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.


Experiencing Inaccessible PDFs and the National Network for Equitable Library Service


January 20 ,

This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Community of Practice. In this presentation, Dr Daniella Levy-Pinto will talk about the experiences of being provided inaccessible journal articles, eBooks, and other scholarly materials. She will comment on the consequences badly produced reading material has for the blind community and the scholarly community more broadly. Daniella will then describe the work of the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). The work of NNELS to advance the born-accessible paradigm has been recognized by the Accessible Books Consortium, through the International Excellence Award on Accessible Publishing  in the initiatives category.  Daniella will highlight what librarians in all capacities can do to remove barriers to reading.

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Photonics West 2022


January 22 San Francisco, CA

Experience the energy of Photonics West as everyone gathers for an exciting year in San Francisco. Get ready to enjoy real conversations, hear the latest breakthroughs, and make important connections in person. Hear cutting-edge research in biomedical optics, biophotonics, industrial lasers, optoelectronics, microfabrication, MOEMS-MEMS, displays, and more. Attend technical presentations, courses, two world-class exhibitions, plenary presentations, and a variety of networking activities. Meet up with the optics and photonics community at the Moscone Center.

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NCCE 2022


February 2 Seattle, WA

The NCCE 2022 will be back in-person in 2022 in Seattle, Washington, February 2-4. NCCE is leading, engaging and assisting educational communities in the Pacific Northwest to reach higher levels of student and educator success through the use of 21st century technology.

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to connect face-to-face with educators seeking information and solutions to fit their expanding needs. NCCE draws district and school administrators, IT and curriculum directors, teacher-librarians and many others who are directly involved with the implementation of technology in the classroom.

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Student Event

February 5 Thief River Falls, MN

The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) is excited to host the RADC 2021-22 Challenge: Downdraft 2! The RADC Tournament is open to middle and high school students, with families and friends welcome to spectate the event. Doors will open at 7:30 AM with team check-in beginning at 8:00 AM. 

The winner of this tournament will earn a spot to the Worlds Competition! 

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2022 ATHEN Virtual STEM Accessibility Conference


February 10 Online

The Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) is hosting the first ever Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math virtual conference on February 10th and 11th, 2022! Organizers are striving for a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. This is going to be exciting, novel, resourceful, and enlightening to all who care about accessible content in STEM fields in higher education. There will be 2 concurrent sessions offered each hour so you have reduced FOMO (fear of missing out).

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Increasing Community Resilience to Extreme Weather and Environmental Hazards


February 15 Online

The Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities (CSCRC) Project aims to engage the public in active learning and resilience planning around heat waves, sea level rise, extreme precipitation, and drought. Throughout 2021, participating science centers from across the US organized and implemented science-to-civics campaigns in their communities with the goal of increasing resilience to extreme weather and environmental hazards through citizen-created data, local knowledge, and community values. In this online workshop we will hear from the CSCRC project team at the Museum of Science, Boston and SciStarter about the outcomes of this NOAA-funded work. Participants will also hear from select NISE Network partners who participated in the project and learn about ways people can engage communities in this programming.

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The Art and Science of Asking Meaningful Evaluation Questions


February 16 Online

There are no stupid questions, but some questions are better than others when it comes to framing evaluations. The best evaluation questions are reasonably scoped, informed by a breadth of information sources, and define the boundaries of an evaluation.

Determining the questions that will focus an evaluation is a critical first step in evaluation planning. It’s an opportunity to surface the values that should guide technical decision-making, think ahead to how questions will be answered with data, and clarify expectations for the evaluation. In this webinar, we will walk through guidelines for asking good process and outcome evaluation questions for ATE projects. We’ll grapple with balancing the science of linking questions to project logic models and intended outcomes with the art of asking questions that are clear, meaningful, and answerable.

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The Science of Teaching


February 18 San Francisco, California

This conference will combine COVID lessons learned with the Science of Learning to create a new Science of Teaching to improve education. Participants will explore ways learning sciences, portable EEG devices, and researcher-teacher partnerships are changing teaching, as well as how design science is reshaping school schedules, start times, and learning environments. Discover ways to create more flexible, personal, engaging, and blended learning; use design thinking and instructional design; rethink grades, assessments, and leadership; and redesign learning spaces to improve learning.

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IMS Digital Credentials Summit


February 28 Atlanta, Georgia

Join IMS Global for the annual Digital Credentials Summit at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. At the Digital Credentials Summit, participants will become part of the educational experience transformation toward a new focus on developing talent and connecting talent to opportunities. Igniting this talent continuum is a diverse set of new mindsets, partnerships, and products. They all revolve around a simple concept that digital credentials can provide better ways to reward credit and link to opportunities than current paper transcripts, certificates, and resumes.

This cross-sector event is the only one of its kind bringing together the leading higher education, K-12, business, philanthropy, corporate training, and workforce development organizations.

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Minnesota Transportation Conference & Expo


February 28 St. Paul, MN

The 2022 Minnesota Transportation Conference & Expo is hosted by ACEC-MN in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Minnesota Transportation Alliance. MTC&E has a long-standing reputation for bringing the industry's "best and brightest" together under one roof and highlighting innovative transportation solutions that serve the Midwest and benefit the nation!

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Working with STEM Experts - If Only There Was a Guide....Now There Is!


March 1 Online

In this online workshop, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE) will explore the NISE Networks Working with STEM Experts Guide - a practical resource for how to find, prepare, and work with the experts in your community. This workshop will discuss strategies for finding different types of expertise, including indigenous voices, lists of experts by subject area, at colleges and universities, student groups, professional societies, diversity-serving professional societies, local industry professionals, affinity and enthusiast groups, local, state, and federal agencies. The workshop will provide best practices for integrating experts into any programming topic in an informal learning setting, as well as helpful tools for creating successful, fun, effective experiences for all. Come learn how to utilize the valuable expertise in your community and provide access to these experts for your audiences.

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Free Workshop Series - Exploiting Systems


March 5 ,

Join the Bay Area Cyber League for a free monthly Cybersecurity Workshop series. This monthly series is a great way to learn about many of the different facets of cybersecurity. Feel free to join for all or pick and choose the topics that interest you the most. 

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Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) 2022


March 17 Cleveland, OH

WiCyS brings together women in cybersecurity from academia (faculty and students), research, government, and industry - all while creating a community of engagement, encouragement, and support at a technical conference.

What sets the WiCyS 2022 conference apart from others is that approximately 50% of the attendees are selected scholarship students from High School, 2 and 4-year institutions at all levels of education, and 50% of attendees are professionals at various levels of their careers.

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ATE Projects and Centers

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Module Description:

This module was created by the Center for Nanotechnology Education (Nano-Link) and introduces students to surface area to volume ratio concepts. "This simple activity conveys one of the most profound aspects of Nanoscience - that for a given volume of material the total surface area increases non-linearly as the volume is divided into smaller and smaller pieces." 

Module Contents:

Module contents include an instructor lesson guide, a PowerPoint presentation, and two lesson standards alignment documents. The 10-page guide includes background information about surface area to volume ratio, a learning activity, discussion questions, resources, and more. The PowerPoint presentation also includes background information. 

Versions in Spanish are also included for most of the module documents.

For orientation purposes SurfaceAreaToVolumeRatio-Module - Nano-Link.pdf is included as a separate attachment and offers a sample of the type of material included in...

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Lesson Description: 

This lesson is the sixth of nine lessons from the Vocational Math: Contextualized for Construction course that was taught at Madison Area Technical College. During this lesson students work in groups, followed by whole class discussion, on volume problems contextualized for construction. The class starts out by following up from Lesson 5 and demonstrating how to calculate the Pythagorean theorem allowing the Construction Master Calculator to 'do the work.' Students then work through a 3-act-math problem to practice finding the volume of a cylinder. Discussion about the units for volume and converting between cubic inches, cubic feet, and cubic yards is followed by two contextualized volume problems - one that looks at pouring concrete cylinders for deck support columns, and the other for pouring a concrete slab for a shed.

The expected total time for the lesson is 117 minutes. Lesson materials needed include a geometry formula sheet, example volume box with...

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This 16-page resource, from the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, is a guide intended to help teachers increase student exposure to robotics and manufacturing. This resource discuses the importance of robotics in manufacturing, the need for qualified workers in STEM fields, and ways for getting students to participate in robotics programs. Competitive robotics, engaging manufacturers, manufacturing partnerships, engaging community, fundraising ideas, and digital badges are covered.

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This 50-page article from the GeoTech Center provides descriptions of additional workforce competencies that may not have been entirely covered in the Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM). Although the GMCM was not intended to be a comprehensive list of all workforce competencies, recognizing and expanding upon areas which were not described is valuable. In this document, job tasks as well as knowledge and skills are included and organized by category. Job analysis panel information can be found at the end of the document.

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Careers in Biotechnology: A Counselor's Guide to the Best Jobs in the United States was developed from a partnership between California Community Colleges and Bio-Link. The guide "is a quick information source for counselors, instructors and any other person interested in a biotechnology career." Chapters include Biotechnology in the United States, Qualifications, Training and Interests, Best Jobs in Biotechnology, and Finding a Job. A glossary is provided at the end of the document for those unfamiliar with biotechnology terms.

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Upcoming Webinar: Experiencing Inaccessible PDFs

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarian's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Community of Practice will host a webinar, "Experiencing Inaccessible PDFs and How the National Network for Equitable Library Service Has Been Advancing the Agenda of Accessible Publishing."

In this presentation, Dr. Daniella Levy-Pinto will discuss the experiences of being provided inaccessible journal articles, eBooks, and other scholarly materials, and the consequences badly produced reading material has for the blind community and the scholarly community more broadly.

The webinar will be held on January 20th from 1-2 pm (EST). Interested community members can register for the webinar using this online form. For question, contact co-facilitators Mark Weiler or Aneta Kwak

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BEST: Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Building Efficiency for Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Annual Institute

The Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Annual Institute takes place January 5-7, 2022. This free, online event focuses on sustainability challenges and innovations and how institutions can support technician education to confront sustainability issues.

The event highlights legislative and international efforts, innovations in the field of energy efficiency and Building Automation Systems, and strategies and opportunities for educators and industry.

Members of the ATE community are encouraged to register for the institute, check out the program, or contact Larry Chang, BEST Center Director, for any questions. 

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Journal of Advanced Technological Education (J ATE) Welcomes Submissions from ATE Community

The Journal of Advanced Technological Education (J ATE) is a new peer-reviewed technical journal focused on technician education at community colleges. J ATE is now welcoming submissions to be published in upcoming issues. For members of the ATE community, publishing in a peer-reviewed technical journal like J ATE will be an excellent way to disseminate work, promote technical education programs, and share research with like-minded educators and the wider technical education community.  

There is no cost to publish, access, and read the journal. In addition, there are no subscription or submission fees. J ATE authors are invited from ATE projects and centers, community college faculty, university education researchers, and industry personnel. Our target audience will include community and technical college faculty and staff, as well as K-12 educators, industry members, and those readers with interests in micro-nano technology and related fields, NSF ATE, and technician education. The journal is supported by the Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC) with participation from InnovATEBIO (The National Center for Bio Technologies), the National Center for Autonomous...

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