ATE Central

What is ATE?

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.

Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop
Oct 6 Bryan, TX
China's Science and Technology Policy -...
Oct 6 Tempe, AZ
Fab Lab Open House
Oct 6 Appleton, WI
NCATC 2015 Fall Conference
Oct 7 St. Louis, MO
Project 2061 Workshop
Oct 7 Washington, DC
Project Access Workshop at Orange...
Oct 7 Costa Mesa, CA
WEBINAR: Resources for Educators of...
Oct 7
Resources for Educators of Building...
Oct 7
Wine Chemistry Workshop
Oct 8 Bryan, TX
SCUP 2015 Southern Regional Conference
Oct 11 Fort Worth, TX
Nanotechnology Course Resources II:...
Oct 12 University Park, PA
SPIE Optifab
Oct 12 Rochester, NY
NCWE Annual Conference
Oct 14 Portland, OR
Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate...
Oct 15 Columbia, MO
Southern Automotive Conference
Oct 18 Nashville, TN
GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015
Oct 18 Spokane, WA
OSA FiO Annual Meeting
Oct 18 San Jose, CA
26th Annual Virginia GIS Conference
Oct 19 Charlottesville, VA
Alabama Joint Leadership Development...
Oct 19 Birmingham, AL
ATE PI Conference
Oct 21 Washington, DC
Oct 21 Wilburton, OK
Oct 22 Lawton, OK
Does Gender Matter in Peer-Learning?
Oct 22
Wine Chemistry Workshop - OK
Oct 24 El Reno, OK
Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop
Oct 24 Green Bay, WI
Research Expereinces for Undergraduate...
Oct 25 Arlington, VA
NCSD National Conference - Refocus,...
Oct 25 Baltimore, MD
Spatial Models for Distance Sampling...
Oct 27 Durham, NC
Get SMART! Impact Workshop
Oct 28 Norfolk, VA
NCPN Conference
Oct 28 Dallas, TX
Project Lead the Way Counselor...
Oct 29 Sapulpa, OK
Climate Science, 50 Years Later
Oct 29 Washington, D.C.
NAMEPA Annual Conference
Oct 29 New York, NY
Content Is King: National CyberWatch...
Oct 30
STEMtech Conference
Nov 1 Phoenix, Arizona
Materials in STEM (M-STEM)
Nov 1 Cocoa Beach, Florida
AAPA 2015 Convention
Nov 2 Miami, Florida
NICE Conference and Expo
Nov 3 San Diego, CA
5th World Maritime Technology Conference
Nov 3 Providence, RI
Continuing Teacher Academy Session
Nov 4 Owasso, OK

ATE Centers and Projects

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The 'Next Big Things' Toolkit
Sep 22, 2015
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When the American Association of Community Colleges unveiled its Next Big Things program earlier this year at the 95th AACC annual convention, many educators and community college administrators appreciated the breadth and depth of the vision. Goals included improving students' pathways to four-year institutions, better tracking student progress, sharing information between institutions on how best to retain students, and other essential steps toward improving outcomes for community college students. Following up on the early appreciation for the program, the AACC has now released a Next Big Things Toolkit, which includes sample press materials, in both PDF and Word format, as well as a colorful and informative 28-slide Powerpoint presentation that is designed to be adapted to the needs of any community college implementing the program. To learn more about the Next Big Thing Toolkit, or to download the resources, readers may click here.

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'Physics Girl' Shares Her Secrets for Getting Young Women Engaged in STEM Subjects
Sep 22, 2015
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Diana Cowern went to MIT and worked in a hard science lab at Harvard before taking a job as a software engineer and eventually launching her own YouTube channel, Physics Girl, which boasts over one hundred thousand subscribers. This article from the U.S. News and World Report features some interesting background on Cowern, an embedded video about the Magnus Effect from the Physics Girl channel, and insight about the creation of a popular YouTube Channel. For ATE Projects and centers interested in drawing in more women, an interview with the Physics Girl herself offers some ideas about how to encourage girls to pursue STEM subjects.

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With $12 Million of New National Science Foundation Funding, Engineering Departments Are Making Big
Jul 20, 2015
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With recent calls from the White House to outfit a new generation of students for STEM careers, it’s no surprise that the National Science Foundation has just earmarked $12 million for the "revolutionizing" of six engineering and computer science departments around the country. The grants are part of the RED (Revolutionizing Engineering Departments) program, a multiyear initiative that seeks “to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century.” For more on the grant award, as well as links to the RED program and several videos of NSF assistant director for engineering Pramod Khargonekar’s words on the future of the field, readers may click here.

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For Many Students, an Associates Degree Is Just the Beginning
Jun 25, 2015
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A recently released report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reveals that, among students who earned their associate degrees and other certificates during the 2008-2009 school year, more than two-fifths went on to earn a bachelor’s degree within the next six years. 

The number was far higher for younger students. In fact, of those students who were age 20 or younger when they earned their associate degree, over 60 percent went on to earn a bachelor’s degree over the next years. That number fell to just over 40 percent for students between the ages of 21 and 24, and fell again (to just over 30 percent) for students over the age of 24. 

In addition, the report covers a number of other interesting data points, such as what percentage of students who completed a certificate went on to complete an associate degree; how long it took the average student to complete a bachelor’s degree after earning an associate degree; and other interesting facts. 

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High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) July 27-30, 2015
Jun 5, 2015
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The High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) is a national conference on advanced technical education where technical educators, counselors, industry professionals, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America's Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation's economy.

HI-TEC will uniquely explore the convergence of scientific disciplines and technologies including: Advanced Manufacturing; Aerospace; Agricultural, Environmental, and Energy; Biomanufacturing, Biotechnology, and Engineering; Geospatial; Information, Communications, and Security; Learning and Evaluation; Micro- and Nanotechnologies; and Optics and Photonics. The conference is supported by the National Science Foundation as well as by contributions from corporate and industry partners. Attendees will have the option to choose from approximately 15 preconference workshops and industry site tours during the first two days, followed by a two day main conference featuring keynote speakers and 60 breakout sessions.

This year’s conference will be held from July 27-30 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon.

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