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With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE (Advanced Technological Education) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

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U.S. Army extends deadline for STEM student design competition

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Great Minds in STEM, a non-profit that promotes STEM education and careers to underserved communities, recently announced that the U.S. Army RDECOM Competition deadline has been extended to January 15, 2019, and specifically invites students attending Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal colleges and universities, and historically Black colleges and universities to enter the competition. 

Students entering the competition can submit design proposals in two categories: Small UAVs and UAVs from biologically-based materials. Two design proposals are allowed per eligible institution and each team must be comprised of three to eight students.

For more detailed information, including key dates, awards, and information required in the proposal, visit the announcement on the Great Minds in STEM website. 

Read the complete solicitation and guidelines here.

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NSF #MySTEMspark Social Media Campaign

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The National Science Foundation will be running a social media campaign - #MySTEMspark - until Dec. 7, which seeks to energize the STEM community around the importance of STEM education and is asking its partners, stakeholders and anyone who has a passion in science to share the moment that sparked their curiosity about or interest in science, technology, engineering or math.

#MySTEMspark stories can be shared on Twitter and Instagram; for those who don't use either of those social media platforms, you can email your story to tellus@nsf.gov. Don't forget to tag NSF! @NSF

If you're needing some ideas or inspiration for what to share, check out the #MySTEMspark Toolkit, which contains graphics and templates. 

Check out NSF Director Dr. France Cordova's #MySTEMspark story here!

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New educational opportunities available due to major collaboration between NISOD and ACUE

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An exciting partnership has formed between the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). Through this collaboration, community and technical college faculty will have the opportunity to earn credit toward ACUE’s Certificate in Effective College Instruction through new online and face-to-face “seminars” offered jointly by NISOD and ACUE. 

Seminars are credit-bearing and those who participate in the courses will be recognized at the annual NISOD conference. Those who are interested in taking seminars through this collaboration can expect to see more information in the coming weeks. 

“We formed this collaboration given our mutual strengths and complementary work, as we’re always looking for additional ways to support faculty,” Dr. Penny MacCormack, ACUE’s chief academic officer, said. “Both NISOD and ACUE aim to ensure every faculty member is supported and every college student receives the best education possible.”

To learn more about this announcement, visit the official press release

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Order your copies of the ATE Impacts book!

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If you haven't done so already, now is a great time to order copies of the new ATE Impacts book, which highlights the impact of ATE centers and projects and also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the ATE program. Copies of the book are freely available and are a great resource to use for a variety of outreach activities.  The publication can be useful in engaging many stakeholders - helping industry partners understand the breadth of ATE activities, helping potential students and their parents get excited about STEM and ATE, or finding potential partners and collaborators. 

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2018 PI Conference App

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Once again, ATE Central and the American Association of Community Colleges are pleased to announce the release of this year’s ATE PI Conference mobile app! The 2018 app and companion website are designed to help attendees make the most of their conference experience. Conference participants can use their phone, tablet, or internet browser to create a personal schedule, stay up-to-date with the agenda and speaker lineup, search the attendee directory, and more! The PI Meeting app is designed to work on iOS and Android devices. To download the app, search the app store for "ATE PI 2018” or simply follow the appropriate link from a mobile device. Also, check out the app video for help with navigation or features!

There’s a lot you can do with the app but we always look for ways to make it better. We’d love to get your feedback and we’re happy to answer any questions or help out if you’re having any problems logging in or using the app. Please don’t hesitate to contact staff at ATE Central at info@atecentral.net or stop by our booth (#002) at either of the showcase sessions!

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