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.

2022 CAAT Conference

Conference

September 30 Warren, MI

This FREE event offered by the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) will be held at Macomb Community College's South Campus in Warren, MI and is targeted towards automotive industry representatives as well as secondary and postsecondary auto educators, counselors, and administrators.

In addition to the conference, this year CAAT will be offering a Professional Development Workshop on Electric Vehicles and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. This 2-day course will start immediately following the conference Friday afternoon, and finish on Saturday. Attendance at all three sessions is required to receive a certificate of completion accredited by Wayne State University.


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Wine Chemistry Workshop

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

Summit

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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Introduction to UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners

Workshop

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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MN GIS/LIS Conference

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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FIRA Ag Robotics & Technology Forum

Meeting

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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High Throughput Automation of Synthetic DNA and RNA on Nanostructured Ceramic Films

Webinar

October 20 Online

Fully synthetic oligonucleotides are critical in nearly all disciplines of modern biology and precision medicine. Synthetic Biology, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) diagnostics, mRNA vaccines, interference RNA cancer therapeutics, self-amplifying saRNA. Access to abundant, high quality synthetic DNA and RNA at gram scales overnight could be a game changer for the future of healthcare and personalized medicine 1) reducing the time for the discovery of safe and effective biologics, 2) significantly increasing the clinical Phase I pipeline success and 3) reaching profitability years in advanced to recover R&D costs.

Typical commercial offerings for 500 ng of a single lyophilized gene take from 5 to 15 business days and cost over $2500 to produce. For even partial combinatorial libraries of mRNA biologics this process can become time consuming and prohibitable expensive. Presenters will discuss how the use of nano-structured ceramic films enables the synthesis of hundreds of DNA genes in gram quantities overnight. Furthermore, presenters will describe how these nano-structured ceramics can be manufactured without the use of expensive, currently highly backlogged, nanofabs through the use of conventional physical and chemical means.


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2022 Annual ATE PI Conference (Virtual)

Conference

October 20 Online

The 2022 ATE Conference: Reconnecting & Advancing the Skilled Technical Workforce will be held as an in-person event with a virtual track participation option. ATE grantees may elect to fulfill their NSF grant requirement through participation in the in-person event and/or the virtual components of this conference.

The conference will bring together more than 850 NSF ATE grantees and their project partners to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects across the country will participate in the hybrid event. Conference participants represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas, such as information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.

The conference will kick-off virtually with ATE Connects on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT and be followed by an in-person event taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 26-28, 2022.  A post-conference virtual track featuring a few key sessions will be held on Friday, November 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT.


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Autonomous Vehicle Technology EXPO 2022

Summit

October 25 Novi, MI

Are you in search of leading-edge innovators that potentially hold the building blocks of autonomous vehicle architecture or are you looking for test systems and testing protocols for autonomous vehicle testing and validation? If you answer yes to one or both questions, then step this way into the world of Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo, Novi, Michigan 2022. With exhibitors showcasing test and next-generation enabling technologies specifically for your autonomous programs, you will enjoy the added benefit of being able to network with delegates attending the adjoining conferences, which cover potential ADAS and AV legal issues and liabilities, as well as the latest AV testing protocols and procedures – all critical aspects towards the next stage of semi- and fully autonomous vehicle implementation.


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Unmanned Tactical Application Conference (UTAC)

Conference

October 25 Perry, GA

UTAC showcases the latest in unmanned systems from industry leaders, runs realistic training scenarios, and provides attendees with a hands-on flight time through NIST courses and simulated environments.


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2022 Annual ATE PI Conference (In-Person)

Conference

October 26 Washington, DC

The 2022 ATE Conference: Reconnecting & Advancing the Skilled Technical Workforce will be held as an in-person event with a virtual track participation option. ATE grantees may elect to fulfill their NSF grant requirement through participation in the in-person event and/or the virtual components of this conference.

The conference will bring together more than 850 NSF ATE grantees and their project partners to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects across the country will participate in the hybrid event. Conference participants represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas, such as information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.

The conference will kick-off virtually with ATE Connects on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT and be followed by an in-person event taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 26-28, 2022.  A post-conference virtual track featuring a few key sessions will be held on Friday, November 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT.


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American Wine Society National Conference

Conference

October 27 Bellevue, WA

Discover wine with hundreds of wine friends. Experience 2 1/2 days of non-stop wine exploration, with 40+ sessions featuring industry-leading wine personalities, walk-around tastings, wine-paired meals and so much fun!

Also at the conference, you will find judging of the Commercial Wine Competition, Amateur Wine Competition, WineSmarts Series Certification Class, Wine Judge Certification Program, and Wine & Spirit Education Trust programming.


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TWGGA Grape Camp

Meeting

November 3 Dripping Springs, TX

Focused on Texas grape growers, TWGGA’s Grape Camp event provides education sessions exploring viticulture challenges like water, drought, heat, and labor, plus unique grape and wine sensory education. Learn from vineyard and winery experts and enjoy a chance to network with your wine and grape peers at this one-of-a-kind event. New for 2022: Explore starting a vineyard, winery, or tasting room with the Wine and Grape 101 Course on Wednesday, November 2 (separate registration required).


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ATE Projects and Centers





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This resource from the National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) provides stories about professionals in the autonomous technologies field. In these stories, professionals describe themselves, their professional background, their interests in autonomous technologies, their organizations and jobs, successes, failures, tips for prospective students, and future developments in autonomous technologies. Topics covered include autonomous simulation, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), geographical information systems (GIS), disabilities, inclusive flight advocates, and more. 


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This webpage from the GeoTech Center features a document from Irina Kopteva of Pikes Peak Community College discussing the Tiered Internship Model for students in geospatial technology. The goal of the project was "to create a tiered internship program with industry that will start with two-year college and high school partners." The document also discusses recruitment for GIS programs and includes several photographs. The document may be downloaded in PDF file format.


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This collection, published by Marion Technical College, provides promotional materials for a 2021 Smart Manufacturing Summer Camp. This 3-day program, located at Marion Technical College's campus, engaged students from ages 12 to 18 in introductory Smart Manufacturing topics. The program introduced students to the internet of things, taught beginner Python, provided hands-on activities, and gave tours of the campus' engineering labs. This summer camp is part of a program that aims to recruit students into Smart Manufacturing industries. 

The collection is composed of an informational flyer, survey, and promotional video. The flyer provides information on the date, time, location, and registration process for the program. The flyer also highlights the curriculum. The 3-page survey inquires about participants' ages, experiences with the summer camp, and suggestions for the program. The promotional video provides highlights of lectures, workshops, and tours. The video recording runs 1:28...


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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

During this module, created by the Center for Nanotechnology Education (Nano-Link), students learn about the optical properties of thin films. "Students will perform an experiment where they will apply a thin film to a piece of card stock paper. The students can then observe the optical properties of the thin film." Student outcomes from this module include learning about Snell's Law, reflection, refraction, and applications of thin films interference. 

Module Contents:

This module includes a lesson guide, a PowerPoint presentation, and two related documents.

The 9-page guide includes background information on thin film interference, a hands-on learning activity, links to multimedia resources, and further readings.

The PowerPoint presentation includes background information on light and its interaction with matter.

The other two documents include a diagram showing how to work through the module and module alignments with learning standards. 

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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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