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.

Mechatronics Professional Development #4 - Application of Industrial Sensors

Workshop

June 26 Coumbus, NE

Central Community College, in partnership with the National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, is cosponsoring four professional development opportunities this summer!

During each of these trainings, the facilitators and college instructors will build separate trainers from the beginning and go through lessons which are part of the web-based course. The goal of these trainings are that local community colleges will work with high schools to offer dual credit to the high schools. In Nebraska, the community college is providing the instructor of record for the college credit and the facilitator helps the students and provide classroom management, but your school may choose to use these trainers differently. Those interested are welcome to participate in one or all the classes and will receive a stipend for each course participated in. The courses must be taken in sequential order.

Fourth Course: Application of Industrial Sensors


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Evaluation Essentials for Non-Evaluators: Understanding the Basics and Benefits of Evaluation

Webinar

June 26 Online

Submitting a proposal to the National Science Foundation Advanced Technical Education (ATE) program can be overwhelming. One of the many proposal requirements involves submitting a detailed evaluation plan of your project activities. This webinar is designed for project PIs, staff, grants professionals, and other non-evaluators new to evaluation or those who want a basic refresher. Presenters will cover the fundamental concepts of what evaluation is, why it is important, and how it can benefit your project. In addition, they will share practical strategies for finding and selecting an evaluator for your proposal, including what to do if your institution doesn’t allow the selection of an evaluator before your grant is awarded. While this webinar is geared towards those submitting NSF ATE proposals, the content will benefit those submitting proposals in other NSF programs or STEM education contexts. Bring any and all questions about evaluation!


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Implications of Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity Educators

Workshop

July 8 Online

This workshop is specifically designed for community college faculty who want to integrate AI and AI technologies into their existing network security and information technology programs. As modern organizations increasingly grapple with AI and cybersecurity threats, this workshop provides an essential understanding of how AI is revolutionizing the field of cybersecurity. Participants will delve into a comprehensive exploration of the current state of Artificial Intelligence and its expanding role in cybersecurity engagements, offering insights into the latest advancements and challenges in the domain.


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Whatcom Community College Gencyber Camp

Student Event

July 8 Bellingham, WA

Whatcom Community College is excited to announce their upcoming GenCyber camp at Whatcom Community College on July 8-12 2024 9:00am - 3:00pm. This camp is designed for middle school and high school students who have an interest in technology and protecting information. 

Join a day of fun and learning to explore the world of cybersecurity. During the camp, you will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that will explore a wide range of topics related to cybersecurity. You'll learn about different types of cyber threats, how to identify them, and how to prevent them from happening. The camp will also cover topics such as password security, online privacy, and safe browsing practices.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn about cybersecurity and have fun with like-minded peers!


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Weld-Ed Summer Training - Fundamentals of GMAW Waveforms, Visual Inspection, and Ultrasonic Testing

Workshop

July 9 Williamsport, PA

Join Weld-Ed for a Summer Workshop from July 9-11 for a 3-Day Summer Session on the Fundamentals of GMAW waveforms, visual inspection, and ultrasonic testing at Penn 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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Weld-Ed Summer Training - Fundamentals of Welding Metallurgy - Aluminum & Welding Robotics - Cobots

Workshop

July 9 Ogden, UT

Join Weld-Ed for a Summer Workshop from July 9-11 for a 3-Day Summer Session on the Fundamentals of Welding Metallurgy - Aluminum & Welding Robotics - Cobots at Weber State University!

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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48th ASEV-Eastern Section Annual Meeting

Conference

July 9 Cleveland, OH

The 48th Annual Conference of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section (ASEV-ES) is July 9-11, 2024 in Cleveland, OH. The hotel for the ASEV-ES Conference is the Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square (1260 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115). See below for a tentative conference schedule.  

Tentative Conference Overview
Tuesday
Ohio Vineyard & Winery Tour

Wednesday
Technical Sessions, Student Presentation Competition and Flash Talks for Posters
Oenolympics with Wines of the East Reception

Thursday
Technical Sessions, Student Presentation Competition, and Flash Talks for Posters
Workshop on “Small Organisms, Big Impacts: Exploring the Role of Microbes in Vineyard and Winery Management”
ASEV-ES Grand Awards Reception and Banquet Featuring Ohio Wines


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2024 STEM Solar Institute

Workshop

July 9 Madison, WI

Learn how to teach solar principles in effective, engaging ways in your classroom! Join CREATE in Madison, WI for the STEM Educator Solar Institute. 

At the Institute, you’ll use tools of the trade to install and commission a residential size solar photovoltaic array. You’ll review and practice necessary safety measures and electrical principles. Finally, you’ll perform (and take with you) ready to use hands-on classroom lab activities that will enable you to bring solar energy to life in your classroom. 

  • 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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ASE Instructor Training Conference

Conference

July 15 Minneapolis, MN

Get ready for the 10th Annual ASE Instructor Training Conference – live and in person! Get 20+ hours of technical update training, connect with industry peers, and much more! 


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Microsoft Azure Open AI Fundamentals

Workshop

July 15 Online

The workshop is designed specifically for community college faculty, focusing on the expansive capabilities of Microsoft Azure in the realm of artificial intelligence. This workshop is tailored to prepare participants for the Microsoft Certified: Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals exams, emphasizing hands-on experience with Azure's AI tools and services. The workshop curriculum is structured to cover a broad spectrum of AI topics, beginning with an overview of AI workloads and considerations, which form a significant portion of the course content. Participants will be immersed in the foundational principles of machine learning on Azure, gaining practical skills in building, training, and deploying machine learning models.


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GRRATE Summer Institute - Alachua

Student Event

July 15 Alachua, 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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GRRATE Summer Institute - Keystone Heights

Student Event

July 15 Keystone Heights, 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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Summer 2024 STEM Educator Energy Institute

Workshop

July 16 Pittsboro, NC

Are you a high school or community college instructor interested in learning new ways to incorporate effective and engaging renewable energy education in your classroom? If so, please consider applying to the 2024 NC STEM Educator Energy Institute and learn from a team of technical educators with over 50 years of renewable energy experience.

The Institute, put on in collaboration with Central Carolina Community College, the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE), and the National Science Foundation, is designed to provide educators:

  • An opportunity to gain hands-on experience with tools of the trade
  • Complete classroom and lab activities that will bring solar energy to life in your classroom.
  • A chance to network with other STEM and Energy Instructors
  • Access to funds for materials to use in your classroom

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Advanced Manufacturing Technologies topics include:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • General manufacturing
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Agricultural and Environmental Technologies topics include:

  • Agriculture and aquaculture
  • Environmental technologies
  • Natural resources
  • Nuclear power
  • Solar energy
  • Wind power
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Bio and Chemical Technologies topics include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical and process technologies
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Engineering Technologies topics include:

  • Electronics and controls
  • General engineering
  • Marine technologies
  • Materials technologies
  • Optics
  • Space technologies
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General Advanced Technological Education topics include:

  • Evaluation
  • Learning research
  • Recruitment
  • Teacher preparation
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Information and Security Technologies topics include:

  • Geospatial technologies
  • Information and communications technologies
  • Logistics
  • Security, information assurance, and forensics
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Micro and Nanotechnologies topics include:

  • MEMS
  • Microsystems
  • Semiconductors
 
Screenshot for Experience STEAM Impact Report

This 65-page report from the National Center for Autonomous Technologies describes the Experience STEAM event at the Mall of America, which aimed to inspire social and economic mobility through access to opportunities that inspire students to consider emerging technology and technician career fields. A summary of the event, various STEAM initiatives, and various topics in STEAM education are highlighted. STEAM initiatives include a robotics event, a youth drone sports championship, a STEAM mapping project, a youth STEAM ambassadors group, and more. STEAM topics include grant funding; diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs); and other topics. Feedback, best practices, and lessons learned are also explored. 


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This video from ISO-TOPE at the Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence describes the importance of autonomous technology in society. The role that autonomous technology plays in transportation is highlighted. Improving safety and efficiency are main priorities. The video recording runs 1:00 minute in length. 


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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 Water Treatment Technician: Developing a Curriculum

The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides this DACUM, or curriculum development tool, for water treatment technician programs. Required categories for the position and the specific tasks or competencies associated with each are outlined.


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New Projects/Centers 90
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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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Apprentices learn how to plaster at a trade school in Auburndale, Massachusetts.

New Research: Is College Worth It?

A recent Pew Research Center report reveals that economic outcomes for young adults without a four-year college degree have been improving over the past decade, with increased earnings and reduced poverty rates. Despite these gains, the income gap between those with and without a college degree remains unchanged as young college graduates have also seen improvements in their economic situations. Public opinion on the value of a college degree is mixed, with only 22% of U.S. adults believing that the cost of college is worth it if loans are necessary. Many Americans question the necessity of a college degree for securing a well-paying job, with 40% asserting that it is not very important.

The report highlights that the labor force participation and full-time employment rates for young men and women without a college degree have stabilized or increased after decades of decline. For young men, earnings have risen since 2014, though they remain below early 1970s levels, and poverty rates have significantly decreased. Similarly, young women without a degree have seen their earnings increase and poverty rates fall over the past decade. However, four-year college graduates continue to...


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Dear Colleague Letter: S-STEM Scholarships for Students

The National Science Foundation's Directorate for STEM Education (EDU) invites current ATE program recipients to submit requests for supplemental funding to support scholarships for students eligible under the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM). This initiative aims to address the ongoing high attrition rates among STEM undergraduates in the U.S. by providing financial assistance to academically talented, low-income students pursuing degrees in STEM fields.

Supplemental funding requests should focus exclusively on student scholarships and must meet S-STEM eligibility criteria, including U.S. citizenship, enrollment in a STEM program, academic potential, low-income status, and demonstrated financial need.

Detailed instructions for preparing these requests are provided on the NSF website, including requirements for institutional context, potential scholars' demographics, retention and graduation rates, scholarship amount determination, and existing support structures. Funding will not exceed 20% of the original ATE award and must be submitted with prior NSF approval.

For further guidance and to initiate the submission process,...


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Upcoming Deadline: Metallica Scholars Initiative

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is partnering with Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation for the Metallica Scholars Initiative, an effort to promote career and technical education as a pathway to well-paying jobs. This initiative supports community college students by providing relevant job skill training and connecting them to opportunities that meet employer needs. The collaboration leverages Metallica's influence to elevate the importance and dignity of technical education. 

AACC is now accepting proposals from up to 18 member colleges for Cohort 6, starting on July 1, 2024. The Request for Proposals opened on May 15 and closes on June 7, with announcements the week of June 24.

Since its inception in 2019, the Metallica Scholars Initiative has expanded to 42 colleges across 33 states, supporting student accessibility through scholarships and essential resources. For updates, follow AACC and All Within My Hands on their respective platforms.


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