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.

2022 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference


December 5 St. Louis, MO

The Annual NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference, supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), and hosted by iKeepSafe, features timely and thought-provoking presentations that highlight effective collaborations, bold experiments and innovations, and other potentially game-changing methods in support of growing the cybersecurity workforce. Attendees include training and educational leaders from academia, business, and government for two days of focused keynotes, panels, concurrent sessions, and discussions in support of the NICE Strategic Plan.

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Automotive News Conference


December 5 Detroit, MI

During this conference, industry leaders will come together to share stories, strategies, and key takeaways around why and how they are partnering for sustainable success. 

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End-of-Life: A New Beginning in Automotive


December 6 Online

In this free, 60-minute webinar, Jamie Zinser and Derek Prichett of Novelis explain how automakers can use collection and sorting technologies to reduce energy consumption and increase their recycled content in vehicles, thereby reducing their overall CO2 manufacturing footprint.

The experts also discuss the three main levers helping to take automotive material circularity to the next level.

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CalFlexHub Symposium


December 6 Online

Come connect with CalFlexHub’s ecosystem of multidisciplinary team of experts from many sectors—including state agencies, industry, utilities, academia, manufacturers, and non-profits—for the first annual CalFlexHub Symposium! This year’s Symposium will showcase CalFlexHub’s innovators and portfolio of projects, amplify solution-centered conversations with government and industry leaders in the space, and provide deep-dive opportunities for attendee collaboration and networking.

CalFlexHub is administered by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and is funded by the California Energy Commission through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program.

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The Intersection of Future Planning and Special Education Transition Planning


December 7 Online

Planning for the future is a crucial process for individuals and families as they plan for secure and fulfilling futures for and with their loved one with a disability. While creating a future plan often seems inaccessible or challenging for families, it is possible and necessary to create a person-centered plan to document the wants, needs, and available resources for an individual with a disability. The post-secondary school transition process serves as a great example of a necessary student-centered future planning process. In this webinar, attendees will learn about how Special Education transition planning fits into the broader idea of future planning. Attendees will gain insight into approaches for effective transition planning for students with IEPs as well as considerations for families, educators, and support professionals as they collaborate with the student during the transition planning process. 

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Design and Simulation of Sustainable, High-Performance Thermal Systems


December 13 Online

OEMs today need to navigate multiple regulatory, commercial, technical, and environmental challenges while developing their thermal systems. These challenges are expected to grow through the decade, and traditional development processes will be inadequate to overcome them. This 60-minute Webinar will explore a modeling and simulation approach to thermal systems development that aims to address current and future needs.

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The User Experience Threshold – Unlocking Mass EV Adoption


December 14 Online

In almost every market category, mass EV adoption is lagging behind expectations. While government mandates might increasingly force the issue, widespread preference for EVs can be accelerated by a focus on superior experiences.

In this free, 60-minute webinar, CEO Chris Rockwell will share Lextant’s Experience Adoption Threshold and how, as an industry, we can design experiences to facilitate the EV future.

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Dronetech Aerial Drone Competition

Student Event

December 17 Thief River Falls, MN

The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) and Northland Community and Technical College is excited to host the RADC 2021-22 Challenge: Blackout! NCAT is located at the Northland Aerospace campus in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. 

Doors will open at 7:30 AM with team check-in beginning at 8:00 AM. Teams that have not checked in 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the qualifying matches will be dropped from the roster to allow for the match list to be run. Teams running late should contact the Event Partner prior to the 30 minute cutoff to avoid being dropped. Organizers anticipate that the event will conclude no later than 4:00 PM. 

Tournament 1: November 5, 2022
Tournament 2: December 17, 2022 

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BEST Center's Annual Institute


January 4 Online

Co-hosted by BEST Center and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), the 2023 Annual Institute is the premier event to build on your knowledge and practice of high-performance building operations. This year's theme is Advancing Building Decarbonization: Policies, Technologies, and Workforce Education. 

There will be many presentations and small roundtable discussions looking at the worlds of policy, research, industry, and education in order to:

  1. Develop strategies for reducing our building operations carbon footprint while maintaining occupant comfort and health
  2. Instruct and improve the technician workforce to support decarbonization and energy conservation goals.

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GEO Week 2023


February 13 Denver, CO

Geo Week is the premier event for increased integration between the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies, bringing together former stand-alone events:

  • AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference 
  • International Lidar Mapping Forum
  • SPAR 3D Expo & Conference,
  • ASPRS Annual Conference 

Geo Week was created as a response to the changing needs of built world and geospatial professionals, and to acknowledge the convergence of technology taking place currently. New technological innovations, the need for remote workflows, and hardware breakthroughs are redefining expectations across teams, organizations, and entire industries. Geo Week is at the center of it all. 

The latest updates, case studies, ideas, and predictions from a variety of experts: innovators, end-users, regulators, and more. What trends and technologies do they see coming? What new challenges and opportunities lie ahead? How can you and your organization prepare, anticipate, and benefit in a rapidly evolving environment?

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2023 Women in Aviation International Conference


February 23 Long Beach, CA

Mark your calendar for the 2023 Women in Aviation International Conference. You won't want to miss the inspiring keynote speakers, professional development seminars, education sessions, exhibit hall, scholarship awards, and 2023 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductions. There's no better place to be inspired, share your enthusiasm, and connect with others who share your passion for the aviation industry.

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Texas Public Safety Robotics Summit 2023


March 6 Burnet, TX

This four-day summit, hosted by Granite Defense Technologies, showcases the use of emergency response robotics (air/ground/water) in public safety via presentations and field demonstrations from industry-leading vendors, scenario based, hands-on training provided by fellow public safety personnel.

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2023 Aviation Maintenance Technician Conference


March 13 Brooklyn Center, MN

This conference is for aviation maintenance technicians, IA's, industry employers, aviation vendors, students, and you! The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be onsite to validate your IA certification training.

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ATE Projects and Centers

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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 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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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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Learning Unit Description:

Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training (iGETT) presents a series of Learning Units (LU) designed to incorporate federal land remote sensing data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) instruction. This LU focuses on what likely caused the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, a conflict between farmers needing water for their crops and nomads needing water for their cattle during droughts that may signal the onset of regional desertification. During this LU students analyze data from the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and examine it along with rainfall totals. MODIS imagery will be used in the lesson. The learning objectives and outcomes for this learning unit are: 

  • Describe remote sensing and how NDVI analysis it is used.
  • Explain the geographic method along with its similarities and differences with the scientific method.
  • Understand the causes of drought and desertification, specifically in Darfur, Sudan.
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Module Description:

This Cross-Linked Polymers module was created by the Center for Nanotechnology Education (Nano-Link). "This module allows students to investigate forces and interactions at the molecular scale by mixing different liquids with a cross-linked polymer." Science concepts covered in this module include electrostatic interactions, polymers, and molecular charge distribution (uniform and non-uniform). "Forces that act at the nanometer scale lead to observable macroscopic phenomena" is the main nanoscience concept covered in the module. Student outcomes of the module include gaining "... an appreciation and understanding of how different molecules have different charge densities or charge configurations and how those differenced result in different interactions with the polymer. The polymer/fluid system [will] have different physical attributes dependent upon the fluid."

Module Contents:

This module includes a lesson guide, video, PowerPoint presentation, and more....

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New Initiative Attracts Community College Transfer Students

A new effort to increase the number of community college students transferring to some of America’s most elite colleges and universities was launched today, focused in particular on increasing enrollment by students from lower-income backgrounds and communities of color.

The Transfer Scholars Network (TSN), supported by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, brings together community colleges and four-year colleges in an attempt to open a new pipeline for transfer students. Over the course of the past 18-month pilot, the TSN has shown great results.  The preliminary results show: 

  • More than a third of the 372 TSN students applied to the four-year institutions in the network.
  • After the admissions cycle in Spring 2022, at least 20 percent of TSN students who applied to four-year partner colleges received offers of admission, greater than the average admission rate of 15.6 percent at these schools.
  • At least two-thirds of students receiving offers of admission enrolled at one of the partner colleges.
  • Dozens of additional TSN students have enrolled at other high-graduation-rate colleges across the country.

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Call for Submissions: AAAS-IUSE

American Association from the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is looking for submissions for the 2023 year as part of their  AAAS-Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Initiative. The call is open for blog authors and workshop presenters, and the deadline is December 1st. 

The AAAS-Improving Undergraduate STEM Education initiative supports faculty, students, and the greater undergraduate STEM education community by disseminating research and knowledge about STEM teaching, learning, equity and institutional transformation.

The 2023 AAAS-IUSE blog is dedicated to promoting research on inclusive STEM ecosystems for faculty, students, and the greater undergraduate community. Authors should focus on the implications of their work, how studies, strategies, and examples can serve as a model for others, and identifying opportunities, barriers, and questions surrounding these strategies.

The AAAS-IUSE workshops serve as a space to learn, meet, and collaborate with faculty, researchers, and professionals working to improve undergraduate STEM education. Furthermore, these workshops aim to encourage and empower participants to take action toward improving undergraduate STEM education....

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Call for Abstracts: AACC 2023

The American Association of Community Colleges is now accepting abstract submissions for consideration for inclusion on the agenda for 2023 AACC Annual. The deadline to submit abstracts is November 15, by 4:59 p.m. Eastern.

AACC Annual is the premier event for community college leaders. The meeting offers professional development as well as the opportunity to network, share, and learn from professionals in the fields of education, business and industry, and the government sector. 

Read the guidelines under the "Abstract Details" tab to learn more about the types of abstracts the AACC is looking for: 

  • Must be employed by an educational associate, corporate partner, or institutional member of AACC
  • No more than three presenters on each session
  • Keep a copy of the submission for your records (AACC is unable to provide copies of abstracts once submitted)

Read more and submit an abstract through the AACC's website! More information on the conference can be found on the AACC Annual website.

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New Report: Student Mental Health and Support

A new report from the Mary Christie Institute, a think tank concerned with the emotional and behavioral health of young adults, suggests that student-led and peer-to-peer programs are instrumental in mental health wellness. Through surveys and cases studies, the organization looked at how students drive mental health programs in colleges and universities. 

The report states,"It is well documented that, when in distress, students will turn first to each other, making it incumbent on colleges and universities to respond to this inclination with training and support. With modalities that are targeted to students along the behavioral health continuum, peer support has the potential to help all students on campus with a range of issues that impact their ability to thrive."

The report goes on to cover the history and recent literature on student-led mental health programs, and provides options for college campuses on implementing programs. Read more of the full report here.  

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