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.

F1RST Public Safety UAS Symponium


June 1 Land O’ Lakes, FL

F1RST and Sundance Media Group announce the F1RST UAS Symposium to be held in Pasco County, Florida, focused on Public Safety applications for Unmanned Aircraft, bringing industry leaders to the facility with seminars, practical flight training, simulated scenarios, and live flight demonstrations of Unmanned Aircraft. The F1RST UAS Public Safety Symposium will feature demonstrations and training utilizing UAS in a variety of scenarios, taking advantage of F1RST’s rubble pile, vertical operations training, canine-UAS partnership, night flight with UAS, tactical operations utilizing UAS, and other learning experiences focused around real-world first responder and public safety engagements.

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NSF ITEST Program Solicitation Webinar


June 2 Online

STELAR, the research center for the NSF ITEST program, would like to invite members of the ATE community to attend a webinar on June 2.

The ITEST program is particularly focused on workforce development and encouraging underserved and underrepreseted youth to pursue STEM careers; as such it is specifically interested in proposals from and partnerships with community colleges, minority serving institutions, and school districts. Visit to learn more about the ITEST Program. 

ITEST is an applied research and development program with goals to advance the equitable and inclusive integration of technology in the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from pre-kindergarten through high school. The program’s objective is to support all students’ acquisition of the foundational preparation in STEM disciplines. Preparation for the current and future workforce is increasingly dependent upon the application and use of technology and computing.

Proposed ITEST projects are expected to (1) engage students in technology-rich learning to develop disciplinary and/or transdisciplinary STEM content knowledge, including skills in data literacy and evidence-based decision-making and reasoning; (2) prioritize the full inclusion of groups who have been underrepresented and/or underserved, including but not limited to Blacks and African Americans, Alaska Natives, Hispanics and Latinos , Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities, neurodiverse students, and women in the STEM and information and communication technologies (ICT) workforce; (3) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to technology-rich careers; and (4) leverage strategic and community partnerships to expand education pathways in communities through public and private partnerships and collaborations.

View the full solicitation on the NSF website: 

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Automate 2022


June 6 Detroit, Michigan

Automate is a showcase of automation, robotics, vision, motion control, and more. Attendees can explore the broadest range of products and technologies, and connect with industry leaders and innovators. This event runs from June 6th through 9th. On the last day, Automate 2022 will focus on career opportunities enabled by robotics and automation in automotive, warehousing and logistics, food and beverage, medical, construction, agriculture, retail, and other industries. Students are invited to tour the show to see all of the latest automation technologies on display.

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June 6 Online

GeoEd'22 will be held virtually from June 6 - June 10. This year, the format is a bit different than previous years. The team has shortened up the days and  have only one presentation or workshop happening at each time slot instead of having concurrent sessions so that you do not miss a thing. There is a number of presentations from you - the geospatial educator community! In addition to the exciting line-up of sessions, the event will have a Virtual Hallway that you can visit to catch up with new and old geo-friends. 

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2022 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC)

Student Event

June 13 Washington, DC

The CCIC is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is a national competition where community college student teams, working with a faculty or administrator mentor, use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems; participate in an Innovation Boot Camp; and compete for cash awards.

The Boot Camp provides professional development, mentoring, and coaching designed to build strategic communication and entrepreneurial skills to help students advance their innovations in both the private and public sectors. The event culminates in a poster session and engagement opportunity with STEM leaders and Congressional stakeholders, and a pitch presentation in front of a panel of industry and entrepreneurial professionals to determine the first, second, and third place winning teams.

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STEM Educator Virtual Solar Institute 2022


June 15 Online

This virtual institute is intended for STEM, high school, and community college educators. During the institute, participants will learn how solar photovoltaic power works, investigate career opportunities for students, explore CREATE's collection of ready-made solar classroom lessons, and develop a lesson plan to implement in the classroom. Five to six hours will be spent online with virtual instruction and five to six hours working offline with CREATE lessons and solar lab equipment.

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Energy Drone & Robotics Summit


June 20 Spring, TX

Over the last 5 years, the Energy Drone & Robotics Summit has grown into an influential gathering of industrial, energy and engineering leaders from around the globe where the key challenges & solutions are addressed for operating drones, satellites, and robotics successfully and managing/making data actionable, from the stars to the sea floor. 

Maximizing global scale and participation for this hybrid event, use cases, sessions, panels, demos, 1:1 meetings and networking will be available either in-person or on demand.

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Summer DNA Workshops


June 20 Brooklyn, New York

This workshop is a comprehensive introduction to experiments in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing. Three experiments are included: Alu insertion Polymorphism, Bitter Taste Receptor Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP), and Mitochondrial (Mt) Control Region DNA Sequence Variations. This workshop introduces a new method to produce affordable Taq polymerase and to introduce biotech workforce skills into the classroom.

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Summer DNA Workshops


June 27 Lansing, Michigan

This workshop is a comprehensive introduction to experiments in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing. Three experiments are included: Alu insertion Polymorphism, Bitter Taste Receptor Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP), and Mitochondrial (Mt) Control Region DNA Sequence Variations. This workshop introduces a new method to produce affordable Taq polymerase and to introduce biotech workforce skills into the classroom.

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Sixth Annual Wisconsin STEM Educator Solar Institute


July 12 Madison, Wisconsin

At this institute, participants will use tools of the trade to install and commission a residential size solar photovoltaic array. Necessary safety measures and electrical principles will be reviewed and practiced. Participants will also perform (and take with them) ready to use hands-on classroom lab activities that will bring solar energy to life in the classroom.

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Summer DNA Workshops


July 12 Woodland Hills, CA

This workshop is a comprehensive introduction to experiments in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing. Three experiments are included: Alu insertion Polymorphism, Bitter Taste Receptor Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP), and Mitochondrial (Mt) Control Region DNA Sequence Variations. This workshop introduces a new method to produce affordable Taq polymerase and to introduce biotech workforce skills into the classroom.

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ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE)


July 13 Online

No other conference is quite like the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE). This community-driven, virtual event is a one-stop shop for undergraduate educators in the biological and microbial sciences to network, learn and share the latest updates in education. 

2022 ASMCUE will provide you with a platform to share your successes and amplify your work with peers who understand your day-to-day work. This year’s theme, Empowering Undergraduates with Science Literacy, will dive into the importance of developing the next generation of scientists who are armed with the critical skills needed to navigate their lives. 

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Summer Teacher Workshop


July 14 Online

This summer, the Connecticut College of Technology’s National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence, will present the 2022 Summer Teachers’ Workshop. This program will be held through an online platform.

The four-day workshop provides the opportunity for you to connect with your peers from across the United States in an online workshop. This program is highly rated by teachers and faculty who have participated in the previous in-person and virtual versions of the program. The workshop will help you learn how to instruct your students in developing essential teambuilding skills as well as providing technology related experiences to help you integrate your learning into your STEM classroom and lab environment. The teambuilding, professional, and technical skills presented in the Program are designed to be directly applicable to your classroom. 

Workshop Dates & Times 

  • Thursday, July 14th - 9:00am – 5:00pm EST
  • Friday, July 15th - 9:00am – 5:00pm EST
  • Monday, July 18th - 9:00am – 5:00pm EST
  • Tuesday, July 19th - 9:00am – 5:00pm EST

Additional Workshop Details

  • Earn Professional Skills and Technical Skills Microcredentials.
  • Manuals, workbooks, Behavioral and Emotional Intelligence assessments, and related technical materials will be provided.
  • A one-year online educational license for SolidWorks CAD Software will also be provided.
  • Participants will receive a Robo-Link CoDrone kit.
  • Participants will be eligible to receive up to $750 in stipends ($500 for participation in workshop and completion of evaluation materials; $250 upon submission of curriculum for use in classroom)

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ATE Projects and Centers

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Module Description:

This module, created by the Center for Nanotechnology Education (Nano-Link), introduces students to the "... technologies that use forces and interactions at the nanoscale to treat water." In this module, students will learn about how the dominant forces that affect nanomaterials are different than what might be assumed, and focuses "attention on the kinds of interactions that nanomaterials have with contaminants." The module outcomes include: being able to compare the effectiveness of different nanotechnologies to treat contaminated water and preparing present technical information about a water treatment system. 

Module Contents:

This module includes a lesson guide, a PowerPoint slide, and a learning standards alignment document. 

The 24-page guide includes an abstract, background information on water treatment, an activity description and procedure, discussion questions, and more. 

Versions in Spanish are also included for most of the module...

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This resource, made available by Pellet Productions, Inc., is a page within the Stairway to STEM website that provides "resources for autistic students / students on the autism spectrum transitioning from high school to college, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields." 

This webpage includes a video presented by Stairway to STEM contributors at the 2018 Advanced Technical Education Conference in Washington DC. Autistic culture is discussed including identity, communication styles and techniques, as well as common myths and misconceptions related to autism. Universal Design Learning (UDL) is also discussed including effective approaches for autistic students. Two content creators from Stairway to STEM speak about their experiences in college as students with autism. The presentation concludes with a question and answer session with the audience. The video runs 32:34 minutes in length and includes links to additional resources. 

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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 DACUM, a curriculum development resource based on occupational analysis, is targeted specifically for Remote Sensing Specialists and was developed at a panel presentation in California in August 2009. On the first page, all of the duties with their corresponding tasks are listed, with entry level tasks designated with an asterisk. On the second page, general knowledge, skills, worker behaviors, tools, future trends, and acronyms are listed.

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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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Upcoming Webinar: NSF ITEST Proposals—Ingredients of a Competitive ITEST Proposal

STELAR, the research center for the NSF ITEST program, is hosting a special webinar with NSF Program Officers on Thursday, June 2, from 1:00-2:30 pm (Eastern). Anyone interested in crafting a competive ITEST proposal is encouraged to attend.

This webinar will be an interactive, participatory panel of Program Officers discussing critical aspects of conceptualizing a competitive ITEST proposal. There will be time for participant Q&A. 

The ITEST program is focused on workforce development and encouraging underserved and underrepresented youth to pursue STEM careers. ITEST is specifically interested in proposals from and partnerships with community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and school districts.

Register for this webinar and read the full proposal guidelines on the NSF website.

Visit STELAR's website to learn more about the ITEST Program.

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Upcoming Webinar: Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 & Department of Defense

Register for a free, two-day CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) 2.0 workshop through NCyTE. This workshop is perfect for cybersecurity faculty, small business IT, and cybersecurity personnel.
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Kendra Joyner

Women in Technology Club Impacts ATE Student's Career Choices

The latest ATE Impacts blog features a profile of Kendra Joyner,  who gained a foothold in her career thanks to two ATE programs.

Kendra Joyner joined the Women in Technology club a few weeks after starting digital media courses at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) in Asheville, NC.

Talking with other women about their STEM classes, hearing presentations by female technicians, and learning career tips during biweekly Women in Technology meetings became integral to Joyner’s success. It also sparked Joyner’s interest in working for the college, which she has now done for about five years. 

Computer Technologies Instructor Pamela Silvers started Women in Technology as part of her Skilled Workers Get Jobs Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects that developed strategies to recruit and retain women in STEM careers with support from the National Science Foundation.

Read more on the ATE Impacts Blog.

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