveness, industry-wide technical, and wildcard. Competencies include wellness and self care, professionalism, teamwork, and more.

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Screenshot for Bridging the Skills Gap in Smart Manufacturing Promotional Materials, 2021-2022

This collection, published by Marion Technical College, provides promotional materials for the 2021 and 2022 Smart Manufacturing Summer Camps. This 3-day program, located at Marion Technical College's campus, engaged students from ages 12 to 18 in introductory Smart Manufacturing topics. The program introduced students to the internet of things, taught beginner Python, provided hands-on activities, and gave tours of the campus' engineering labs. This summer camp is part of a program that aims to recruit students into Smart Manufacturing industries. 

The 2021 collection is composed of an informational flyer, survey, and promotional video. The flyer provides information on the date, time, location, and registration process for the program. The flyer also highlights the curriculum. The 3-page survey inquires about participants' ages, experiences with the summer camp, and suggestions for the program. The promotional video provides highlights of lectures, workshops, and tours. The video...

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Screenshot for Multicolor Antibody Staining of T Cells

This 13-page resource, from Frederick Community College is a standard operating procedure (SOP) for multicolor panel antibody staining of T Lymphocytes. The SOP outlines the purpose, scope, definitions, references, safety measures, responsibilities, materials and equipment involved in the procedure. Step-by-step procedures are provided for assessing the presence of a panel of antibodies on the surface of CD3 Jurkat cells to understand lymphocyte expression profiles accurately.

Procedure steps include: confirming the cytometer is on and calibrated, preparing the sample, compensation control preparation, sample staining, setting the acquisition parameters on the cytometer, creating sample gating strategy on the cytometer, sample acquisition, data analysis, and exporting the data. Detailed steps are included.

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Screenshot for PBE Administrative Policies

This collection of documents from Texas State Technical College (TSTC) provides a sample of administrative policies used in implementing performance-based education (PBE).

These documents are composed of a cybersecurity departmental standard policy, statewide operating standards for faculty expectations and grading systems, an advising acknowledgment form, and a remote access hardship application. The cybersecurity department standard policy addresses requirements for the mastery of course competencies through assessments in PBE courses. The statewide operating standard for faculty expectations and workload addresses the assignment of fair and equitable instructional duties to full-time faculty commensurate with their teaching discipline and other responsibilities. The statewide operating standard for grading systems addresses how TSTC measures student achievement of skills, knowledge, and competencies and how to report student performance for each course attempted or credited with a...

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Screenshot for Diversity in Clean Energy

This report, published by E2, highlights the need for better diversity in clean energy industries in the United States. Findings demonstrate that four out of ten racial and ethnic minority groups are represented in the clean energy workforce, black workers comprise eight percent of the clean energy workforce, less than 30 percent of clean energy workers are women, and more. The research methodology, terms and racial categories, and the job sectors that are analyzed are highlighted. The report explores clean energy labor force characteristics by race, ethnicity, and gender; and energy labor force demographics by sector and sub-sectors. State-level and sector-level findings are provided. Suggestions for addressing these issues with policies, higher education, and more are also provided. 

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Upcoming Event: STEM Educator Solar Institute

Educators looking to effectively and engagingly teach solar principles in their classrooms can join the STEM Educator Solar Institute in Madison, WI. This unique opportunity is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to bring solar energy concepts to life for their students.

At the Institute, attendees will gain hands-on experience with the tools of the trade by installing and commissioning a residential-sized solar photovoltaic (PV) array. They will learn and practice essential safety measures and electrical principles, ensuring thorough preparation to handle and teach these technologies. In addition, participants will engage in ready-to-use, hands-on classroom lab activities, which can be implemented immediately in their own teaching environments.

The STEM Educator Solar Institute will be held from July 9-11, 2024, at the Commercial Avenue Campus in Madison, WI. Sessions will take place both indoors at Madison College’s Commercial Avenue campus and outdoors in the solar photovoltaic training yard. This immersive experience includes two nights of hotel accommodations in downtown Madison, along with breakfast and lunch each day, allowing participants to...

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NSF Celebrates 74 Years of Innovation

On May 10, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) proudly commemorates its 74th anniversary, celebrating over seven decades of groundbreaking advancements in science and technology.

Since its establishment in 1950, NSF has been a beacon of support for visionary ideas and transformative innovations spanning the spectrum of scientific and engineering disciplines.

Next year, May 10, 2025, NSF will celebrate 75 years of innovation and discovery. In honor of this momentous occasion, a year-long series of events and activities will unfold across the nation, spotlighting the profound impact of NSF-funded research on society and the economy. From new insights into the natural world to fostering technological breakthroughs that shape lives, NSF's contributions have been integral to driving progress and enhancing understandings of the world.

Stay tuned for on the NSF website for updates and invitations to participate in the festivities for 75 years of scientific excellence.

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High School CS Classes Lead to More Degrees

A recent study conducted in Maryland demonstrates the significant impact of high-quality computer science courses in high schools on students' career trajectories and diversity within the field.

Led by Jing Liu, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, the study found that students who took such courses were 10 percentage points more likely to major in computer science in college and 5 percentage points more likely to complete a CS degree program. Particularly noteworthy was the positive effect on underrepresented groups, including females, Black students, and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds, indicating progress in addressing disparities in the tech industry. Despite these advancements, challenges remain in broadening participation and ensuring teacher qualifications.

While 57% of U.S. high schools offer introductory computer science courses, efforts like Maryland's statewide requirement for high schools to offer high-quality computer science courses highlight the need for broader participation and improved teacher training. Additionally, addressing the shortage of qualified teachers remains a significant hurdle, requiring strategies to motivate and...

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Upcoming Event: NICE Conference & Expo

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is proud to announce the upcoming NICE Conference & Expo: Strengthening Ecosystems, scheduled from June 3rd to June 5th, 2024, at the Sheraton Dallas. This three-day event will serve as a platform for cybersecurity stakeholders to converge, collaborate, and address the pressing need to bridge the cybersecurity workforce gap.

With the theme "Strengthening Ecosystems: Aligning Stakeholders to Bridge the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap," the conference underscores the collective endeavor required to fortify the cybersecurity landscape. By uniting with key partners, participants will delve into strategies and initiatives aimed at fostering a more resilient cybersecurity ecosystem.

Supported by NICE, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the U.S. Department of Commerce, this conference represents a significant opportunity for professionals, educators, policymakers, and industry leaders to exchange insights, best practices, and innovative approaches in cybersecurity workforce development.

Registration is now open, with regular registration available until May 14, 2024, or until capacity is...

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