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.


Photonics West 2022


January 22 San Francisco, CA

Experience the energy of Photonics West as everyone gathers for an exciting year in San Francisco. Get ready to enjoy real conversations, hear the latest breakthroughs, and make important connections in person. Hear cutting-edge research in biomedical optics, biophotonics, industrial lasers, optoelectronics, microfabrication, MOEMS-MEMS, displays, and more. Attend technical presentations, courses, two world-class exhibitions, plenary presentations, and a variety of networking activities. Meet up with the optics and photonics community at the Moscone Center.

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NCCE 2022


February 2 Seattle, WA

The NCCE 2022 will be back in-person in 2022 in Seattle, Washington, February 2-4. NCCE is leading, engaging and assisting educational communities in the Pacific Northwest to reach higher levels of student and educator success through the use of 21st century technology.

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to connect face-to-face with educators seeking information and solutions to fit their expanding needs. NCCE draws district and school administrators, IT and curriculum directors, teacher-librarians and many others who are directly involved with the implementation of technology in the classroom.

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Student Event

February 5 Thief River Falls, MN

The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) is excited to host the RADC 2021-22 Challenge: Downdraft 2! The RADC Tournament is open to middle and high school students, with families and friends welcome to spectate the event. Doors will open at 7:30 AM with team check-in beginning at 8:00 AM. 

The winner of this tournament will earn a spot to the Worlds Competition! 

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2022 ATHEN Virtual STEM Accessibility Conference


February 10 Online

The Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) is hosting the first ever Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Accessibility: Starting with Math virtual conference on February 10th and 11th, 2022! Organizers are striving for a diverse conference where experts can share their best practices, solutions, techniques, etc. for accessing and creating accessible STEM content in higher education. This is going to be exciting, novel, resourceful, and enlightening to all who care about accessible content in STEM fields in higher education. There will be 2 concurrent sessions offered each hour so you have reduced FOMO (fear of missing out).

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Increasing Community Resilience to Extreme Weather and Environmental Hazards


February 15 Online

The Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities (CSCRC) Project aims to engage the public in active learning and resilience planning around heat waves, sea level rise, extreme precipitation, and drought. Throughout 2021, participating science centers from across the US organized and implemented science-to-civics campaigns in their communities with the goal of increasing resilience to extreme weather and environmental hazards through citizen-created data, local knowledge, and community values. In this online workshop we will hear from the CSCRC project team at the Museum of Science, Boston and SciStarter about the outcomes of this NOAA-funded work. Participants will also hear from select NISE Network partners who participated in the project and learn about ways people can engage communities in this programming.

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The Art and Science of Asking Meaningful Evaluation Questions


February 16 Online

There are no stupid questions, but some questions are better than others when it comes to framing evaluations. The best evaluation questions are reasonably scoped, informed by a breadth of information sources, and define the boundaries of an evaluation.

Determining the questions that will focus an evaluation is a critical first step in evaluation planning. It’s an opportunity to surface the values that should guide technical decision-making, think ahead to how questions will be answered with data, and clarify expectations for the evaluation. In this webinar, we will walk through guidelines for asking good process and outcome evaluation questions for ATE projects. We’ll grapple with balancing the science of linking questions to project logic models and intended outcomes with the art of asking questions that are clear, meaningful, and answerable.

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The Science of Teaching


February 18 San Francisco, California

This conference will combine COVID lessons learned with the Science of Learning to create a new Science of Teaching to improve education. Participants will explore ways learning sciences, portable EEG devices, and researcher-teacher partnerships are changing teaching, as well as how design science is reshaping school schedules, start times, and learning environments. Discover ways to create more flexible, personal, engaging, and blended learning; use design thinking and instructional design; rethink grades, assessments, and leadership; and redesign learning spaces to improve learning.

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IMS Digital Credentials Summit


February 28 Atlanta, Georgia

Join IMS Global for the annual Digital Credentials Summit at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. At the Digital Credentials Summit, participants will become part of the educational experience transformation toward a new focus on developing talent and connecting talent to opportunities. Igniting this talent continuum is a diverse set of new mindsets, partnerships, and products. They all revolve around a simple concept that digital credentials can provide better ways to reward credit and link to opportunities than current paper transcripts, certificates, and resumes.

This cross-sector event is the only one of its kind bringing together the leading higher education, K-12, business, philanthropy, corporate training, and workforce development organizations.

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Minnesota Transportation Conference & Expo


February 28 St. Paul, MN

The 2022 Minnesota Transportation Conference & Expo is hosted by ACEC-MN in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Minnesota Transportation Alliance. MTC&E has a long-standing reputation for bringing the industry's "best and brightest" together under one roof and highlighting innovative transportation solutions that serve the Midwest and benefit the nation!

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Working with STEM Experts - If Only There Was a Guide....Now There Is!


March 1 Online

In this online workshop, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE) will explore the NISE Networks Working with STEM Experts Guide - a practical resource for how to find, prepare, and work with the experts in your community. This workshop will discuss strategies for finding different types of expertise, including indigenous voices, lists of experts by subject area, at colleges and universities, student groups, professional societies, diversity-serving professional societies, local industry professionals, affinity and enthusiast groups, local, state, and federal agencies. The workshop will provide best practices for integrating experts into any programming topic in an informal learning setting, as well as helpful tools for creating successful, fun, effective experiences for all. Come learn how to utilize the valuable expertise in your community and provide access to these experts for your audiences.

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Free Workshop Series - Exploiting Systems


March 5 ,

Join the Bay Area Cyber League for a free monthly Cybersecurity Workshop series. This monthly series is a great way to learn about many of the different facets of cybersecurity. Feel free to join for all or pick and choose the topics that interest you the most. 

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Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition (OFC)


March 6 San Diego, CA

OFC, The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition, is an international event for the latest advances in optical communications and networking.

Hear Invited and Peer-Reviewed Presentations in Key Topic Areas:

  • Active optical devices and photonic integrated circuits
  • Advances in prototypes and product developments of components and subsystems for data centers and optical networks
  • Advances in system, network and service developments and field trials in commercial data centers and networks
  • Architectures and software-defined control for metro and core networks
  • Digital subsystems and systems for data centers
  • Digital and electronic subsystems
  • Digital transmission systems
  • Fibers and propagation physics
  • Fiber-optic and waveguide devices and sensors
  • Fiber-radio, optical wireless and sensing systems
  • Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services
  • Optical networking for data center and computing applications
  • Optical, photonic and microwave photonic subsystems
  • Passive optical devices for switching and filtering

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Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) 2022


March 17 Cleveland, OH

WiCyS brings together women in cybersecurity from academia (faculty and students), research, government, and industry - all while creating a community of engagement, encouragement, and support at a technical conference.

What sets the WiCyS 2022 conference apart from others is that approximately 50% of the attendees are selected scholarship students from High School, 2 and 4-year institutions at all levels of education, and 50% of attendees are professionals at various levels of their careers.

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ATE Projects and Centers

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Screenshot for E SC 215: Materials Modification in Nanotechnology: Laboratory Activities

This web page, from the Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Support Center (NACK Center), includes a lab overview and associated laboratory activities that are part of the E SC 215: Nanotechnology Applications course. The following labs and related documents are included:

  • ESC 215 Lab Overview
  • Lab 1: Microfluidics
  • Lab 2: Furnace Oxidation
  • Lab 3: Ion Implantation Simulation
  • Lab 4: Stiction
  • Lab 5: Doping

Labs include a variety of information, such as an objective, background information, a detailed procedure, charts and tables, and follow-up questions. Labs and related documents are available to download in .doc format. Course lectures are available to view separately. Users must set up a free account to download the materials. 

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This 74 page document, created by Kate Robertson from the EDF National Energy Program, outlines information on the sector and job postings for green jobs in Texas. This resource is particularly helpful for those who wish to learn more or transition into careers in this field. An introduction to the guide and index to career opportunities orient the reader in the first section of this report. Next, a one page description of the sector is provided, and the remaining pages contain job listings. In the job listings section, information on apprenticeships, green job placement assistance, programs at academic institutions, educational programs at community colleges, and continuing education opportunities at community colleges are included.

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These webinar slides, provided by Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC), accompany a webinar that was recorded February 19, 2010. The webinar was presented by Thomas McGlew, eSyst Project Manager. The eSyst project was "conceived to address the systems view of electronics to meet industry's current needs, develop new systems resources, create a guide to help facilitate the changes, and encourage colleges to update programs." This presentation, focuses on data acquisition for this new approach. The slides describe the potential solutions eSyst resources offer electronics programs, and outlines the difference between the traditional view and the new systems view, as well as general course recommendations, de-emphasized topics, new topics, and general lab and textbook recommendations.These slides are part five of a six-part webinar series provided by eSyst.

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This curriculum resource, created by Penn State University for the Youth Engaged in Technology program (YET) is geared toward 4-H participants interested in learning about GIS technologies. This four week course module covers the fundamentals of GIS mapping as well as how to read and use GIS maps. At the beginning of the document, there are suggested resources for instructors to review before implementing this course for students. Activities and discussion topics are included for the ease of the instructor.

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Careers in Biotechnology: A Counselor's Guide to the Best Jobs in the United States was developed from a partnership between California Community Colleges and Bio-Link. The guide "is a quick information source for counselors, instructors and any other person interested in a biotechnology career." Chapters include Biotechnology in the United States, Qualifications, Training and Interests, Best Jobs in Biotechnology, and Finding a Job. A glossary is provided at the end of the document for those unfamiliar with biotechnology terms.

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Active ATE Centers 27
Active ATE Projects 358
ATE Resources 6,002
New Projects/Centers 47
New Resources 150

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Project Releases Recent Findings on ATE Centers’ Legacies

The recently completed two-year study “Exploring Past Investment in Learning through Grant-funded Undergraduate Advanced Technology Education Centers (EPILOGUE)” released its comprehensive report earlier this year. The project sought to investigate the legacy of ATE centers, including the ideas, innovations, knowledge, and products developed by each center and how these continue to evolve and be employed in instructional settings. 

The findings in the report draw on interviews, archival documents, and public information from 10 ATE centers. Among the key findings, six major themes emerged: partnerships, team formation, leadership characteristics, creating an independent organization, the role of the National Visiting Committee, and the use of data and external evaluation.

Read the full report for more detailed findings and visit the project homepage for case studies, resource sheets, and other information.

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Upcoming Webinar: Experiencing Inaccessible PDFs

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarian's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Community of Practice will host a webinar, "Experiencing Inaccessible PDFs and How the National Network for Equitable Library Service Has Been Advancing the Agenda of Accessible Publishing."

In this presentation, Dr. Daniella Levy-Pinto will discuss the experiences of being provided inaccessible journal articles, eBooks, and other scholarly materials, and the consequences badly produced reading material has for the blind community and the scholarly community more broadly.

The webinar will be held on January 20th from 1-2 pm (EST). Interested community members can register for the webinar using this online form. For question, contact co-facilitators Mark Weiler or Aneta Kwak

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BEST: Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Building Efficiency for Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Annual Institute

The Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Annual Institute takes place January 5-7, 2022. This free, online event focuses on sustainability challenges and innovations and how institutions can support technician education to confront sustainability issues.

The event highlights legislative and international efforts, innovations in the field of energy efficiency and Building Automation Systems, and strategies and opportunities for educators and industry.

Members of the ATE community are encouraged to register for the institute, check out the program, or contact Larry Chang, BEST Center Director, for any questions. 

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