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.

Meeting Requirements, Exceeding...
May 25
NCL in the Classroom
May 26
Bioscience Industrial Fellowship Project
Jun 1 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Micro Pressure Sensors
Jun 1
The Role of Science Diplomacy in...
Jun 1 Washington, DC
ACM SIGMIS CPR 2016
Jun 2 Alexandria, VA
STEM Guitar Building Institute
Jun 6 College Station, TX
GreatEST Institute
Jun 6 Davenport, IA
Bringing RNA-Seq into Undergraduate...
Jun 6
An Introduction to Geospatial...
Jun 6 Louisville, KY
Field Data Collection
Jun 6 Louisville, KY
Community College Program at BIO 2016
Jun 6 San Francisco, CA
Summer Working Connections North
Jun 6 Appleton, WI
Multispectral Imagery - Introduction to...
Jun 6 Louisville, KY
Web Map Creation: Using Services,...
Jun 6 Louisville, KY
TSTC Summer Institute
Jun 7 Waco, TX
National Cyber Summit
Jun 7 Huntsville, AL
National Cyber Summit
Jun 7 Huntsville, AL
An Introduction to Drones: Getting to...
Jun 7 Louisville, KY
Introduction to Open Source GIS: QGIS
Jun 7 Louisville, KY
2016 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum
Jun 7 Berkeley, CA
Open Educational Forum
Jun 7 Louisville, KY
TU-Automotive Detroit 2016
Jun 8 Novi, MI
NCATC 2016 Summer Workshop
Jun 8 Blountville, TN
Building Automation Systems Workshop V:...
Jun 8 Clarkston, GA
GeoEd '16
Jun 8 Louisville, KY
STEM Entrepreneurship Education Workshop
Jun 10 New York, New York
ITS America 2016
Jun 12 San Jose, CA
The Garden Party Southeast Michigan
Jun 12 Rochester, MI
Advanced Transportation Fuels Summer...
Jun 13 Owensboro, Kentucky
CO Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop -...
Jun 13 Broomfield, COlorado
CISSE
Jun 13 Philadelphia, PA
4-Axis CNC Milling Teacher Training...
Jun 13 Auburn, ME
S.T.A.R. Camp
Jun 13 St. Cloud, MN
Advanced Manufacturing Summer Institute...
Jun 13 Tampa, FL
Digital Fabrication Workshop
Jun 15 White Bear Lake, MN
Digital Fabrication Workshop
Jun 15 St. Paul, MN
Southern Automotive Workforce Solutions...
Jun 15 Huntsville, AL
CO Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop -...
Jun 16 Palisade, CO
WomenTech Educators National Institute
Jun 16 Emeryville, California

ATE Centers and Projects





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ATE Central: The Importance of Digital Archiving for ATE
Apr 19, 2016
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ATE Central is pleased to announce an exciting new webinar on the importance of digital archiving for the ATE community. On May 24, 2016 at 1 pm EDT, Kendra Bouda and Rachael Bower will discuss what digital archiving is, why archiving benefits ATE, and how ATE Central can help with your project or center’s archiving efforts. Whether you’re just getting started with ATE and want to learn how to meet NSF requirements, or you've been part of the community for a while, come join us to learn more about sustaining and sharing your project deliverables beyond the life of your ATE funding.

Registration details for this webinar can be found here.

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The Detroit Promise: City Unveils its Tuition-Free Community College Program
Mar 28, 2016
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Detroit is joining the growing list of communities offering exciting new opportunities for high school students: graduate and receive funding for the first two years of college. Aptly titled the Detroit Promise, the city’s 2016 graduates will be the first students eligible for the scholarship, which will build upon the Detroit Scholarship Fund. Under the program, tuition and fees will be covered for up to three years, or the time required to earn an associate degree, whichever comes first, at one of five metro community colleges: Henry Ford, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, or Schoolcraft College. Additionally, plans are in the works for a pilot scholarship program that will cover four-year university degrees as well.

For more information about Detroit’s free college degree programs, see articles in The Detroit News, CNN Money, and other news outlets

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Research Experience for Teachers in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation
Feb 19, 2016
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Note -- Completed application packages must be postmarked by March 6, 2016.

Texas A&M University will be hosting a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)​​ site this summer from June 13 to July 22, 2016. The six-week program in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation includes a research project with faculty members, a number of special topic presentations and site tours, and the opportunity to develop an instructional module related to the research participants will be engaging with throughout the process. Upon completion, participants will implement their instructional modules at their home institutions, assess learning outcomes, and attend a one-day workshop to present results, share materials, and evaluate the experience. While participants receive a weekly stipend during their stay at Texas A&M and a payment at the end of the program, travel expenses are not included. Both two-year college and high school faculty in robotics and automation, engineering design and presentation, mechatronics, biotechnology, programming, manufacturing, engineering mathematics, principles of technology, scientific research and design, and electronics are eligible for the program. 

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Tracking Community College Success Through Transfer to Four-Year Institutions
Feb 5, 2016
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In most surveys, 80 percent of community college students report that they would like to eventually transfer to a four-year institution and earn a bachelor's degree. However, a new report released on January 19, 2016 by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, suggests that only 14 percent of the 720,000 community college students studied achieved that goal. As the report notes, the discrepancy between these numbers is problematic. In fact, even among those who managed to transfer to four-year programs, only 42 percent graduated. Moreover, the dropout rate among marginalized and low income students was especially high, leading David Jenkins, Senior Research Associate at CCRC, to conclude that "Too many students are failed by the current system of transfer between community colleges and universities." While the current report stops short of prescribing solutions, CCRC and the Aspen Institute plan to develop and release a "playbook" that will help institutions create effective transfer policies for community college and university leaders, to be released in spring 2016. 

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“Free Community College: Then What?”
Jan 7, 2016
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Almost exactly a year ago, President Obama outlined his proposal to offer two years of free community college tuition for students in order to lower the cost of attendance and increase student access and attendance. Since then, the idea of providing free tuition for students to attend community college has captured the attention of national media. But, as Ted A. Lewis explains, access is only one piece of the student success equation. To find out more about the various strategies developed by community colleges in order to meet the demand of an estimated 65% of jobs that will require some sort of college degree by 2020, check out this article from Community College Daily.

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