ATE Central

What is ATE?

With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE (Advanced Technological Education) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

ATE Centers and Projects

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Webinar: Walking the NSF Budgeting Walk: NSF ATE Proposal Budget and Budget Justification


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The purpose of this webinar is to help those who have not been funded by NSF to develop fundable proposals. Topics include how to prepare a budget for your NSF ATE grant, what to include in each budget category, how to prepare a budget justification, how to align the budget and project description, and how to avoid common errors.

This event will take place on Mar 17, 2021  at 1:00 pm ET. Those interested in participating should register to attend.

Scott Wright Student Essay Contest 2021 Deadline


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Held in honor of former Community College Week editor Scott Wright, this annual essay contest asks participants to complete a 500-word essay on "a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged them to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college and how that encouragement helped them reach their goal(s)."

Three students will be selected as winners, with both the authors and featured individual receiving $1,000 checks. The student winners will also gain a complimentary 2021-2022 NISOD membership and be featured on NISOD's website. Essays will be evaluated on the basis of content, originality, clarity, organization, conciseness, and grammar.

Those interested in participating should submit by the March 12 deadline.

Webinar: Selecting Instructional Media: Considerations, Examples, and Resources


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The market for instructional media (examples - technology tools, environments, etc.) is very saturated. This webinar will discuss the importance of selecting appropriate media in your instructional process. We will look at example situations and discuss the rationale for selecting appropriate tools.

The event will take place on Feb 23, 2021 at 02:00 pm ET. Those interested in participating should register to attend.

2021 STEM For All Video Showcase


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This year's STEM For All Video Showcase invites participants to "share your federally funded project to improve STEM & CS education by submitting a 3-minute video. Discuss it online with researchers, educators, policy makers and the public." The event will center on the theme STEM for All: COVID, Equity & Social Justice.

The event will take place online between May 11-18, 2021. Those interested in participating should register by February 12. Then, presenters must submit a video by April 15.

AAAS Annual Meeting


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This year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting will convene online February 8-11.

The event will feature a variety of scientific sessions, topical lectures, and plenary lectures, as well as workshops on topics such as advocacy and career development. As of January 19, attendees can also access "a video library of pre-recorded Spotlight Videos." The event will include an exchange space for networking. A full program is available on the conference website.

Those interested in participating should register to attend.