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.

Weld-Ed Summer Training - Surface Inspection NonDestructive Testing

Workshop

July 16 Chattanooga, TN

Join Weld-Ed for a Summer Workshop from July 16-18 for a 3-Day Summer Session on Surface Inspection NonDestructive Testing at Chattanooga State Community College!

What's included:

  1. Training materials: Participants will receive a complete set of training materials for classroom use.
  2. Food: Lunch will be provided at the training site each day.
  3. Hotel: Lodging will be provided for non-local attendees or as needed.
  4. Professional Development Hours

Registration:
$49.00 – Affiliate Price


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NACAT Conference

Conference

July 22 Plainfield, IN

Most instructors know the automotive concepts and can get technical training virtually anywhere, but what about learning strategies to teach the material? This is where the NACAT Conference stands out from all other conferences and associations. The 2024 NACAT Conference has several sessions on how to teach certain material, resources for evaluating students, roundtable sessions to share ideas and experiences from other educations, and much, much more!


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Battery Electric Vehicle Sumer Institute

Workshop

July 22 Dayton, OH

Faculty will apply to participate through an online registration page on the project website. To participate, faculty members must provide a letter of support from their home institutions certifying support of their participation and must:

  • Teach at an ASE Education Accredited postsecondary institution
  • Hold an ASE certification in an area affected by electric vehicle technology
  • Have at least two years of experience teaching automotive technology
  • Agree to integrate new concepts related to electric vehicles into their curricula as a result of attending the professional development activities
  • Agree to report student demographics and outcomes data regarding the effects of secondary school outreach activities and the use of new materials for project reports
  • Agree to participate in assessments of the project and focus groups conducted by the external evaluator to inform continuous improvements
  • Attend all three days of institute

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Summer 2024 STEM Solar Plus Storage Institute

Workshop

July 23 Madison, WI

Join CREATE in Madison for the Solar Plus Storage Institute. You will be guided through hands-on lessons designed to teach students the fundamentals behind energy storage systems and how solar + energy storage works as a whole. Use the hands-on lessons provided during the institute in your classroom and give your students an introduction to this booming industry.

  • Class morning and afternoon at Madison College’s Commercial Avenue campus and outdoor solar. photovoltaic training yard.
  • Hotel accommodations in downtown Madison for two nights provided, along with breakfast and lunch.
  • $600 stipend paid to participants after full completion of the Academy.
  • Lab equipment award application to request student sets of solar PV equipment to support teaching solar in your classroom (valued at $1200). 
  • One graduate credit available (estimated cost $65).

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Strategies and Insights into Evaluation Plans for NSF ATE Proposals

Webinar

July 24 Online

Evaluation is an essential part of a successful grant proposal, particularly in the NSF Advanced Technological Education program. In this webinar, attendees will gain an understanding of the essential elements of an evaluation plan and learn how to integrate evaluation throughout other elements of your proposal. The webinar will explore practical strategies for writing evaluation questions, identifying evaluation indicators, and developing evaluation data matrixes. Attendees will be provided with just-in-time resources for writing a strong evaluation section that is both clear and compelling. This webinar is designed for non-evaluators and evaluators alike who want to gain a deeper understanding of the evaluation requirements for NSF ATE proposals. Other NSF grant seekers can also benefit from this webinar.


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AI in the Classroom: Talks with Q&A

Workshop

July 25 Online

Thursday, July 25, 2pm ET: A three-hour workshop featuring keynote speaker Tom Menella, who will present "The Real Power and False Promise of Generative AI: Student Use, Performance, Perceptions and Faculty Applications of ChatGPT." His presentation will be followed by a series of short presentations (15 or 30-minutes, depending on content) selected from submitted abstracts, followed by thematic breakout rooms to discuss and develop ideas in preparation for the Friday workshop.

Friday, July 26, 2pm ET: An optional one-hour workshop geared towards those participants who want to discuss different aspects of AI in the classroom. There will also have time for networking and socializing to encourage making professional connections.

Participants may attend one or both sessions.


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AI in the Classroom: Workshop

Workshop

July 26 Online

Thursday, July 25, 2pm ET: A three-hour workshop featuring keynote speaker Tom Menella, who will present "The Real Power and False Promise of Generative AI: Student Use, Performance, Perceptions and Faculty Applications of ChatGPT." His presentation will be followed by a series of short presentations (15 or 30-minutes, depending on content) selected from submitted abstracts, followed by thematic breakout rooms to discuss and develop ideas in preparation for the Friday workshop.

Friday, July 26, 2pm ET: An optional one-hour workshop geared towards those participants who want to discuss different aspects of AI in the classroom. There will also have time for networking and socializing to encourage making professional connections.

Participants may attend one or both sessions.


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HI-TEC 2024

Conference

July 29 Kansas City, MO

Supported by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) program, HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with preparing America’s skilled technical workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy.


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BIOTECH Pathways: Summer Institute

Student Event

July 29 Bel Air, MD

This free Biotech Pathways: Summer Institute provides hands-on, minds-on laboratory experiences that allow participants to gain biotechnology skills and learn more about what a career in biotech has to offer.

This program is open to all current high school students who have taken at least one high school biology course.


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UDL-Con: International

Conference

July 30 Sacramento, CA

This year, for the first time, CAST’s Annual Symposium and the UDL-IRN Summit are joining forces to create the world’s largest International UDL Convention. They are excited to bring together these two events to develop and explore how UDL can be used around the world to break down barriers to learning. 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for addressing the educational needs of diverse and variable learners in many settings across many stages of life. It is a means to eradicate persistent inequities in education, informed by the educators who use it and their students.


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Experience STEAM

Student Event

August 2 Bloomington, MN

This 3-day STEAM event provides k-12 youth and families numerous opportunities to experience STEAM [science, technology, engineering, arts, math] in action with highly-engaging hands-on learning experiences!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We will need to fill more than 92,000 tech jobs by 2033! – CompTIA/Lightcast
  • The median wage for tech jobs is $101,365. This is 106% HIGHER than the median state wage in MN! – State of Tech Talent 2023 Report
  • Minnesota has 30 public 2-year community and technical colleges from which to choose.
  • There is a large variety of national and state STEM scholarships available! 

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Society for Industrial Microbiology Conference Annual Meeting

Conference

August 4 Boston, MA

The core technical program builds from the five core SIMB topic areas, Biocatalysis, Cell Culture & Fermentation, Environmental Microbiology, Metabolic Engineering, and Natural Products. The topic area committees and conveners have assembled robust, cutting-edge scientific programs around these areas to highlight industrial successes and emerging research advances in those fields.


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REU Convocation

Conference

August 4 Lincoln, NE

The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Convocation is an end-of-program technical conference (2-3 days) held at one of the sites that conduct their own REU Programs. The Nebraska Nanoscale Facility and Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience will host the convocation in August 2024, where REU students will get excellent exposure to academic, research, and industry professionals in the field. Participants from NNCI REU site programs will present their results in poster and oral formats and network with their peers. This is a wonderful culmination of the research experience.


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ATE Projects and Centers





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Advanced Manufacturing Technologies topics include:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • General manufacturing
Ag/Env

Agricultural and Environmental Technologies topics include:

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

Bio and Chemical Technologies topics include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical and process technologies
Eng

Engineering Technologies topics include:

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

General Advanced Technological Education topics include:

  • Evaluation
  • Learning research
  • Recruitment
  • Teacher preparation
Info

Information and Security Technologies topics include:

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

Micro and Nanotechnologies topics include:

  • MEMS
  • Microsystems
  • Semiconductors
 
Screenshot for Guitar Building Materials: Case Study

This 16-page case study describes the STEM Guitar Project. Guitar building, thermally modified wood, torrefied wood, materials science, making decisions for products and materials, and other related areas are highlighted. Background information on the STEM Guitar Project, emails between project stakeholders, and takeaways are also provided. 


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Screenshot for Virtual Reality: Educational Program for Developing Business Communication Skills in Manufacturing Technician Education

This Android application from Purdue University provides a simulation of the work that advanced manufacturing technicians perform, including details on the work that they perform in automation and data exchange. The simulation is composed of five sections, including an introduction and four sequential storylines. In the simulation, learners role play as a novice technician at a manufacturing company that produces printed paper products. The simulation helps learners develop skills in communication, problem-solving, working in a diverse workplace, and more. A VR headset is required to run the application. Installation instructions are provided in the downloadable ZIP file alongside an Android Package and four Android Opaque Binary Blob files. 


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Screenshot for Introduction to Vacuum Technology: E-Book

This 199-page textbook, provided Erie Community College, provides an introduction to vacuum technology and science, featuring topics curated to the needs of technicians in a production environment. Written by three professors/experts in vacuum technology, the textbook covers a wide range of concepts including gas load, pumping mechanisms, creating a vacuum, gas diffusion and permeation, rough vacuum systems, piping and valves, and more. Each chapter in the textbook includes a variety of sub-units and ends with a series of questions and a separate multiple-choice online quiz linked through the textbook. The chapters are as follows:

  • Chapter 1: Vacuum: An Enabling Technology,
  • Chapter 2: The Behavior of Gases,
  • Chapter 3: An Introduction to Vacuum Systems,
  • Chapter 4: Rough Vacuum Regime.

Related student lab manual with instructor guide, along with videos and labs are available to view separately.


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Screenshot for Course in a Box: Chromatography Techniques

Program Description

InnovATEBIO offers a number of Course-in-a-Box resources intended for instructors to adapt and introduce into new courses. These collections of resources have been compiled and contributed by instructors of InnovATEBIO programs. Resources can include course descriptions, student outcomes, schedules, reading assignments, laboratory exercise, lecture materials, homework, classroom activities, exams, and videos.

Course Description

Chromatography Techniques "introduces the basic concepts involved in the separation of molecules. The purpose of this course is to give students a basic understanding of the basic underlying physico-chemical principles of the chromatographic process. It covers the principles governing chromatographic separation methods, applications of chromatographic methods used in biological and analytical labs, and techniques of chromatography. Students complete lab work using a variety of methods including: thin layer, gel permeation, ion exchange,...


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Screenshot for Pollution Prevention Specialist DACUM

This resource, from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, provides a job description and task analysis listing/chart for a Pollution Prevention Specialist position. This position identifies, evaluates, recommends, and assists in implementing practices that result in waste reduction (including energy and water conservation), regulatory compliance, and potential cost benefits. Competence areas are highlighted, including conducting facility assessments, researching existing and new technologies, and more.


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Active ATE Centers 23
Active ATE Projects 327
ATE Resources 6,592
   
New Projects/Centers 97
New Resources 162

ATE Resources by Subject Area

ATE Events by Subject Area

 
Student works on SEM at Micron-NSU

Biden Administration Funds Technology Hubs

The Biden administration announced a significant investment of $504 million in grants for twelve technology hubs across the U.S., including locations in Ohio, Montana, Nevada, and Florida. This funding aims to support advancements in fields like quantum computing, biomanufacturing, lithium batteries, computer chips, and personalized medicine. The initiative seeks to spread technological innovation beyond major metropolitan areas such as San Francisco and New York City.

The funding is part of the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration efforts, with President Biden previously designating 31 tech hubs in October 2023. The administration is advocating for additional funding to ensure all designated hubs receive the support needed to thrive.

Funded tech hubs include:
- $41 million for Elevate Quantum Tech Hub (CO, NM)
- $41 million for Headwaters Hub (MT)
- $51 million for Heartland BioWorks (IN)
- $51 million for iFAB Tech Hub (IL)
- $21 million for Nevada Tech Hub
- $40 million for NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub (NY)
- $44 million for ReGen Valley Tech Hub (NH)
- $45 million for SC Nexus for Advanced Resilient Energy (SC, GA)
- $19 million for South Florida...


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Upcoming Webinar: Strategies and Insights into Evaluation Plans for NSF ATE Proposals

This webinar will provide a comprehensive understanding of crafting effective evaluation plans for NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) proposals. Attendees will gain insights into the essential elements of an evaluation plan and learn how to integrate evaluation throughout their proposals. The session will cover practical strategies for writing evaluation questions, identifying evaluation indicators, and developing evaluation data matrixes. Additionally, participants will receive valuable resources to help create a clear and compelling evaluation section.

The webinar features Lyssa Wilson Becho, the Director and Principal Investigator at EvaluATE. With a Ph.D. in evaluation and over eight years of experience, Lyssa leads training efforts, including webinars and workshops, and fosters a vibrant evaluation community. Her expertise will guide attendees through the intricacies of NSF ATE proposal evaluations, providing both non-evaluators and seasoned evaluators with practical advice and tools.

Designed to benefit anyone involved in NSF grant proposals, this webinar offers valuable insights for those new to the process as well as those looking to refine their skills. It...


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New NSF ATE Program Solicitation

The new NSF ATE Program Solicitation is now available and there are some changes including new budget amounts for projects and the removal of the ATE Resource/Support Centers track (although similar activities can be supported under the Project track).  Readers can find a synopsis of major changes under the Important Information And Revision Notes section at the beginning of the solicitation as well as helpful information about current Dear Colleague Letters associated with the ATE program.


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New Opportunity: CASCADE Apprenticeship Program

The CASCADE (Commons-Accelerated Silicon Crossroads Apprenticeships for Demands in Engineering) Apprenticeship Program is a groundbreaking initiative developed by the Silicon Crossroads Microelectronics Commons Hub (SCMC), Purdue University, and Synopsys. This collaborative effort aims to propel the future of microelectronics in the United States by cultivating a highly skilled workforce for this essential industry.

The CASCADE Apprenticeship Program blends academic and hands-on experiences. Students begin with a year at Purdue University, gaining a solid theoretical foundation in semiconductor design. The program continues with practical work experience alongside industry leaders like Synopsys, equipping students with the skills needed to thrive in the semiconductor industry.

The Silicon Crossroads Microelectronics Commons Hub fosters innovation and workforce development, supporting the CASCADE program to achieve excellence in domestic microelectronics. Purdue University, known for its strong engineering programs, provides the academic foundation for CASCADE students, even those who may not be pursuing a traditional 4-year degree. Synopsys, a leader in semiconductor design...


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