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.

Blue Marble Academic Program


April 17 Online

GIS instructors worldwide are invited to join this session to learn more about the Blue Marble Academic Program. In this hour-long webinar, Blue Marble will explain how the program works and demonstrate how instructors can benefit from using the free Global Mapper Academic Curriculum.

Blue Marble’s academic licensing program provides complimentary access to both Global Mapper and Geographic Calculator for accredited schools and colleges in the United States, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy. Discounted licensing is also available to academic institutions in other parts of the world. Register today to find out how to bring Global Mapper to your classroom!

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Webinar: NSF Annual and Project Reports


April 17 Online

This webinar covers all aspects of the budget and budget justification for NSF ATE proposals. Topics include: how to prepare a budget for your NSF ATE grant, what to include in your budget category, how to align the budget and project description, how to prepare a budget justification, and how to avoid common errors. Upon completion you will know how to build a budget and budget justification for a competitive grant proposal for NSF ATE.

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It’s About Time, Part II: A Panel Discussion About Requests for Extra Time for Assignments


April 17 Online

This webinar offers an opportunity to hear from disability professionals from a variety of school types and office sizes describing how they evaluate and implement accommodations that require interaction with faculty. When offices have to say no to students who request this accommodation, how do they do it? What other accommodations or supports may be offered to those students? When the accommodation is approved, how is the communication structured? How do understaffed offices find the time for required negotiation with faculty? Are there templates or tricks to help facilitate and expedite the work? Join this conversation to hear how other offices are handling this complicated issue. This webinar will be two hours long, to allow plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

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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 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
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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 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 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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This website highlights work done by the National Science Board to explore the skilled technician workforce. The website includes reports, listening sessions, congressional activities, videos and media, and recordings of meetings. These resources identify opportunities and challenges facing students, incumbent workers, businesses, educators, and others involved with the skilled technical workforce. Recommendations for strengthening the skilled technical workforce are also explored in these resources.

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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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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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DOE: Free Faculty Workshop This Spring

Apply now for a unique opportunity to enhance your students' engagement with renewable energy!

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting a complimentary faculty workshop from May 15-17, 2024, at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois. This workshop aims to foster STEM career pathways for college students, featuring presentations, tours, and training on the Bioenergy Research Education and Bridge (BRIDGES) Program case studies. Developed in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory, BRIDGES offers a curriculum focusing on biofuels, plastics upcycling, sustainable aviation fuel, and more, tailored for various educational levels.

College faculty nationwide, especially from community and technical colleges, are encouraged to apply, with priority given to those farther than 50 miles from Argonne National Laboratory. Travel support is available, and applications close on March 20, 2024. Reach out to for further details.

For inquiries, contact This initiative is part of DOE's commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions through biomass and waste feedstocks across the U.S....

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