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.

Building a Safe Electrified Powertrain using MBSE


October 6 Online

Combine requirements, design, safety analysis and multi-domain simulation using an Ansys MBSE workflow to develop safe, high-performance electric powertrain systems.

What you will learn about in this webinar:

  • Developing System Architecture and Performing Functional Safety Analysis
  • Battery Management Systems Design and Validation 
  • Physical-Level Simulation for Accurate Insights on BMS and Battery Performance and Thermal Behavior under Different Usage Profiles 
  • Safety-certifiable Embedded Software Development and Validation

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Introduction to UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners


October 6 Online

This introductory course, which is limited to 30 participants, is designed to teach educators about the core concepts and foundations of UDL, practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and how to support flexible, inclusive instruction. We know from experience and neuroscience that individuals learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with a lens to identify and reduce barriers that limit learning. 

Using the UDL framework and its practical guidelines, participants will:

  • Understand and apply the foundational concepts of UDL
  • Design using the UDL design process
  • Understand the structure of the UDL Guidelines
  • Identify UDL in practice

Upon completion of the institute, participants will receive an official CAST certificate. 

Fee: $695 per person. A 10% discount is offered to teams of three or more people from the same institution.

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Physical Layer Testing Challenges of High-speed In-vehicle Networks


October 6 Online

In this free, 60-minute webinar, an expert from Keysight Technologies examines the changes sweeping automotive in-vehicle technology and the accompanying signal integrity challenges.

The expert will provide unique insight into how new ADAS and autonomous driving applications such as sensors, high-resolution displays, cameras, and connected cars, are met with new standards with data rates far beyond anything ever attempted in the hostile automotive environment.

Key topics and takeaways:

  • Discover how to ensure interoperability between vendors
  • Understand signal and data integrity challenges
  • Learn about the specific challenges of receiver testing

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The Big Event - Believe in Girls

Student Event

October 8 East Grand Forks, MN

Girls and their families will have a blast enjoying interactive sessions, exhibitor booths and tons of STEM fun! Work at your own pace through the different activities, and be entertained by science demonstrations. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind event! 

Hands-on activities are geared towards children ages 5 and up. 

Tickets may be pre-purchased online or at the door. Girl Scouts: $8 Non-Girl Scout (K-12): $10 Pre-K and under: Free Adult: Free

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MN GIS/LIS Conference


October 12 Bemidji, MN

This three day conference will consist of workshop opportunities, an Exhibit Hall with raffles & contests, social networking event on 10/11/22 & a welcome reception on 10/12/22, keynote speakers & presentations, and HOLL learning labs scheduled daily. Friday there will be a 5K fun run in the morning before the conference activities start.

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Robotics Competition Insider Webinar


October 12 Online

Join the Institute of Competition Sciences and leaders from four of the top Robotics Competition programs to learn insider tips and information about how to do well in these incredible programs. This webinar is valuable for students who want to improve their skills in robotics competitions, teachers who want to increase engagement in robotics competitions in their classrooms or afterschool programs, and parents who want to help their kids gain the most of out their participation in these programs. This event will help anyone wanting more information about how to get started and succeed in robotics competitions. In this hour-long program, participants will: 

  • Be introduced to four organizations managing leading robotics competitions for K12 and college students.
  • Network with other students and educators excited about robotics education
  • Learn tips for enhancing common skills that are valuable across all robotics programs.
  • Learn from the Institute of Competition Sciences about foundational skills in using educational competitions to enhance learning.

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Charged Virtual Conference - EV Engineering


October 17 Online

Topics include:

  • Power Electronics Design & Manufacturing
  • Motor Design & Manufacturing
  • Cell Development & Battery Systems Engineering
  • plus Testing, Powertrains, Charging Systems, Thermal Management, Circuit Protection, Wire & Cable, and more...

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Automotive USA


October 18 Detroit, MI

The automotive industry is facing more disruption now than in the last 50 years, with governmental pressure to reduce emissions, growing concerns around vehicle safety and demand for new experiences. The time to innovate is now.

Reuters Events: Automotive USA is the industry gathering to unite senior level OEM leaders who will address how they will build software-defined electric vehicles, reshape the OEM business model and plan for an autonomous future.

Reaching a North American audience, this event will shape the future strategies across business-critical topics including electrification, connectivity, autonomous vehicles, sustainability, supply chain and customer-first strategies.

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FIRA Ag Robotics & Technology Forum


October 18 Fresno, CA

At a glance:

  • The unique 3-day event for autonomous farming and agricultural robotics solutions,
  • A networking time for farmers, robot manufacturers, industrials and scientists,
  • In-field demos, business time and research projects presentations.

FIRA USA for who?

  • North-American market, specialty crop emphasis 
  • Farmers and major producers
  • Supply chain: Robotics/OEM, crop inputs and protection
  • Researchers and students

Why participate in FIRA USA?

  • Share the needs and challenges of the market
  • Discover autonomous solutions for sustainable farming
  • Spread the use of robotics and make them more accessible 
  • Foster collaborations

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NISOD’s Annual Fall Virtual Conference


October 19 Online

NISOD’s Annual Fall Virtual Conference brings together full- and part-time faculty members, librarians, and student support services personnel to share best and promising practices that increase student success at community and technical colleges. This new convening provides a convenient opportunity for campus allies to thoroughly examine what it means to meet the needs of 21st-century students.

• Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice  
• Online, Face-to-Face, and Hybrid Teaching and Learning  
• Student Services, Support, and Success

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Achieving First Time Right in Electric Powertrain Systems using Model-Based System Engineering


October 19 Online

The transition to the software-defined vehicle is causing a significant increase in system and subsystem architecture complexity. There has also been a substantial reduction in time to market, and compliance with standards like ISO26262 and ASPICE has become increasingly critical.

In this free, 60-minute webinar, KPIT’s expert explains how to address some of these challenges by adopting an integrated model-based systems engineering approach, eliminating the need for a costly and iterative defect detection and reworking process.

Key topics and takeaways:

  • Find out how MBSE allows you to reuse data and create a single source of truth
  • Learn how to ensure first time right development through left shift strategy in MBSE
  • Discover how MBSE supports system testing activities
  • Find out how to adopt a feature-driven engineering approach for better variant management
  • Learn how to utilize the tool ecosystem for MBSE to enable distributed development in a connected manner, thereby avoiding information gaps
  • Discover how MBSE-based workflows ensure that ISO26262 and ASPICE best practices are considered

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Underwater Robotics 101


October 19 Chicago, IL

This hands-on workshop will cover the basic elements of creating a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), practical applications of these devices, soldering, framing, design, cameras and safety considerations. Many educators who plan for their students to participate in the MATE ROV Competition will find this three-hour workshop helpful, however, it will be applicable to anyone interested in bringing the challenge of an ROV to their learners. 

Cost: $35 per educator, parking provided

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EV Battery Testing – How to Improve the Design and Operation of Your Lab


October 19 Online

The intensive testing of electric vehicle (EV) batteries is crucial to the evolution of e-mobility solutions. EV manufacturers, suppliers and test facilities must make the best use of their battery test lab to ensure fast development.

In this free, 60-minute webinar, Stefan Dreifke from Keysight Technologies explains how to improve the design and operation of your test lab.

Key topics and takeaways:

  • Learn why different approaches exist to set up a test lab, depending on the initial situation
  • Discover flexible hardware options that enable the optimization of the individual lab layout
  • Find out how management software can help to increase lab output and optimize workflows and data transparency

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ATE Projects and Centers

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In this conference report, Daniels describes the importance of integrating advisory boards of programs and educational institutions into the decision making process for curricula. By selecting an effective advisory board, a school or program can provide itself with a pool of industry individuals who can provide useful advice and strategic leadership. "At the foundation of this paper is a strong conviction that an advisory board will enhance the collaboration between higher education and the industry it serves and have a direct and positive impact on the educational process and the success of the school or program." Information on the fundamentals of an advisory board, when to form, selecting appropriate members, and encouraging participation are included.

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This 2-page document, made available by the STEM Guitar Project, is a template for the Project's learning activities. The following sections are included and can be updated as needed when designing learning activities: Title of Activity, Description of Activity, Learning Objectives, Standards, Materials Required, Safety, References, Activity, Quiz, and Reviewing Faculty Cohort Members. Each section includes bullet points with suggestions for content. 

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This document from John Johnson of the National GeoTech Center outlines competency requirements for geospatial technicians. The report is divided into two main sections: workforce technical competencies and workforce knowledge, skill and behavior competencies. The document includes a number of tables which include details about each specific requirement. This report may be downloaded in PDF file format.

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This collection of resources, made available by Riverside Community College, provides information about education for and careers in the Supply Chain Technician field. Included in the collection is a section of resources designed for middle school students, and a section of resources designed for high school through college students. 


The High School and College In Class Career Awareness Module includes a lesson outline, a lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation that can be used in the classroom, and surveys for use at the start and end of the course. 

The Middle School Classroom Career Awareness Module includes a PowerPoint presentation that can be used in the classroom, a lesson plan, and a lesson plan outline. 

For orientation purposes Career Awareness Brochure.pdf is included as a separate attachment and offers a sample of the type of material included in this collection. This brochure provides an overview of the Supply Chain Technician career,...

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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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New Report: Students and Technology in 2022

Conducted in 2022, EDUCAUSE surveyed 820 United States undergraduate students, revealing that students think education needs to become more balanced. According to EDUCAUSE, an IT-focused nonprofit organization, students are reevaluating their relationships to technology, campuses, and online learning.

Their survey found that,"Students are whole people with complex learning needs and goals. Completing a degree is the most common way respondents defined a successful higher education experience, but they are also hoping to secure a job, achieve personal growth, secure a high salary, and more." 

The survey covers four key areas including Technology Challenges and Solutions, Modality Preferences, Access to Educational Technology, and Student Success. Read the full report and more key takeways on the EDUCAUSE website

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ATE Student Success Stories Highlight Impacts

Did you see our recent tweet about Gerald's Student Success Story? At ATE Central, we aim to highlight how ATE programs and centers have impacted students' lives. Each video documents a unique success story, but all of them have a common theme: technician training has the power to change lives.

One Student Success Story features Gerald Kinyua, who moved to the United States from Kenya to explore a career in chemistry. At first, he found it difficult to negotiate the education system in a new country until he connected with Northern Essex Community College. Since his time at Northern Essex Community College, Gerald continued to on earn his Masters of Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Watch more videos on ATE Central's Student Success Stories webpage

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Upcoming Webinar: NSF’s New Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships

Learn about NSF’s New Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) in a free Zoom Webinar!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) says its new Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) advances use-inspired and translational research in all fields of science and engineering, potentially giving rise to new industries using breakthrough technologies and helping to engage all Americans—regardless of background or location—in the pursuit of additional high-wage jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Where might ATE Central researchers and other community members fit in?

You can start to find out—and learn more about the vision for TIP and its programs and funding opportunities—in an introductory webinar on Sept. 27 at. 2:00 PM Eastern. Register here for the hour-long presentation

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