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.

Mall of America STEAM Event

Student Event

August 10 Bloomington, MN

The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT), along with Northland Community & Technical College, the National Science Foundation (NSF), Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MinnState), and the Mall of America (MOA) are hosting a week-long STEAM event the second week of August 2022. 

This event coincides with back-to-school traffic and the Mall of America's 30th Birthday Celebration. Plans include celebrity appearances, concerts, and numerous opportunities for K-12 youth and families to actively participate in highly experiential hands-on learning experiences, including robotics events, student competitions, and many more. 

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National Viticulture and Enology Extension Leadership Conference (NVEELC)


August 14 Selma, CA

Participants will see wine, table, and raisin grape production up close, at the height of the growing season. Participants will also have the rare opportunity to tour Gallo's Livingston Winery, the largest wine production facility in the world. Join with other extension and outreach specialists for professional development, best-practice sharing, research and regional reports, collaboration, and dialog on the unique challenges in V&E extension in America.

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ESA & CSEE Joint Annual Meeting


August 14 Montréal, Québec

This year's joint meeting combines the resources and interests of both the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution and the Ecological Society of America.

Meeting Theme: A Change is Gonna Come

This is an exciting time to be an ecologist: in an era of global environmental, cultural, and evolutionary change, the societal relevance of our contributions continues to grow. As species and processes operate in flux, ecologists are continually scrutinizing past and current conditions to help anticipate future responses. An additional necessary pathway of inquiry includes retrospection, where we identify how alternative histories could have created different present-day ecologies.

Change will incessantly persist at varying rates and intensities, and with varying consequences. But, the outstanding question lies in knowing what changes are required now to foster desired future outcomes. Such innovation amidst current conditions requires dismantling harmful legacies, expanding knowledge systems, and committing to restorative practices. Ecology is facing a disciplinary reckoning. Therefore, where we go and how we get there must be a collective enterprise built on principles that broaden participation, promote equity, and diversify metrics of impact.

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Algae Biotechnology Meeting


August 15 Round Rock, TX

INNOVATEBIO, the Algae Foundation, ACC, and ATEC are working in partnership to host an in-person Algae Workshop. Participants will get hands-on experience in multiple lab exercises from starting a culture to harvesting material and DNA isolation. Participants will obtain the information they need to incorporate algae into their existing biotechnology courses. The workshop is open to a total of 12 participants. Travel and lodging will be covered for participants.

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Opportunities and Internships at NASA JPL


August 18 Online

In this session, undergraduate and graduate students will learn about current missions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, upcoming research objectives for solar system exploration, and how they can contribute. Internships and programs will be covered at JPL, how and when to apply, and what reviewers are looking for in a strong application.

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SPIE Optics + Photonics 2022


August 21 San Diego, CA

You will find plenty to like at this important meeting, including over 2,000 presentations and the latest technical results within 48 conference topics. This is the best opportunity to connect face-to-face for discussions about optical engineering and applications, nanotechnology, quantum science, and organic photonics. Escape the everyday and talk with scientists and engineers and share the spontaneous ideas that only happen when we gather in person.

Discuss your product requirements with top optics and photonics suppliers at the free 3-day exhibition. Meet with industry partners who can help you solve problems, cut costs, and increase your capabilities. Register now and make plans to attend.

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NSF ATE Program Opportunities & Mentor-Connect Orientation Webinar 2022


August 31 Online

This webinar features personnel from both the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program and and the Mentor-Connect program.

The webinar offers an overview of both programs and of the grant proposal process. Information includes:

  • ATE program funding options
  • the Mentor-Connect cohort structure
  • tips for grant funding success
  • application instructions

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Commercial UAV EXPO


September 6 Las Vegas, NV

The latest ideas, observations, and predictions from a variety of industry experts: innovators, regulators, end-users and more. What trends and technologies do they see coming? What new challenges and opportunities lie ahead? How can you and your company prepare, anticipate, and benefit in a rapidly evolving environment?

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Application of ISO 26262 USA


September 7 Online

This conference's agenda is 100% driven by industry-intelligence, designed in close consultation with the ISO Working Group 8 and the wider community. A speaker line-up of experts from across the supply chain is featured. 

This one day virtual event has been designed as a one-stop-shop for all things functional safety, discussing the current pain points in applying ISO 26262, with the ultimate aim of offering solutions to these challenges moving ahead to the 3rd addition. 

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Like Driving a Car: Acquiring Quality SEM/FESEM Images in Different Situations


September 16 Online

Getting good SEM/FESEM images is dependent on both the sample conditions (conductivity, bulk vs. thin film, etc) and the instrument’s imaging parameters (e.g., beam voltage, beam current, working distance, detector, etc). Over the course of training and interacting with hundreds of different FESEM users Dr. Liu has observed the most important things a new user needs to know without overwhelming them with theory and trivial operational routines. This allows new users to conceptualize and visualize the electron beam behavior relative to the observed imaging. This webinar will simplify and explain the complex nature of SEM/FESEM imaging by drawing analogies to common things in everyday life such as writing with a pencil and driving a car.

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Unmannd Systems Academic Summit 2022


September 22 Online

The 8th annual Summit will include experts providing engaging presentations related to their work in unmanned systems research and development, education and training, commercialization, and technology transfer. Registered users will receive a certificate for a free Introduction to UAS Simulation and Flying lab experience, a $30 value. 

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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 Workshop


September 27 Online

This free workshop covers the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and the new Department of Defense (DoD) requirements which include: moving from a five-level compliance model to a three-level model, shifting most auditing requirements to the DoD, and revising the program to mirror NIST 800-171 more closely. This workshop is intended for cybersecurity faculty and small business IT or cybersecurity personnel. 

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UAS Summit and Expo


October 4 Grand Forks, ND

This summit will feature a two day event filled with keynote speakers and expert panel discussions. Speakers from government and military UAS operations will explain and update on progress with integration into NAS. Each keynote or presenter will address the industry's most pressing issues, explain new technology offerings or energize the crowd with new insight on the near-term future of UAS. This summit is intended for industry professionls, instructors, teachers, students, and the general public.

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ATE Projects and Centers

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Screenshot for Using Remote Sensing and GIS to Analyze NDVI Values for Darfur, Sudan

Learning Unit Description:

Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training (iGETT) presents a series of Learning Units (LU) designed to incorporate federal land remote sensing data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) instruction. This LU focuses on what likely caused the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, a conflict between farmers needing water for their crops and nomads needing water for their cattle during droughts that may signal the onset of regional desertification. During this LU students analyze data from the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and examine it along with rainfall totals. MODIS imagery will be used in the lesson. The learning objectives and outcomes for this learning unit are: 

  • Describe remote sensing and how NDVI analysis it is used.
  • Explain the geographic method along with its similarities and differences with the scientific method.
  • Understand the causes of drought and desertification, specifically in Darfur, Sudan.
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This collection of resources, made available by Riverside Community College, provides information about education for and careers in the Supply Chain Technician field. Included in the collection is a section of resources designed for middle school students, and a section of resources designed for high school through college students. 


The High School and College In Class Career Awareness Module includes a lesson outline, a lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation that can be used in the classroom, and surveys for use at the start and end of the course. 

The Middle School Classroom Career Awareness Module includes a PowerPoint presentation that can be used in the classroom, a lesson plan, and a lesson plan outline. 

For orientation purposes Career Awareness Brochure.pdf is included as a separate attachment and offers a sample of the type of material included in this collection. This brochure provides an overview of the Supply Chain Technician career,...

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Screenshot for Life Science Trends Report 2021

This 46-page report, provided by the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI), provides a national snapshot of the talent needs of the United State's life science industry as it adjusts from the initial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In this edition, TEConomy Partners LLC collaborates with CSBI to assess "the industry’s demand for talent and the related themes emerging from a disruptive year using both quantitative and qualitative assessment approaches." Evidence draws from 2.5 million job postings, a hiring survey, and around 200 interviews with life science executives. The following five life science areas are explored: agriculture, feedstock and chemicals; drugs and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipments; research testing and medical laboratories; and bioscience-related distribution. The contents highlight the industry's economic resilience during the pandemic, explore the shift to remote work, consider equity and diversity, and look into industry-academic...

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Screenshot for Ring Polymers

Module Description:

This module, provided by the Center for Nanotechnology Education (Nano-Link), includes background information and an activity on ring polymers. This module is a variation of the Cross-Linked Polymers lesson that is available to view separately. "This version uses a form of sodium polyacrylate, the water-absorbing polymer often used in diapers, that has a different atomic structure than that of the cross-linked polymer." The outcome of this module is to introduce students to atomic structure and intermolecular bonds in polymeric materials.

Module Contents:

This module includes a lesson guide, a PowerPoint presentation, and a lesson standards alignment document. The 16-page guide includes background information about polymers, an activity, questions, information about current and future applications, and more. The activity "... allows [students] to observe and measure just how much water can be absorbed by [a] ring polymer." The PowerPoint presentation also...

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Screenshot for STEM Guitar: Modular Learning Activities

This 2-page document, made available by the STEM Guitar Project, is a template for the Project's learning activities. The following sections are included and can be updated as needed when designing learning activities: Title of Activity, Description of Activity, Learning Objectives, Standards, Materials Required, Safety, References, Activity, Quiz, and Reviewing Faculty Cohort Members. Each section includes bullet points with suggestions for content. 

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Report Shows Positive Views of Skilled Technical Workers

A report by the staffing company, Express Employment International, investigates skilled technical worker's attitudes on several questions, such as what do workers think about their work? Do they feel confident, anxious, or uncertain about their employment and futures?

The report reveals several positive perspectives:

  • Over 90 percent of skilled technical workers are proud of their work 
  • 74 percent of United States skilled technical workers have a good career path
  • 73 percent believe more young adults should pursue careers in their field
  • 67 percent believe COVID changed how society views their work

Skilled technical workers are defined as employees who perform manual labor and work in agriculture, automotive services, construction, maintenance, manufacturing, transpiration, or utilities. Although six in 10 skilled technical workers think society looks down on their profession, 60 percent of workers believe having a skilled job is respected more now than it was ten years ago. 

Read the full report on Express Employment International's website

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A screenshot of the MTTIA's website with information on their conference

Upcoming Event: Midwest Teachers of Transportation and Industrial Areas Annual Conference

Technology is changing at a rapid pace. It is crucial for a transportation teacher to stay up-to-date.

At Midwest Teachers of Transportation and Industrial Areas Annual Conference (MTTIA), there are hands-on training sessions with the latest vehicle technologies and classroom teaching strategies from professional trainers and OE manufactures. MTTIA features advanced hands-on training in the areas of: Automotive, Auto Body and, Diesel Equipment and Heavy Truck. MTTIA also features introductory hands-on training in the areas of: Small Engines/Powersports and Welding.

This conference is intended for secondary and post-secondary Auto, Auto Body, Truck, Diesel, and Small Engine teachers in the five-state area of the Upper Midwest

The conference is from August 3 to August 5th at Central Lakes College, Brainerd Minnesota. Visit their website to find out more information on the conference.

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Cover of the 2022/23 ATE Impacts book.

ATE Impacts Videos Now Live

As a part of the ATE Impacts 2022-2023 book, and in collaboration with Vox Television,  the ATE Impacts project is excited to release several videos highlighting the experiences of ATE's community. These videos feature students, administrators, educators, and industry partners sharing how ATE initiatives have impacted their lives and careers. The videos can be accessed on ATE's Impacts website.

Videos come from Pellissippi Community College, South Central College, Columbus State Community College, and Asnuntuck Community College and are from 4-6 minutes long. 

The ATE Impacts book showcases the role that two-year community and technical colleges play in building the skilled technical workforce and provide evidence of the United States’ critical economic need for technician education. The text, photos, and data throughout the 2022-2023 publication highlights the innovative and exciting work being done by the ATE community and by the people central to those efforts. Free copies of the ATE Impacts book can be obtained via the book request form.

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