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.

Teaching Biotechnology Skills through DNA Metabarcoding Biodiversity Research


August 8 Winston-Salem, NC

This workshop will teach participants how to lead students in metabarcoding analyses using affordable biochemistry and online tools developed by DNALC, leveraging next generation sequencing (NGS) to analyze thousands of DNA barcodes from complex mixtures of DNA - representing microbes (microbiomes) or organisms in environmental DNA (eDNA).

Faculty who participate will receive a $500 stipend and will receive year-round and support as they implement in their classrooms. 

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CAV Career Pathways Camp

Student Event

August 8 Minneapolis, MN

In this one-week day camp, participants will learn all about connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology and explore career opportunities. Participants will:

  • get hands-on opportunities with automated vehicles,
  • take field trips to organizations working on CAV technology,
  • attend info sessions with practitioners in the field and University of Minnesota researchers, and
  • learn about the wide variety of career opportunities related to CAVs.

The camp is intended for high school students, is free to attend, and lunch is provided. 

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NITRO X- Northeast Metro 916

Student Event

August 8 North White Bear Lake, MN

This camp is designed for middle and high school students and offers opportunities to learn about how vehicles work. Students will also build confidence with technical skills, work in teams to develop life and employability skills, gain exposure to industry, and show off their skills with a race. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about careers in transportation areas ranging from Automotive Technology, Auto Body and Collision Repair, Medium and Heavy Truck Technology, Diesel and Heavy Equipment to Marine and Powersports by learning technical skills through hands-on activities and challenges.

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Mall of America STEAM Event

Student Event

August 10 Bloomington, MN

The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT), along with Northland Community & Technical College, the National Science Foundation (NSF), Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MinnState), and the Mall of America (MOA) are hosting a week-long STEAM event the second week of August 2022. 

This event coincides with back-to-school traffic and the Mall of America's 30th Birthday Celebration. Plans include celebrity appearances, concerts, and numerous opportunities for K-12 youth and families to actively participate in highly experiential hands-on learning experiences, including robotics events, student competitions, and many more. 

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National Viticulture and Enology Extension Leadership Conference (NVEELC)


August 14 Selma, CA

Participants will see wine, table, and raisin grape production up close, at the height of the growing season. Participants will also have the rare opportunity to tour Gallo's Livingston Winery, the largest wine production facility in the world. Join with other extension and outreach specialists for professional development, best-practice sharing, research and regional reports, collaboration, and dialog on the unique challenges in V&E extension in America.

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ESA & CSEE Joint Annual Meeting


August 14 Montréal, Québec

This year's joint meeting combines the resources and interests of both the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution and the Ecological Society of America.

Meeting Theme: A Change is Gonna Come

This is an exciting time to be an ecologist: in an era of global environmental, cultural, and evolutionary change, the societal relevance of our contributions continues to grow. As species and processes operate in flux, ecologists are continually scrutinizing past and current conditions to help anticipate future responses. An additional necessary pathway of inquiry includes retrospection, where we identify how alternative histories could have created different present-day ecologies.

Change will incessantly persist at varying rates and intensities, and with varying consequences. But, the outstanding question lies in knowing what changes are required now to foster desired future outcomes. Such innovation amidst current conditions requires dismantling harmful legacies, expanding knowledge systems, and committing to restorative practices. Ecology is facing a disciplinary reckoning. Therefore, where we go and how we get there must be a collective enterprise built on principles that broaden participation, promote equity, and diversify metrics of impact.

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Algae Biotechnology Meeting


August 15 Round Rock, TX

INNOVATEBIO, the Algae Foundation, ACC, and ATEC are working in partnership to host an in-person Algae Workshop. Participants will get hands-on experience in multiple lab exercises from starting a culture to harvesting material and DNA isolation. Participants will obtain the information they need to incorporate algae into their existing biotechnology courses. The workshop is open to a total of 12 participants. Travel and lodging will be covered for participants.

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Opportunities and Internships at NASA JPL


August 18 Online

In this session, undergraduate and graduate students will learn about current missions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, upcoming research objectives for solar system exploration, and how they can contribute. Internships and programs will be covered at JPL, how and when to apply, and what reviewers are looking for in a strong application.

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SPIE Optics + Photonics 2022


August 21 San Diego, CA

You will find plenty to like at this important meeting, including over 2,000 presentations and the latest technical results within 48 conference topics. This is the best opportunity to connect face-to-face for discussions about optical engineering and applications, nanotechnology, quantum science, and organic photonics. Escape the everyday and talk with scientists and engineers and share the spontaneous ideas that only happen when we gather in person.

Discuss your product requirements with top optics and photonics suppliers at the free 3-day exhibition. Meet with industry partners who can help you solve problems, cut costs, and increase your capabilities. Register now and make plans to attend.

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NSF ATE Program Opportunities & Mentor-Connect Orientation Webinar 2022


August 31 Online

This webinar features personnel from both the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program and and the Mentor-Connect program.

The webinar offers an overview of both programs and of the grant proposal process. Information includes:

  • ATE program funding options
  • the Mentor-Connect cohort structure
  • tips for grant funding success
  • application instructions

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Commercial UAV EXPO


September 6 Las Vegas, NV

The latest ideas, observations, and predictions from a variety of industry experts: innovators, regulators, end-users and more. What trends and technologies do they see coming? What new challenges and opportunities lie ahead? How can you and your company prepare, anticipate, and benefit in a rapidly evolving environment?

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Application of ISO 26262 USA


September 7 Online

This conference's agenda is 100% driven by industry-intelligence, designed in close consultation with the ISO Working Group 8 and the wider community. A speaker line-up of experts from across the supply chain is featured. 

This one day virtual event has been designed as a one-stop-shop for all things functional safety, discussing the current pain points in applying ISO 26262, with the ultimate aim of offering solutions to these challenges moving ahead to the 3rd addition. 

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Like Driving a Car: Acquiring Quality SEM/FESEM Images in Different Situations


September 16 Online

Getting good SEM/FESEM images is dependent on both the sample conditions (conductivity, bulk vs. thin film, etc) and the instrument’s imaging parameters (e.g., beam voltage, beam current, working distance, detector, etc). Over the course of training and interacting with hundreds of different FESEM users Dr. Liu has observed the most important things a new user needs to know without overwhelming them with theory and trivial operational routines. This allows new users to conceptualize and visualize the electron beam behavior relative to the observed imaging. This webinar will simplify and explain the complex nature of SEM/FESEM imaging by drawing analogies to common things in everyday life such as writing with a pencil and driving a car.

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ATE Projects and Centers

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This thirty-seven page document discuses model courses for a model certificate developed by GeoTech. Slides from a past presentation are included along with annotations. Five core courses are recommended including Introduction to Geospatial Technology, Spatial Analysis and Modeling, and Data Acquisition and Management. A number of elective courses are also listed including Introduction to Remote Sensing and Introduction to Programming for Geospatial Technologies.

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Screenshot for Bridging the Skills Gap in Smart Manufacturing Promotional Materials

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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Screenshot for c3bc Medical Device Skill Standards

This 15-page document, published by the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (C3BC), explores medical device skill standards for bioscience professionals, developed by C3BC. These standards were developed for entry level positions, such as medical technicians or operators.

The document highlights the consortium's development process from 2012 to 2016, led by Sengyong Lee, including information on the initial groundwork for the standards and the various meetings that took place until they were officially introduced in 2016. Following this, the document highlights case studies on the implementation of standards in partnership with colleges throughout the United States. Finally, the document lists the medical device skill standards with a definition key. 

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Screenshot for E SC 213: Materials in Nanotechnology Laboratories

These laboratories, Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Support Center (NACK Center), are part of the Engineering Science 213 Course titled Materials in Nanotechnology. Titles of the Laboratories include: Self-Assembly Lab, PVD: Gold Nucleation Analysis (Gold Nucleation Lab), Flourescent Tagging of Liposomes (Liposome Lab), Furnace Oxidation Lab (Thermal Oxidation Lab), and Reactive Ion Etch Lab (Advanced Etch Lab). The Materials in Nanotechnology course is available to view separately. 

In the PVD: Gold Nucleation Analysis Lab, students "watch a series of videos pertaining to the processing, annealing, and subsequent analysis of PVD gold thin films," which simulate a laboratory activity. After watching the videos and analyzing the data, students will answer review questions that are provided online. This activity incudes the following objective:

  • Investigate surface mobility properties and analyze surface nucleation as a result of heat treatment.

In the Self...

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Screenshot for Robotics: A Guide for Teachers & Coaches

This 16-page resource, from the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, is a guide intended to help teachers increase student exposure to robotics and manufacturing. This resource discuses the importance of robotics in manufacturing, the need for qualified workers in STEM fields, and ways for getting students to participate in robotics programs. Competitive robotics, engaging manufacturers, manufacturing partnerships, engaging community, fundraising ideas, and digital badges are covered.

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Report Shows Positive Views of Skilled Technical Workers

A report by the staffing company, Express Employment International, investigates skilled technical worker's attitudes on several questions, such as what do workers think about their work? Do they feel confident, anxious, or uncertain about their employment and futures?

The report reveals several positive perspectives:

  • Over 90 percent of skilled technical workers are proud of their work 
  • 74 percent of United States skilled technical workers have a good career path
  • 73 percent believe more young adults should pursue careers in their field
  • 67 percent believe COVID changed how society views their work

Skilled technical workers are defined as employees who perform manual labor and work in agriculture, automotive services, construction, maintenance, manufacturing, transpiration, or utilities. Although six in 10 skilled technical workers think society looks down on their profession, 60 percent of workers believe having a skilled job is respected more now than it was ten years ago. 

Read the full report on Express Employment International's website

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Upcoming Event: Midwest Teachers of Transportation and Industrial Areas Annual Conference

Technology is changing at a rapid pace. It is crucial for a transportation teacher to stay up-to-date.

At Midwest Teachers of Transportation and Industrial Areas Annual Conference (MTTIA), there are hands-on training sessions with the latest vehicle technologies and classroom teaching strategies from professional trainers and OE manufactures. MTTIA features advanced hands-on training in the areas of: Automotive, Auto Body and, Diesel Equipment and Heavy Truck. MTTIA also features introductory hands-on training in the areas of: Small Engines/Powersports and Welding.

This conference is intended for secondary and post-secondary Auto, Auto Body, Truck, Diesel, and Small Engine teachers in the five-state area of the Upper Midwest

The conference is from August 3 to August 5th at Central Lakes College, Brainerd Minnesota. Visit their website to find out more information on the conference.

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Cover of the 2022/23 ATE Impacts book.

ATE Impacts Videos Now Live

As a part of the ATE Impacts 2022-2023 book, and in collaboration with Vox Television,  the ATE Impacts project is excited to release several videos highlighting the experiences of ATE's community. These videos feature students, administrators, educators, and industry partners sharing how ATE initiatives have impacted their lives and careers. The videos can be accessed on ATE's Impacts website.

Videos come from Pellissippi Community College, South Central College, Columbus State Community College, and Asnuntuck Community College and are from 4-6 minutes long. 

The ATE Impacts book showcases the role that two-year community and technical colleges play in building the skilled technical workforce and provide evidence of the United States’ critical economic need for technician education. The text, photos, and data throughout the 2022-2023 publication highlights the innovative and exciting work being done by the ATE community and by the people central to those efforts. Free copies of the ATE Impacts book can be obtained via the book request form.

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