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.

AI in the Classroom: Talks with Q&A


July 25 Online

Thursday, July 25, 2pm ET: A three-hour workshop featuring keynote speaker Tom Menella, who will present "The Real Power and False Promise of Generative AI: Student Use, Performance, Perceptions and Faculty Applications of ChatGPT." His presentation will be followed by a series of short presentations (15 or 30-minutes, depending on content) selected from submitted abstracts, followed by thematic breakout rooms to discuss and develop ideas in preparation for the Friday workshop.

Friday, July 26, 2pm ET: An optional one-hour workshop geared towards those participants who want to discuss different aspects of AI in the classroom. There will also have time for networking and socializing to encourage making professional connections.

Participants may attend one or both sessions.

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AI in the Classroom: Workshop


July 26 Online

Thursday, July 25, 2pm ET: A three-hour workshop featuring keynote speaker Tom Menella, who will present "The Real Power and False Promise of Generative AI: Student Use, Performance, Perceptions and Faculty Applications of ChatGPT." His presentation will be followed by a series of short presentations (15 or 30-minutes, depending on content) selected from submitted abstracts, followed by thematic breakout rooms to discuss and develop ideas in preparation for the Friday workshop.

Friday, July 26, 2pm ET: An optional one-hour workshop geared towards those participants who want to discuss different aspects of AI in the classroom. There will also have time for networking and socializing to encourage making professional connections.

Participants may attend one or both sessions.

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HI-TEC 2024


July 29 Kansas City, MO

Supported by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) program, HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with preparing America’s skilled technical workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy.

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BIOTECH Pathways: Summer Institute

Student Event

July 29 Bel Air, MD

This free Biotech Pathways: Summer Institute provides hands-on, minds-on laboratory experiences that allow participants to gain biotechnology skills and learn more about what a career in biotech has to offer.

This program is open to all current high school students who have taken at least one high school biology course.

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UDL-Con: International


July 30 Sacramento, CA

This year, for the first time, CAST’s Annual Symposium and the UDL-IRN Summit are joining forces to create the world’s largest International UDL Convention. They are excited to bring together these two events to develop and explore how UDL can be used around the world to break down barriers to learning. 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for addressing the educational needs of diverse and variable learners in many settings across many stages of life. It is a means to eradicate persistent inequities in education, informed by the educators who use it and their students.

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Experience STEAM

Student Event

August 2 Bloomington, MN

This 3-day STEAM event provides k-12 youth and families numerous opportunities to experience STEAM [science, technology, engineering, arts, math] in action with highly-engaging hands-on learning experiences!


  • We will need to fill more than 92,000 tech jobs by 2033! – CompTIA/Lightcast
  • The median wage for tech jobs is $101,365. This is 106% HIGHER than the median state wage in MN! – State of Tech Talent 2023 Report
  • Minnesota has 30 public 2-year community and technical colleges from which to choose.
  • There is a large variety of national and state STEM scholarships available! 

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Society for Industrial Microbiology Conference Annual Meeting


August 4 Boston, MA

The core technical program builds from the five core SIMB topic areas, Biocatalysis, Cell Culture & Fermentation, Environmental Microbiology, Metabolic Engineering, and Natural Products. The topic area committees and conveners have assembled robust, cutting-edge scientific programs around these areas to highlight industrial successes and emerging research advances in those fields.

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REU Convocation


August 4 Lincoln, NE

The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Convocation is an end-of-program technical conference (2-3 days) held at one of the sites that conduct their own REU Programs. The Nebraska Nanoscale Facility and Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience will host the convocation in August 2024, where REU students will get excellent exposure to academic, research, and industry professionals in the field. Participants from NNCI REU site programs will present their results in poster and oral formats and network with their peers. This is a wonderful culmination of the research experience.

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2024 NACK Hands-on-Site Workshops


August 5 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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University of Washington MATE FLOATS! Summer Workshop

Student Event

August 5 Seattle, WA

The National Center for Autonomous Technologies and its maritime partners are offering a Marine Technology Summer Camp experience for undergraduate and high school students. This 5-day camp is being hosted at the University of Washington (UW) and will focus on Global Ocean Biogeochemical (GO-BGC) float technology.

MATE FLOATS! - Marine Technology Camp is taught by UW School of Oceanography Float Engineer Rick Rupan with assistance from UW undergraduate students. During this camp, students will have the opportunity to sail on board the UW R/V Rachel Carson. 

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Antibody Engineering Hackathon August 2024

Student Event

August 5 Online

The Fourth Virtual Hackathon for Developing CURES in Antibody Engineering will be held August 5-8th, 2024! Applications will be opened on April 1st. This event is free and mostly virtual. 

Participants work together in teams to develop research projects that undergraduate students will carry out in courses where they study biotechnology or related topics. Hackathon participants will learn about the uses of antibodies in diagnostics, research, and therapeutics, develop new skills in immunology-related bioinformatics programs and databases, learn about new laboratory techniques for working with antibodies, and become part of an exciting community. Faculty and students with varying levels of experience in working with antibodies are encouraged to apply.  Participants will be selected based on experience and motivation to attend. Applicants from community colleges will receive the highest priority.

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2024 MTTIA Conference


August 6 Brainerd, MN

The 2024 MTTIA conference is being held on August 6-8 at Central Lakes College, in Brainerd, MN with evening activities at Cragun’s Resort. Secondary and post-secondary transportation instructors from around the Midwest meet at this conference to share best practices and update their skills. Attending this year’s conference will satisfy the yearly requirement of 20 hours of ASE Certified Automotive Technology training. This is a must conference for those who want to stay abreast of changing technology! Attendees will also receive a CEU certificate at the end of the conference.

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Weld-Ed Summer Training - GMAW /FCAW Processes


August 7 Marysville, CA

Join Weld-Ed for a Summer Workshop from August 7-9 for a 3-Day Summer Session on GMAW /FCAW Processes at Yuba College.

What's included:

  1. Training materials: Participants will receive a complete set of training materials for classroom use.
  2. Food: Lunch will be provided at the training site each day.
  3. Hotel: Lodging will be provided for non-local attendees or as needed.
  4. Professional Development Hours

$49.00 – Affiliate Price

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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 Guitar Building Materials: Case Study

This 16-page case study describes the STEM Guitar Project. Guitar building, thermally modified wood, torrefied wood, materials science, making decisions for products and materials, and other related areas are highlighted. Background information on the STEM Guitar Project, emails between project stakeholders, and takeaways are also provided. 

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Screenshot for Virtual Reality: Educational Program for Developing Business Communication Skills in Manufacturing Technician Education

This Android application from Purdue University provides a simulation of the work that advanced manufacturing technicians perform, including details on the work that they perform in automation and data exchange. The simulation is composed of five sections, including an introduction and four sequential storylines. In the simulation, learners role play as a novice technician at a manufacturing company that produces printed paper products. The simulation helps learners develop skills in communication, problem-solving, working in a diverse workplace, and more. A VR headset is required to run the application. Installation instructions are provided in the downloadable ZIP file alongside an Android Package and four Android Opaque Binary Blob files. 

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Screenshot for Quantum Technician Skills and Competencies for the Emerging Quantum 2.0 Industry

This 17-page article, provided by Indian River State College, presents the results of a quantum industry survey on the skills and competencies necessary in a quantum technician workforce, followed by recommendations for quantum technician curricula based on the survey results. The article provides an overview of the quantum industry in the United States and an analysis of current quantum education programs, highlighting the insufficient technical training in quantum technologies to meet the projected need for a quantum technician workforce. Additionally, the article discusses the EdQuantum project, which aims to create a curriculum in quantum technologies for technicians.

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Screenshot for C-TEACH Academy:  Using Burettes Laboratory Experiment

This 12-page professional development activity, provided by Cape Fear Community College, introduces STEM educators to the proper use of a burette. The laboratory procedure provides background on the use and setup of a burette, an introductory problem, instructions for the lab, and lab questions. In the first part of the activity, participants will deliver various amounts of water into a container using a burette, aiming to deliver the exact amount of liquid specified. In the second part of the lab, participants will titrate various brands of beers for their percent acidity values (lactic acid). Additionally, a spreadsheet is included, allowing an instructor to input the participant's laboratory data to determine if their tolerance meets industry and glassware standards.

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Screenshot for Invasive Species Activity

This activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) explores invasive species. The activity asks students to look into one invasive species and record details about their native habitat, diet, how and why the species was introduced, and more. Students then create an informational flyer about the organism using Microsoft Publisher. 

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NSF Funds Climate Resilience Capacity

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a $77.8 million investment aimed at bolstering climate resilience through 14 projects under the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). This funding spans 50 institutions across 21 jurisdictions, targeting states that have traditionally received lower levels of research funding. NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan emphasized the initiative's importance in addressing climate change impacts nationwide by fostering innovation, strengthening STEM education, and supporting economic growth.

The funded projects involve interdisciplinary teams working collaboratively to advance climate change research and resilience. Examples include Louisiana Tech University's project on sustainable energy and water reuse systems, the University of New Hampshire's nature-based climate solutions, and the University of Vermont's water management strategies guided by Indigenous knowledge. These projects aim to develop climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, expand STEM opportunities, and enhance the resilience of underserved and disproportionately affected communities across the United States.

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New Research: Confidence in Community Colleges

A recent report by Gallup and the Lumina Foundation reveals that Americans maintain more confidence in community colleges than four-year institutions, primarily due to the cost-effectiveness and perceived value of two-year public colleges. Nearly half (48%) of Americans express significant confidence in community colleges, while only one-third (33%) feel the same about four-year colleges and universities. The report is based on a survey of 2,180 U.S. adults conducted last month.

The report highlights political and racial differences in confidence levels. Republicans show much lower confidence in both community colleges and four-year institutions compared to Democrats and independents, but they still view two-year colleges more favorably. Among Republicans, 36% express confidence in community colleges, versus 15% for four-year schools. Independents hold more confidence in both, while a majority of Democrats (67%) trust community colleges compared to 58% for four-year institutions. Racially, both Whites and people of color rate community colleges similarly, but people of color have a higher confidence in four-year schools (39% vs. 30%). Overall, Americans rate community colleges...

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Biden Administration Funds Technology Hubs

The Biden administration announced a significant investment of $504 million in grants for twelve technology hubs across the U.S., including locations in Ohio, Montana, Nevada, and Florida. This funding aims to support advancements in fields like quantum computing, biomanufacturing, lithium batteries, computer chips, and personalized medicine. The initiative seeks to spread technological innovation beyond major metropolitan areas such as San Francisco and New York City.

The funding is part of the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration efforts, with President Biden previously designating 31 tech hubs in October 2023. The administration is advocating for additional funding to ensure all designated hubs receive the support needed to thrive.

Funded tech hubs include:
- $41 million for Elevate Quantum Tech Hub (CO, NM)
- $41 million for Headwaters Hub (MT)
- $51 million for Heartland BioWorks (IN)
- $51 million for iFAB Tech Hub (IL)
- $21 million for Nevada Tech Hub
- $40 million for NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub (NY)
- $44 million for ReGen Valley Tech Hub (NH)
- $45 million for SC Nexus for Advanced Resilient Energy (SC, GA)
- $19 million for South Florida...

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Upcoming Webinar: Strategies and Insights into Evaluation Plans for NSF ATE Proposals

This webinar will provide a comprehensive understanding of crafting effective evaluation plans for NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) proposals. Attendees will gain insights into the essential elements of an evaluation plan and learn how to integrate evaluation throughout their proposals. The session will cover practical strategies for writing evaluation questions, identifying evaluation indicators, and developing evaluation data matrixes. Additionally, participants will receive valuable resources to help create a clear and compelling evaluation section.

The webinar features Lyssa Wilson Becho, the Director and Principal Investigator at EvaluATE. With a Ph.D. in evaluation and over eight years of experience, Lyssa leads training efforts, including webinars and workshops, and fosters a vibrant evaluation community. Her expertise will guide attendees through the intricacies of NSF ATE proposal evaluations, providing both non-evaluators and seasoned evaluators with practical advice and tools.

Designed to benefit anyone involved in NSF grant proposals, this webinar offers valuable insights for those new to the process as well as those looking to refine their skills. It...

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