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.

ABRF 2024 Annual Meeting


April 21 Minneapolis, MN

The ABRF Annual Meeting is an international program that provides timely updates on cutting-edge science and its execution in a shared resource/core facility setting. These meetings also offer informative and practical workshops as well as ample networking opportunities with academics, corporate, and technology partner colleagues.

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April 22 San Diego, CA

XPONENTIAL is a yearly gathering of global leaders and end users in the uncrewed systems and robotics industry. Founded on the belief that cross-pollination drives innovation, it features opportunities to connect and problem-solve with experts across markets and domains. 

At XPONENTIAL, more than 7,500 of the world’s top experts in autonomous technology come together to change the course of human progress. This event is proud to welcome technologists, users, buyers, policymakers, and strategists from over 20 industries and 60 countries. No matter your role, XPONENTIAL will help you stay competitive and take advantage of immediate business opportunities. 

XPONENTIAL is co-hosted by The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA). As the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems and robotics and one of the world’s largest organizers of international trade shows, their teams are committed to ensuring that new autonomous technologies are implemented in safe and equitable ways — so that autonomy works for everyone.

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Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)


April 22 Online

This workshop is funded and tailored specifically for community and technical college faculty members wishing to expand their knowledge, earn an industry certification, and strengthen their ability to incorporate new cybersecurity content in their community college curriculum. This workshop is not intended for students or other non-faculty participants.

Validate your expertise and get the leverage you need to move up in your teaching career. With a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification, you can do just that. CISA is world-renowned as the standard of achievement for those who audit, control, monitor and assess an organization’s information technology and business systems.

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ITSS Summit - Seattle, Washington


April 23 Seattle, WA

In these free hands-on, interactive workshops, attendees will learn how to develop and leverage a future-facing set of skill standards for any technical discipline.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed via a stipend. Participating schools must send at least two people: one faculty member and one administrator.

"ITSS Summit" attendees will...

  • Understand the elements of the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) Model and the skill standards development cycle
  • Discuss strategies for recruiting subject matter experts
  • Practice preparing and hosting SME meetings to prioritize in-demand job skills and KPIs
  • Convert the job skills into student learning outcomes
  • Workshop implementing the skill standard materials into curriculum
  • Develop mentored “action plans” for next steps

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VEX World Championship Competition

Student Event

April 25 Dallas, TX

The 2024 VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, will be held April 25 through May 3 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The annual event brings together the top VEX IQ Robotics Competition, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U Robotics Competition teams from around the globe to celebrate their accomplishments and be crowned champions.

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Utilizing an Interview to Determine a "Good Fit"


April 26 Online

Go beyond focusing solely on presenting yourself as the optimal candidate and utilize the interview to determine if an internship/job opportunity is a “Good Fit” for you. In this workshop you’ll gain strategies to clarify your career and educational goals and frame questions to obtain accurate information to assess if a workplace will support those goals, while also learning to recognize potential misalignments.

Learning outcomes:

  • Define what a ‘bad fit' or 'toxic work environment’ is
  • Outline and clarify your own goals before the interview
  • Use questions during an interview to determine whether a workplace is in alignment with your goals and values
  • Articulate strategies and practice language to frame questions
  • Describe examples of verbal and non-verbal red flags indicating the opportunity may not be a “Good Fit”
  • Describe factors that can make it difficult to recognize and weigh the potential impact of red flags during and after an interview

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ATE Project Talks: Speed Networking and Industrial Biomanufacturing


April 26 Online

This webinar is part of the InnovATEBIO 2024 series of virtual ATE project talks.  This series features leaders in biotechnology workforce education from across the US sharing their work on exciting projects funded by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.  The ATE program supports the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

Each talk will be 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Talk 1: Effective Industry & Student Engagement with Speed Networking 

Talk 2: Module Development for Bioindustrial Manufacturing Workforce Readiness

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ASME Aerospace Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference


April 29 Renton, WA

ASME's 2nd Annual Aerospace Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference (SSDM) gathers aerospace structures, structural dynamics, and materials engineers and researchers from industry, academia, and government agencies to discuss technical advancements in this growing sector. The program is designed to not only showcase the latest research but also encourage meaningful dialogue in a dynamic setting.

Attend SSDM to:

  • Meet your next R&D partner: Connect with government agencies.
  • Advance your products: Choose among hundreds of technical presentations to discover new ways to build, test, and develop aerospace technologies
  • Facilitate product advancement: Participate in sessions focused on applied technological design and development
  • Expand your knowledge in specialized topic areas: Discover new avenues in aerospace structures, structural dynamics, or material
  • Promote your company: Connect with aerospace industry decision makers in person to stay ahead of your competition

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Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)


April 29 Online

This workshop is intended for community college faculty wishing to expand their knowledge, earn an industry certification, and strengthen their ability to incorporate new cybersecurity content in their community college curriculum. This workshop is not intended for students or other non-faculty.

Earning the CISSP proves you have what it takes to effectively design, implement, and manage a best-in-class cybersecurity program. With a CISSP, you validate your expertise and become an (ISC)² member, unlocking a broad array of exclusive resources, educational tools, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

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How to Tell a Student No: Maintaining Empathy, Firmness, and Clarity in a Difficult Discuss


April 30 Online

Denying a student's request for a particular accommodation can be hard. This webinar will offer practical guidance regarding the process you should undertake before saying "no" to a request, how to word your response to the student, holding firm in the face of push-back from students and parents, and best practices for documenting your decision and communications. Whether you are in a one-person office or a large office setting, this webinar will offer helpful advice for navigating this sometimes sticky situation with sensitivity for the student's position and understanding of your role in the accommodations process.

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2024 NACK Hands-on-Site Workshops


May 6 University Park, PA

These workshops present overviews of the world of nanotechnology. Participants will learn about the growing applications of nanotechnology in many areas and the basics of nanofabrication processes. The three-day workshops are broken down into daily lectures by CNEU staff and lab sessions on nanofabrication in the CNEU teaching cleanroom. Additional workshop details, hotel information, and finanical support details will be included in a confirmation email.

Target audience: Post secondary and secondary science and technology educators with a desire to create additional learning opportunities for their students.
Possible Topics: Cleanroom safety, Vacuum, Evaporation, Metrology, Lithography, SEM, AFM, Etching, CVD, and ideas on how to implement these into your lessons, courses, and programs.

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Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)


May 6 Online

This workshop is intended for community college faculty interested in becoming cybersecurity faculty or faculty wishing to expand their knowledge, earn an industry certification, and strengthen their ability to incorporate new cybersecurity content in their community college curriculum. This workshop is not intended for students or other non-faculty.

ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification indicates expertise in information security governance, program development and management, incident management and risk management. If you are a mid-career IT professional aspiring to senior management roles in IT security and control, CISM can get you the visibility you need.

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Webinar: Preparing Forms for Your NSF ATE Proposal


May 8 Online

This webinar covers all the Forms that make up an NSF ATE final proposal submission. Topics include: (1) the purpose of various forms associated with NSF ATE proposals; (2) what data to enter into each form. The forms included are: cover sheet, project summary, project description, references cited, senior personnel forms (current and pending support, biosketches, collaborators and other affiliations), facilities, equipment and other resources, data management plan, project data form, and other supplemental documents.  As a note, budget and budget justification are covered in a separate webinar. Upon completion you will know the importance of providing consistent information on all forms and recognize common errors to avoid.

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ATE Projects and Centers

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Advanced Manufacturing Technologies topics include:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • General manufacturing

Agricultural and Environmental Technologies topics include:

  • Agriculture and aquaculture
  • Environmental technologies
  • Natural resources
  • Nuclear power
  • Solar energy
  • Wind power

Bio and Chemical Technologies topics include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical and process technologies

Engineering Technologies topics include:

  • Electronics and controls
  • General engineering
  • Marine technologies
  • Materials technologies
  • Optics
  • Space technologies

General Advanced Technological Education topics include:

  • Evaluation
  • Learning research
  • Recruitment
  • Teacher preparation

Information and Security Technologies topics include:

  • Geospatial technologies
  • Information and communications technologies
  • Logistics
  • Security, information assurance, and forensics

Micro and Nanotechnologies topics include:

  • MEMS
  • Microsystems
  • Semiconductors
Screenshot for STEM-ID Engineering: Cellphone Challenge

This resource, published by Georgia Tech Research Institute, features an engineering activity designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. In this activity, students work with partners to design a cell phone holder for their partner's phone using a 3D modeling software. Each student will have to come up with a design that meets their partner's requirements. At the end of the activity, the phone holders will be 3D printed and presented to the class. The activity "serves to introduce students to the steps of the engineering design process and to instill in them the importance of communication, documentation, and precise measurement in the creation of new products."

The activity is divided into six sections that last two to three weeks periods. The resource includes the following:

  • An 18-page teacher's activity guide
  • Presentation evaluation rubric
  • Engineering design process poster
  • A sheet imitating a request for design proposals
  • A graphic organizer comparing pitch and concept
  • ...

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Program Description

InnovATEBIO offers a number of Course-in-a-Box resources intended for instructors to adapt and introduce into new courses. These collections of resources have been compiled and contributed by instructors of InnovATEBIO programs. Resources can include course descriptions, student outcomes, schedules, reading assignments, laboratory exercise, lecture materials, homework, classroom activities, exams, and videos.

Course Description

Chromatography Techniques "introduces the basic concepts involved in the separation of molecules. The purpose of this course is to give students a basic understanding of the basic underlying physico-chemical principles of the chromatographic process. It covers the principles governing chromatographic separation methods, applications of chromatographic methods used in biological and analytical labs, and techniques of chromatography. Students complete lab work using a variety of methods including: thin layer, gel permeation, ion exchange,...

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Screenshot for Introduction to Vacuum Technology: E-Book

This 199-page textbook, provided Erie Community College, provides an introduction to vacuum technology and science, featuring topics curated to the needs of technicians in a production environment. Written by three professors/experts in vacuum technology, the textbook covers a wide range of concepts including gas load, pumping mechanisms, creating a vacuum, gas diffusion and permeation, rough vacuum systems, piping and valves, and more. Each chapter in the textbook includes a variety of sub-units and ends with a series of questions and a separate multiple-choice online quiz linked through the textbook. The chapters are as follows:

  • Chapter 1: Vacuum: An Enabling Technology,
  • Chapter 2: The Behavior of Gases,
  • Chapter 3: An Introduction to Vacuum Systems,
  • Chapter 4: Rough Vacuum Regime.

Related student lab manual with instructor guide, along with videos and labs are available to view separately.

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Screenshot for PBE Administrative Policies

This collection of documents from Texas State Technical College (TSTC) provides a sample of administrative policies used in implementing performance-based education (PBE).

These documents are composed of a cybersecurity departmental standard policy, statewide operating standards for faculty expectations and grading systems, an advising acknowledgment form, and a remote access hardship application. The cybersecurity department standard policy addresses requirements for the mastery of course competencies through assessments in PBE courses. The statewide operating standard for faculty expectations and workload addresses the assignment of fair and equitable instructional duties to full-time faculty commensurate with their teaching discipline and other responsibilities. The statewide operating standard for grading systems addresses how TSTC measures student achievement of skills, knowledge, and competencies and how to report student performance for each course attempted or credited with a...

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Screenshot for Residential Energy Technician DACUM

This resource, from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, provides a job description and task analysis listing/chart for a Residential Energy Technician position. This position applies "house as a system" energy efficiency technology to new and retrofit construction. In the resource, competence areas are highlighted, including general building trade knowledge, a knowledge of basic math and physics, and more.

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Active ATE Projects 306
ATE Resources 6,524
New Projects/Centers 52
New Resources 148

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Google Discontinuing Universal Analytics

Google Analytics has announced that starting July 1, 2024, Google Analytics 4 will fully replace Universal Analytics. As a result, all Universal Analytics services and APIs will be discontinued. This change will render Universal Analytics properties inaccessible through the Google Analytics platform and its APIs. Users who haven't transitioned to Google Analytics 4 are advised to consult the migration guide to initiate the switch as soon as possible.

Data Preservation To retain access to Universal Analytics data, it is crucial to download or export it immediately. Data not exported through the methods provided in the Google Analytics Help Center will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered. For those utilizing the BigQuery integration for Universal Analytics 360 historical data, it is recommended to commence this process without delay.

Impact on Product Integrations With the discontinuation of Universal Analytics, various services and functionalities tied to it will cease to operate. This includes Universal Analytics goals, ecommerce transactions, and audience lists. Ad campaign performance may be affected, especially if Smart Bidding and media activation are in use....

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All of Us Research Hub Summer Institute 2024

The National Institutes of Health is launching the All of Us Research Hub Summer Institute from June 25 to 28, 2024, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. This groundbreaking program aims to involve over a million people across the US as research participants, creating one of the largest and most diverse datasets ever compiled for health research. Guided by principles of diversity, transparency, and accessibility, the All of Us Research Program offers this data to the public and researchers at all career stages, including students. The goal is to foster an inclusive and diverse research community, inspiring the next generation of scientists.

The Summer Institute will engage participants in a sample research project using the All of Us dataset and educate students on how to utilize the Research Hub for their own research inquiries. Before the Institute, participants must complete an asynchronous learning module introducing the All of Us Research Program and guiding them through dataset registration.

Who should apply? US community college instructors teaching biology, genetics, anatomy, biotech, health, or research methods courses. Benefits include $1,125 participation...

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Upcoming Webinar: Bookshare & DCMP

RIT and DeafTec will host a webinar this week on two pivotal tools- Bookshare and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) this Thursday, Apr 4, 2024, at 1:00 PM in Central. 

Bookshare, esteemed as the leading accessible online library, offers an extensive array of materials ranging from textbooks and bestsellers to children's literature and career guides, specifically designed for individuals with reading challenges. The webinar sheds light on how educators can facilitate their students' access to a complimentary Bookshare account, enabling tailored reading experiences to suit individual needs.

Furthermore, DCMP is recognized as a provider of inclusive educational videos nationwide. Both families and educators are provided insights on how to access a vast collection of videos equipped with captions, audio descriptions, and sign language translations, along with exclusive professional development opportunities.


Sign language interpreting and captioning will be provided.

Registration is available on the Zoom website.

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Second Annual Cybersecurity Across Disciplines (CyAD) Conference

The second annual Cybersecurity Across Disciplines (CyAD) Conference is set to take place in-person at Moraine Valley Community College on June 12-13, 2024.

This event invites community college faculty members, industry representatives, and educators from diverse disciplines to come together and delve into the critical intersections of cybersecurity. Whether you're from the manufacturing, healthcare, retail, engineering, or banking and finance sectors, this conference offers invaluable opportunities to expand your cybersecurity knowledge, integrate it into your curriculum, and collaborate on innovative approaches to cybersecurity education. With interactive presentations, hands-on workshops, and ample networking opportunities, the CyAD conference is designed to equip you with practical tools and insights, regardless of your prior cybersecurity experience.

Register online on the NCyTE website.

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