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.

SREB Advanced Technological Education...
May 4
Science Diplomacy 2016
May 5 Washington, DC
2016 CAAT Conference
May 6 Warren, MI
Good Practice in Geography for...
May 10 Newark, NY
Future Connected Cars USA
May 10 Santa Clara, CA
2016 Expo Fest
May 13 Wallingford, CT
Y.E.L.L. Female Summit
May 14 Des Moines, WA
Naval STEM Exposition
May 15 National Harbor, MD
EnerGIS 2016
May 16 Canonsburg, PA
Rapid 3D Manufacturing Event
May 16 Orlando, FL
Live Tooling CNC Lathe Teacher Training
May 17 Auburn, ME
WTS Annual Conference
May 18 Austin, TX
Geo-Capacity Building in Europe Webinar
May 18
May 19 Fort Pierce, FL
Online CyberPatriot Training
May 21
4-Axis CNC Milling Teacher Training
May 23 Auburn, ME
KCTCS Faculty and Incumbent Worker...
May 23 Owensboro, Kentucky
National Association for Workforce...
May 24 Norwich, CT
NAWDP 2016 Annual Conference
May 24 Orlando, FL
The Importance of Digital Archiving for...
May 24
Meeting Requirements, Exceeding...
May 25
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
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
Multispectral Imagery - Introduction to...
Jun 6 Louisville, KY
Web Map Creation: Using Services,...
Jun 6 Louisville, KY
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
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

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.

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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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