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.

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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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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ATE Projects and Centers





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Mfg

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 Employability Skills Framework

This website provides information about the Employability Skills Framework that “was developed as part of the Support for States Employability Standards in CTE and Adult Education project, an initiative of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.” The Framework is a “resource for information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills.” The website defines employability skills, provides resources for planning an employability skills assessment, and includes a lesson planning checklist.  


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Screenshot for Bridgerland’s Machining Troubleshooting Guidebook

This 25-page guidebook provided by Utah College of Applied Technology features a troubleshooting flowchart and nine troubleshooting guides designed to assist novice machinists in developing their troubleshooting skills. The material draws from the experience of expert machinists at Bridgerland Technical College and provides solutions to entry-level machining problems. The guidebook contains troubleshooting guides for the following manual operations, computer numerical control (CNC) operations, and CNC programs:

  • Manual Lathe
  • Manual Mill
  • Mill 2D
  • Lathe Toolpath
  • 2D Toolpath
  • 3D Geomatry/Solid
  • 3D Toolpath
  • CNC Lathe
  • CNC Mill.

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Screenshot for Quantum Technician Skills and Competencies for the Emerging Quantum 2.0 Industry

This 17-page article, provided by Indian River State College, presents the results of a quantum industry survey on the skills and competencies necessary in a quantum technician workforce, followed by recommendations for quantum technician curricula based on the survey results. The article provides an overview of the quantum industry in the United States and an analysis of current quantum education programs, highlighting the insufficient technical training in quantum technologies to meet the projected need for a quantum technician workforce. Additionally, the article discusses the EdQuantum project, which aims to create a curriculum in quantum technologies for technicians.


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Screenshot for C-TEACH Academy:  Using Burettes Laboratory Experiment

This 12-page professional development activity, provided by Cape Fear Community College, introduces STEM educators to the proper use of a burette. The laboratory procedure provides background on the use and setup of a burette, an introductory problem, instructions for the lab, and lab questions. In the first part of the activity, participants will deliver various amounts of water into a container using a burette, aiming to deliver the exact amount of liquid specified. In the second part of the lab, participants will titrate various brands of beers for their percent acidity values (lactic acid). Additionally, a spreadsheet is included, allowing an instructor to input the participant's laboratory data to determine if their tolerance meets industry and glassware standards.


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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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Active ATE Centers 23
Active ATE Projects 327
ATE Resources 6,587
   
New Projects/Centers 97
New Resources 157

ATE Resources by Subject Area

ATE Events by Subject Area

 
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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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