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.

Wine Chemistry Workshop


October 3 Wamego, KS

This workshop is presented by Dr. Barry Gump. During the 2-day workshop, participants will learn about malolactic fermentation, soluble solids, hydrogen ion concentration, titratable acidity, reducing sugars by visual rapid estimation, ebulliometric analysis, distillation and titration procedure, and more. 

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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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Microsoft Cybersecurity Scholarship Program Virtual Brown Bag Lunch

Student Event

October 5 Online

Join panelists on Oct. 5th from 12-1pm ET to learn more about the Microsoft Cybersecurity Scholarship Program. Powered by the Last Mile Education Fund, this scholarship supports community college students in a cybersecurity pathway (any program such as IT, Information Security, Networking, etc. qualifies) through grants of $500 to cover short-term basic needs (e.g., food, rent, health-related, transportation/car issues, and/or a laptop/device). This program also offers subsidies for cybersecurity certification exam costs up to $375. In addition to funding, all grantees will receive a year of LinkedIn Premium and access to the Github Developer tools for free.

Host: Casey W. O'Brien

Panelists: April Christina Curley, Engagement and Partnerships Manager, Last Mile Education Fund and Ruthe Farmer, Founder & CEO, Last Mile Education Fund

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Building a Safe Electrified Powertrain using MBSE


October 6 Online

Combine requirements, design, safety analysis and multi-domain simulation using an Ansys MBSE workflow to develop safe, high-performance electric powertrain systems.

What you will learn about in this webinar:

  • Developing System Architecture and Performing Functional Safety Analysis
  • Battery Management Systems Design and Validation 
  • Physical-Level Simulation for Accurate Insights on BMS and Battery Performance and Thermal Behavior under Different Usage Profiles 
  • Safety-certifiable Embedded Software Development and Validation

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Introduction to UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners


October 6 Online

This introductory course, which is limited to 30 participants, is designed to teach educators about the core concepts and foundations of UDL, practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and how to support flexible, inclusive instruction. We know from experience and neuroscience that individuals learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with a lens to identify and reduce barriers that limit learning. 

Using the UDL framework and its practical guidelines, participants will:

  • Understand and apply the foundational concepts of UDL
  • Design using the UDL design process
  • Understand the structure of the UDL Guidelines
  • Identify UDL in practice

Upon completion of the institute, participants will receive an official CAST certificate. 

Fee: $695 per person. A 10% discount is offered to teams of three or more people from the same institution.

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Physical Layer Testing Challenges of High-speed In-vehicle Networks


October 6 Online

In this free, 60-minute webinar, an expert from Keysight Technologies examines the changes sweeping automotive in-vehicle technology and the accompanying signal integrity challenges.

The expert will provide unique insight into how new ADAS and autonomous driving applications such as sensors, high-resolution displays, cameras, and connected cars, are met with new standards with data rates far beyond anything ever attempted in the hostile automotive environment.

Key topics and takeaways:

  • Discover how to ensure interoperability between vendors
  • Understand signal and data integrity challenges
  • Learn about the specific challenges of receiver testing

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The Big Event - Believe in Girls

Student Event

October 8 East Grand Forks, MN

Girls and their families will have a blast enjoying interactive sessions, exhibitor booths and tons of STEM fun! Work at your own pace through the different activities, and be entertained by science demonstrations. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind event! 

Hands-on activities are geared towards children ages 5 and up. 

Tickets may be pre-purchased online or at the door. Girl Scouts: $8 Non-Girl Scout (K-12): $10 Pre-K and under: Free Adult: Free

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MN GIS/LIS Conference


October 12 Bemidji, MN

This three day conference will consist of workshop opportunities, an Exhibit Hall with raffles & contests, social networking event on 10/11/22 & a welcome reception on 10/12/22, keynote speakers & presentations, and HOLL learning labs scheduled daily. Friday there will be a 5K fun run in the morning before the conference activities start.

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Robotics Competition Insider Webinar


October 12 Online

Join the Institute of Competition Sciences and leaders from four of the top Robotics Competition programs to learn insider tips and information about how to do well in these incredible programs. This webinar is valuable for students who want to improve their skills in robotics competitions, teachers who want to increase engagement in robotics competitions in their classrooms or afterschool programs, and parents who want to help their kids gain the most of out their participation in these programs. This event will help anyone wanting more information about how to get started and succeed in robotics competitions. In this hour-long program, participants will: 

  • Be introduced to four organizations managing leading robotics competitions for K12 and college students.
  • Network with other students and educators excited about robotics education
  • Learn tips for enhancing common skills that are valuable across all robotics programs.
  • Learn from the Institute of Competition Sciences about foundational skills in using educational competitions to enhance learning.

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Charged Virtual Conference - EV Engineering


October 17 Online

Topics include:

  • Power Electronics Design & Manufacturing
  • Motor Design & Manufacturing
  • Cell Development & Battery Systems Engineering
  • plus Testing, Powertrains, Charging Systems, Thermal Management, Circuit Protection, Wire & Cable, and more...

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Automotive USA


October 18 Detroit, MI

The automotive industry is facing more disruption now than in the last 50 years, with governmental pressure to reduce emissions, growing concerns around vehicle safety and demand for new experiences. The time to innovate is now.

Reuters Events: Automotive USA is the industry gathering to unite senior level OEM leaders who will address how they will build software-defined electric vehicles, reshape the OEM business model and plan for an autonomous future.

Reaching a North American audience, this event will shape the future strategies across business-critical topics including electrification, connectivity, autonomous vehicles, sustainability, supply chain and customer-first strategies.

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FIRA Ag Robotics & Technology Forum


October 18 Fresno, CA

At a glance:

  • The unique 3-day event for autonomous farming and agricultural robotics solutions,
  • A networking time for farmers, robot manufacturers, industrials and scientists,
  • In-field demos, business time and research projects presentations.

FIRA USA for who?

  • North-American market, specialty crop emphasis 
  • Farmers and major producers
  • Supply chain: Robotics/OEM, crop inputs and protection
  • Researchers and students

Why participate in FIRA USA?

  • Share the needs and challenges of the market
  • Discover autonomous solutions for sustainable farming
  • Spread the use of robotics and make them more accessible 
  • Foster collaborations

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NISOD’s Annual Fall Virtual Conference


October 19 Online

NISOD’s Annual Fall Virtual Conference brings together full- and part-time faculty members, librarians, and student support services personnel to share best and promising practices that increase student success at community and technical colleges. This new convening provides a convenient opportunity for campus allies to thoroughly examine what it means to meet the needs of 21st-century students.

• Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice  
• Online, Face-to-Face, and Hybrid Teaching and Learning  
• Student Services, Support, and Success

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ATE Projects and Centers

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The M8-R SIM is a virtual simulation game made for educating users on the operation of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV). In the simulation, users maneuver through coral reefs and hunt for crown-of-thorns sea stars. Designed by a team at the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD), students and working-adults can use this resource to prepare for high technology careers, especially those interested in becoming ROV pilots. Educators can also employ the simulator to explore the functions and use of a ROV, discuss career opportunities in STEM, and highlight the effects of climate change on coral reefs. Other project collaborators for the simulation include the National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) and the Marine Advanced Technology Education for Inspiration and Innovation (MATE II) project. 

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This page from the GeoTech Center provides a consolidation of 3 DACUM job analyses for remote sensing specialists. This document is quite detailed and would be a useful reference for administrators and educators in this field. The document is available for download in PDF file format.

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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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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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Module Description:

This module, from Support Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), introduces students to "some of the many applications of MEMS and allow[s] them to explore areas of their personal interest." This module is divided into the following three units: MEMS Applications Overview Primary Knowledge (PK), MEMS Applications Research Activity, and MEMS Applications Assessment. 

Module Contents: 

This module includes four instructor guides, three participant guides, and a presentation. PDF and DOC versions are provided for all of the guides. The included guides are MEMS Applications Overview Primary Knowledge, MEMS Applications Overview: Research Activity, and MEMS Applications Overview Assessment. Instructor guides include additional content such as instructor notes and questions and answers. A Learning Module Map (LM) Instructor Guide is also included. 

The LM map provides information about the module including module contents, target audience, and a map that is...

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Active ATE Centers 27
Active ATE Projects 389
ATE Resources 6,418
New Projects/Centers 120
New Resources 169

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ATE Student Success Stories Highlight Impacts

Did you see our recent tweet about Gerald's Student Success Story? At ATE Central, we aim to highlight how ATE programs and centers have impacted students' lives. Each video documents a unique success story, but all of them have a common theme: technician training has the power to change lives.

One Student Success Story features Gerald Kinyua, who moved to the United States from Kenya to explore a career in chemistry. At first, he found it difficult to negotiate the education system in a new country until he connected with Northern Essex Community College. Since his time at Northern Essex Community College, Gerald continued to on earn his Masters of Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Watch more videos on ATE Central's Student Success Stories webpage

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Upcoming Webinar: NSF’s New Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships

Learn about NSF’s New Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) in a free Zoom Webinar!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) says its new Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) advances use-inspired and translational research in all fields of science and engineering, potentially giving rise to new industries using breakthrough technologies and helping to engage all Americans—regardless of background or location—in the pursuit of additional high-wage jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Where might ATE Central researchers and other community members fit in?

You can start to find out—and learn more about the vision for TIP and its programs and funding opportunities—in an introductory webinar on Sept. 27 at. 2:00 PM Eastern. Register here for the hour-long presentation

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Report: Education Important in Choosing Spouse or Partner

Recent research from the Pew Research Center confirmed that people with high education degrees partner with others with similar education levels. The study analyzed the Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) report from 2019. 

The study by Pew researcher Richard Fry found that this trend is even more significant with parents with higher education degrees. Additionally, Fry found, "When first-generation college graduates do partner with another college graduate, it is more likely that their partner will also be a first-generation graduate." 

This research shows the cycle of education continues through generations, and individuals earn more as they move from first-generation students to continuing-generation college graduates.

Read the complete study on the Pew Research Center's website

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