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.

Bay Area Cyber League 2024 Spring Regional Competition

Student Event

April 20 Fremont, CA

The upcoming Red Team Competition from Bay Area Cyber League is an opportunity for high school and community college students to showcase their cybersecurity skills. This event is open to all students with a passion for technology and security.

As part of the competition, work in teams to identify vulnerabilities and exploit weaknesses in simulated networks, systems and more. Winning teams will receive recognition and prizes. Join this thrilling experience to learn, grow, and collaborate with other like-minded individuals.

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"Girls Can, Too!" 3D Printing Project

Student Event

April 20 Lexington, KY

Join Advanced Manufacturing: Girls Can, Too for one of their Spring Saturday Workshops for middle and high school students to engage them with hands-on activities related to industrial maintenance. This Saturday the workshop will work on a 3D Printing Project.

The overall goal of the project is to recruit and retain more women in Industrial Maintenance Technology by increasing awareness and providing learning opportunities and mentoring beginning in middle school. Girls and young women will gain access to relevant dual credit courses in high school and have high levels of contact with faculty and industry professionals who are women.

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KidWind Workshops - Hydropower 101


April 20 Online

Join KidWind for this hydropower virtual workshop to explore the science of water based power!

During this virtual workshop, educators will learn the foundations of water power including the science and technology of hydropower turbines. This workshop will also introduce activities for the classroom that engage students in dynamic, hands-on energy-based learning.

All teachers who pre-register will receive a $100 kit before the 3 hour virtual training and will go through how to use these materials in the classroom. This workshop has self guided and in-person components.

Some things to know:

  • This workshop and the materials used are geared towards middle school and high school teachers.
  • No prior knowledge of hydropower is required.
  • You will need a stable internet connection and dedicated space in which to work.
  • You will need access to a sink to do some basic hydropower experiments.
  • KidWind will ship you a box of material 4-7 days before the workshop.
  • Preservice and retired teachers are welcome!

Use discount code CREATEWK2024 to reduce the registration cost to $10. Register by April 10th to receive materials prior to the workshop.

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GigaZone TechXpo


April 20 Bemidji, MN

The mission of the GigaZone TechXpo is to spark excitement and create opportunities with technology by connecting students and job seekers with employers, educators and technology enthusiasts from across northern Minnesota. 

The event will be held concurrently with the GigaZone Gaming Championship, an arena-style e-gaming competition produced by Paul Bunyan Communications. Last year’s event attracted more than 4,000. 

The TechXpo will allow businesses that are creatively leveraging technology the opportunity to demonstrate their innovations to a large group of tech-savvy, potential employees. Educators and educational institutions can have their tech-oriented students show off projects and promote technology training programs they offer to their students.

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ABRF 2024 Annual Meeting


April 21 Minneapolis, MN

The ABRF Annual Meeting is an international program that provides timely updates on cutting-edge science and its execution in a shared resource/core facility setting. These meetings also offer informative and practical workshops as well as ample networking opportunities with academics, corporate, and technology partner colleagues.

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April 22 San Diego, CA

XPONENTIAL is a yearly gathering of global leaders and end users in the uncrewed systems and robotics industry. Founded on the belief that cross-pollination drives innovation, it features opportunities to connect and problem-solve with experts across markets and domains. 

At XPONENTIAL, more than 7,500 of the world’s top experts in autonomous technology come together to change the course of human progress. This event is proud to welcome technologists, users, buyers, policymakers, and strategists from over 20 industries and 60 countries. No matter your role, XPONENTIAL will help you stay competitive and take advantage of immediate business opportunities. 

XPONENTIAL is co-hosted by The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA). As the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems and robotics and one of the world’s largest organizers of international trade shows, their teams are committed to ensuring that new autonomous technologies are implemented in safe and equitable ways — so that autonomy works for everyone.

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Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)


April 22 Online

This workshop is funded and tailored specifically for community and technical college faculty members wishing to expand their knowledge, earn an industry certification, and strengthen their ability to incorporate new cybersecurity content in their community college curriculum. This workshop is not intended for students or other non-faculty participants.

Validate your expertise and get the leverage you need to move up in your teaching career. With a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification, you can do just that. CISA is world-renowned as the standard of achievement for those who audit, control, monitor and assess an organization’s information technology and business systems.

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ITSS Summit - Seattle, Washington


April 23 Seattle, WA

In these free hands-on, interactive workshops, attendees will learn how to develop and leverage a future-facing set of skill standards for any technical discipline.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed via a stipend. Participating schools must send at least two people: one faculty member and one administrator.

"ITSS Summit" attendees will...

  • Understand the elements of the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) Model and the skill standards development cycle
  • Discuss strategies for recruiting subject matter experts
  • Practice preparing and hosting SME meetings to prioritize in-demand job skills and KPIs
  • Convert the job skills into student learning outcomes
  • Workshop implementing the skill standard materials into curriculum
  • Develop mentored “action plans” for next steps

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VEX World Championship Competition

Student Event

April 25 Dallas, TX

The 2024 VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, will be held April 25 through May 3 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The annual event brings together the top VEX IQ Robotics Competition, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U Robotics Competition teams from around the globe to celebrate their accomplishments and be crowned champions.

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Utilizing an Interview to Determine a "Good Fit"


April 26 Online

Go beyond focusing solely on presenting yourself as the optimal candidate and utilize the interview to determine if an internship/job opportunity is a “Good Fit” for you. In this workshop you’ll gain strategies to clarify your career and educational goals and frame questions to obtain accurate information to assess if a workplace will support those goals, while also learning to recognize potential misalignments.

Learning outcomes:

  • Define what a ‘bad fit' or 'toxic work environment’ is
  • Outline and clarify your own goals before the interview
  • Use questions during an interview to determine whether a workplace is in alignment with your goals and values
  • Articulate strategies and practice language to frame questions
  • Describe examples of verbal and non-verbal red flags indicating the opportunity may not be a “Good Fit”
  • Describe factors that can make it difficult to recognize and weigh the potential impact of red flags during and after an interview

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ATE Project Talks: Speed Networking and Industrial Biomanufacturing


April 26 Online

This webinar is part of the InnovATEBIO 2024 series of virtual ATE project talks.  This series features leaders in biotechnology workforce education from across the US sharing their work on exciting projects funded by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.  The ATE program supports the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

Each talk will be 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Talk 1: Effective Industry & Student Engagement with Speed Networking 

Talk 2: Module Development for Bioindustrial Manufacturing Workforce Readiness

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ASME Aerospace Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference


April 29 Renton, WA

ASME's 2nd Annual Aerospace Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference (SSDM) gathers aerospace structures, structural dynamics, and materials engineers and researchers from industry, academia, and government agencies to discuss technical advancements in this growing sector. The program is designed to not only showcase the latest research but also encourage meaningful dialogue in a dynamic setting.

Attend SSDM to:

  • Meet your next R&D partner: Connect with government agencies.
  • Advance your products: Choose among hundreds of technical presentations to discover new ways to build, test, and develop aerospace technologies
  • Facilitate product advancement: Participate in sessions focused on applied technological design and development
  • Expand your knowledge in specialized topic areas: Discover new avenues in aerospace structures, structural dynamics, or material
  • Promote your company: Connect with aerospace industry decision makers in person to stay ahead of your competition

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Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)


April 29 Online

This workshop is intended for community college faculty wishing to expand their knowledge, earn an industry certification, and strengthen their ability to incorporate new cybersecurity content in their community college curriculum. This workshop is not intended for students or other non-faculty.

Earning the CISSP proves you have what it takes to effectively design, implement, and manage a best-in-class cybersecurity program. With a CISSP, you validate your expertise and become an (ISC)² member, unlocking a broad array of exclusive resources, educational tools, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

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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 STEM-ID Engineering: Cellphone Challenge

This resource, published by Georgia Tech Research Institute, features an engineering activity designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. In this activity, students work with partners to design a cell phone holder for their partner's phone using a 3D modeling software. Each student will have to come up with a design that meets their partner's requirements. At the end of the activity, the phone holders will be 3D printed and presented to the class. The activity "serves to introduce students to the steps of the engineering design process and to instill in them the importance of communication, documentation, and precise measurement in the creation of new products."

The activity is divided into six sections that last two to three weeks periods. The resource includes the following:

  • An 18-page teacher's activity guide
  • Presentation evaluation rubric
  • Engineering design process poster
  • A sheet imitating a request for design proposals
  • A graphic organizer comparing pitch and concept
  • ...

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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 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 Safety and Health Coordinator DACUM

This resource, from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, provides a job description and task analysis listing/chart for a Safety and Health Coordinator position. This position recognizes, evaluates, and controls workplace hazards through employee education and engineering practices to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Competence areas are highlighted, which include conducting audits, providing information, and more. 

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Screenshot for Brownfields Town Meeting Role Play

This 23-page document from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides educators in environmental education with an activity that explores brownfield areas. "This activity presents a town meeting, with students acting out the roles of stakeholders." A brownfield site in a fictional town is used for the environmental decision making scenario. "The activity generates discussion and planning for redevelopment of a brownfield site and gives the student an insight into participatory environmental decision making." In the document, details on the instructional procedure, a syllabus, time requirements, and handouts are provided. 

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Active ATE Projects 306
ATE Resources 6,524
New Projects/Centers 52
New Resources 148

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Google Discontinuing Universal Analytics

Google Analytics has announced that starting July 1, 2024, Google Analytics 4 will fully replace Universal Analytics. As a result, all Universal Analytics services and APIs will be discontinued. This change will render Universal Analytics properties inaccessible through the Google Analytics platform and its APIs. Users who haven't transitioned to Google Analytics 4 are advised to consult the migration guide to initiate the switch as soon as possible.

Data Preservation To retain access to Universal Analytics data, it is crucial to download or export it immediately. Data not exported through the methods provided in the Google Analytics Help Center will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered. For those utilizing the BigQuery integration for Universal Analytics 360 historical data, it is recommended to commence this process without delay.

Impact on Product Integrations With the discontinuation of Universal Analytics, various services and functionalities tied to it will cease to operate. This includes Universal Analytics goals, ecommerce transactions, and audience lists. Ad campaign performance may be affected, especially if Smart Bidding and media activation are in use....

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All of Us Research Hub Summer Institute 2024

The National Institutes of Health is launching the All of Us Research Hub Summer Institute from June 25 to 28, 2024, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. This groundbreaking program aims to involve over a million people across the US as research participants, creating one of the largest and most diverse datasets ever compiled for health research. Guided by principles of diversity, transparency, and accessibility, the All of Us Research Program offers this data to the public and researchers at all career stages, including students. The goal is to foster an inclusive and diverse research community, inspiring the next generation of scientists.

The Summer Institute will engage participants in a sample research project using the All of Us dataset and educate students on how to utilize the Research Hub for their own research inquiries. Before the Institute, participants must complete an asynchronous learning module introducing the All of Us Research Program and guiding them through dataset registration.

Who should apply? US community college instructors teaching biology, genetics, anatomy, biotech, health, or research methods courses. Benefits include $1,125 participation...

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Upcoming Webinar: Bookshare & DCMP

RIT and DeafTec will host a webinar this week on two pivotal tools- Bookshare and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) this Thursday, Apr 4, 2024, at 1:00 PM in Central. 

Bookshare, esteemed as the leading accessible online library, offers an extensive array of materials ranging from textbooks and bestsellers to children's literature and career guides, specifically designed for individuals with reading challenges. The webinar sheds light on how educators can facilitate their students' access to a complimentary Bookshare account, enabling tailored reading experiences to suit individual needs.

Furthermore, DCMP is recognized as a provider of inclusive educational videos nationwide. Both families and educators are provided insights on how to access a vast collection of videos equipped with captions, audio descriptions, and sign language translations, along with exclusive professional development opportunities.


Sign language interpreting and captioning will be provided.

Registration is available on the Zoom website.

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Second Annual Cybersecurity Across Disciplines (CyAD) Conference

The second annual Cybersecurity Across Disciplines (CyAD) Conference is set to take place in-person at Moraine Valley Community College on June 12-13, 2024.

This event invites community college faculty members, industry representatives, and educators from diverse disciplines to come together and delve into the critical intersections of cybersecurity. Whether you're from the manufacturing, healthcare, retail, engineering, or banking and finance sectors, this conference offers invaluable opportunities to expand your cybersecurity knowledge, integrate it into your curriculum, and collaborate on innovative approaches to cybersecurity education. With interactive presentations, hands-on workshops, and ample networking opportunities, the CyAD conference is designed to equip you with practical tools and insights, regardless of your prior cybersecurity experience.

Register online on the NCyTE website.

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