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.

2023 NICE Conference


June 5 Seattle, WA

The NICE Conference is the annual convening of community members and thought leaders from education, government, industry, and non-profits to explore ways of developing a skilled cybersecurity workforce ready to meet the challenges of the future. This event provides an opportunity to share best practices from around the world and across sectors in order to build the workforce we need to confront cybersecurity risks today and in years to come.

This event is hosted by Florida International University and New America, supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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BIO International Convention


June 5 Boston, MA

The BIO International Convention attracts 14,000+ biotechnology and pharma leaders for one week of intensive networking to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships.

Innovative programming around the current and future state of biotech. Including areas like therapeutic frontiers, the business of biotech, regulatory and policy outlooks, and human capital.

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Weld-Ed Summer Training: NDT


June 5 Chattanooga, TN

The Non-Destructive Testing Module covers methodology to detect common metal defects and failure mechanisms, such as cracking and corrosion by utilizing different detection methods such as radiographic inspection, ultrasonic inspection and magnetic particle inspection.

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: These courses will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance by the National Center for Welding Education and Training worth up to 40 professional development hours, 4 CEUs.

Participants are responsible for travel and all other meals.  There’s a maximum of 20 participants per location. If course enrollment is less than 7, the course will be cancelled with full refund of registration fee.

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University of Minnesota: Micro Nanotechnology Health and Safety Course 2023


June 5 Minneapolis, MN

This summer MNT-EC is again offering a four-day workshop in partnership with the University of Minnesota – Environmental Health Sciences Division. Topics currently planned for each day:

  1. Occupational Hygiene Principles Applied to MNT
  2. Measurement of Airborne and Colloidal MNT Particles
  3. Preventing Exposures to MNT Particles
  4. Practical Applications of MNT Health and Safety Principles

Offered by the University’s Environmental Health Sciences Division and its Nano Center, the MNT Health and Safety workshop will cover safety practices in the instructional laboratory, including understanding micro/nanoparticle properties, selecting and using personal protective equipment, and safely carrying out chemical syntheses of nanomaterials.

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NSF Virtual Grants Conference


June 5 Online

Join the National Science Foundation for the Spring 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference, to be held during the week of June 5, 2023.  Just like the in-person grants conferences, the NSF Virtual Grants Conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers and administrators.

Highlights include:

  • New programs and initiatives
  • Proposal preparation 
  • NSF’s merit review process 
  • NSF directorate sessions 
  • Award management topics 
  • Conflict of interest policies 
  • NSF systems updates 

The NSF Grants Conference is designed to give new faculty, researchers, and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF staff will provide up-to-date information about policies and procedures, specific funding opportunities and answer attendee questions.

Registration will open on Wednesday, May 10 at 12PM ET.

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BEST Center BAS Workshop XII


June 6 Omaha, NE

As the national effort to improve building performance intensifies, the use of BAS capabilities for equipment problem detection and troubleshooting and system optimization is critical. Building technicians use BAS to identify, diagnose, and resolve problems. In the BAS Summer workshop, you will practice the skills and techniques used by technicians in the field and develop lesson plans for your own students at your home college.

Working in teams, you will use the Building Automation System and troubleshooting skills to detect and resolve mechanical system problems

  • Intro to Using BAS for Troubleshooting 
    • Use BAS to detect and troubleshoot problems with an underperforming RTU.
  • Lesson Plan Development
    • Develop a customized lesson plan applying BAS to troubleshoot equipment at your home college lab.
  • Advanced BAS Troubleshooting
    • Use BAS to detect and troubleshoot a malfunctioning VAV system

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Auto Tech: Detroit


June 7 Novi, MI

This conference will bring together the full automotive tech industry to immerse attendees in the future of automotive, by showcasing the newest tech and the latest vehicles. 

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7th Annual Energy Drone & Robotics Summit


June 12 The Woodlands, TX

The Energy Drone & Robotics Summit is the largest event in the world for UAVs, Robotics & Data/AI/ML, exclusively focused on the business and technology of unmanned systems, automation and data/AI in energy & industrial operations. 

Over the last 5 years, it has grown to the most 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. 

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GenCyber Student Academy

Student Event

June 12 Prestonsburg, KY

The Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) will host a 5-day GenCyber Student Academy for high school students in the BSCTC service area. The BSCTC service area includes Johnson, Floyd, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike counties in eastern Kentucky. The academy's funding will be provided jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) through an award received by Big Sandy Community & Technical College. The GenCyber Student Academy is free of charge for participants.

Experienced high school and college faculty will lead students through lessons and interactive cybersecurity activities throughout the 5-day program scheduled for June 12-16, 2023. The program will focus on cybersecurity concepts and cover topics including online safety, forensics, hardware, operating systems, programming, networking, cryptography, 3D printing, and computer careers.

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Immersive Learning Bootcamp


June 12 St Cloud, MN

At this bootcamp, learn about Immersive Technology such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and more. Learn about how to implement Immersive Technology in your own classroom settings. Learn what equipment and software are utilized. Interact with other faculty from a number of participating colleges.

The Immersive Learning Bootcamp will be spread out over the course of ten days in two locations. The first five days will be in-person at St Cloud Technical & Community College in St Cloud, MN. The next five days will take place remotely over Zoom. (Dates to be announced.)

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(ISC)2 CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional


June 12 Online

Earning the CISSP proves you have what it takes to effectively design, implement, and manage a best-in-class cybersecurity program. With a CISSP, you validate your expertise and become an (ISC)² member, unlocking a broad array of exclusive resources, educational tools, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

This course provides all student materials, flash cards and the CISSP CBK. As an (ISC)² Global Academic Program (GAP) Member, CSSIA will be offering the CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) training. This training course will review and refresh your information security knowledge and help identify areas you may need to study for the CISSP exam. The CISSP exam tests one’s competence in the ten CISSP domains of the (ISC)² CBK, which cover critical topics in security today, including risk management, cloud computing, mobile security, application development security and more; it is one of the most sought-after certifications in today’s information security industry. Instruction will also utilize labs developed that align with the NSA Knowledge Units.

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Weld-Ed Summer Training: Joining and Cutting Processes


June 12 East Peoria, IL

"Joining and Cutting Processes” course covers the basics and principles of major joining and cutting processes. Advantages, disadvantages, equipment, consumables, techniques and variables for each process are discussed. Applications, criteria for consumable selection and how to establish process parameters are emphasized. Laboratory work involves equipment set up and operating of the welding and cutting equipment for specific applications.

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: These courses will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance by the National Center for Welding Education and Training worth up to 40 professional development hours, 4 CEUs.

Participants are responsible for travel and all other meals.  There’s a maximum of 20 participants per location. If course enrollment is less than 7, the course will be cancelled with full refund of registration fee.

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AIAA Aviation Forum


June 12 San Diego, CA

AIAA AVIATION Forum is the only aviation event that covers the entire integrated spectrum of aviation business, research, development, and technology. 

The first Age of Aviation proved that human flight was possible and developed aviation into a safe and viable transportation industry. The second Age of Aviation started with the development of the jet engine, which enabled higher speeds, improved safety, and paved the way for air travel accessibility for all. The next Age of Aviation will separate power from propulsion in conjunction with specialized materials and modern avionics and software to enable unique mission-specific aircraft, enhance people’s connectivity, and fully elevate human activity while reducing its environmental footprint.

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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 Wind Power Virtual Field Trip

The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides this document as a guide to a wind power virtual field trip. The document may be used in conjunction with a presentation on wind energy. Slides and links to relevant videos are included in the document. Topics highlighted include the construction of a clipper wind turbine, commissioning a turbine, defining a wind turbine, and more.

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Screenshot for Autism & College: Autistic Culture, UDL, and Student Voices

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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Screenshot for Bridging the Skills Gap in Smart Manufacturing Promotional Materials, 2021-2022

This collection, published by Marion Technical College, provides promotional materials for the 2021 and 2022 Smart Manufacturing Summer Camps. This 3-day program, located at Marion Technical College's campus, engaged students from ages 12 to 18 in introductory Smart Manufacturing topics. The program introduced students to the internet of things, taught beginner Python, provided hands-on activities, and gave tours of the campus' engineering labs. This summer camp is part of a program that aims to recruit students into Smart Manufacturing industries. 

The 2021 collection is composed of an informational flyer, survey, and promotional video. The flyer provides information on the date, time, location, and registration process for the program. The flyer also highlights the curriculum. The 3-page survey inquires about participants' ages, experiences with the summer camp, and suggestions for the program. The promotional video provides highlights of lectures, workshops, and tours. The video...

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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 covers the use of GIS to detect land change in Nueces County, Corpus Christi, Texas and in particular a region of interest around Oso Bay. During this lesson students will use satellite remote sensing images and orthoimagery to: 1) identify areas of land cover change and 2) develop reclassification techniques for both land use and cover. The lesson will enable students to analyze and interpret the significance and consequences of land cover change through space based remote sensing observations.

This iGETT Learning Unit is intended to take 15-20 hours of classroom instruction over a 3-4 week period. Students should spend a total of about 6 hours on homework (dependent on grade and skill levels). All LUs are intended for students...

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Screenshot for STEM Guitar: Modular Learning Activities

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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Upcoming Webinars: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The deadline for The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is approaching and NSF and AAAS are offering proposal preparation webinars. Interested candidates are encouraged to watch the webinars on the NOYCE website. Webinars include: 

  • May 25, 1:00-2:00 pm EDT / Noyce Track 1: Scholarships & Stipends and Capacity Building
  • June 1, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT / IUSE with focus on preservice teacher education
  • June 6, 1:00-2:00 pm EDT / Noyce Track 2: Teaching Fellowships, Track 3: Master Teaching Fellowships, and Capacity Building
  • June 7, 3:30-4:30 EDT / Noyce Research Experiences in STEM Settings
  • June 8, 1:00-2:00 pm / Noyce Track 4: Research and Capacity Building

Established with the goal of addressing the critical shortage of highly qualified STEM teachers in schools across the country, the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in STEM disciplines, as well as professionals transitioning to teaching careers. By providing scholarships, internships, and mentoring opportunities, the program aims to attract and retain talented individuals who can inspire the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. ...

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Upcoming Conference: NICE 2023 in Seattle, WA

The upcoming NICE Conference 2023, is set to take place in Seattle, Washington on June 5-7, 2023. The conference, organized by the National Innovation and Creativity Enterprise (NICE), is expected to attract an array of innovators, industry leaders, and thinkers from across the globe. From technology and healthcare to sustainability and entrepreneurship, the NICE Conference 2023 will delve into a wide range of topics, offering valuable insights and inspiring new perspectives.

One of the highly anticipated speakers at the conference is Dr. Elizabeth Kolmstetter, the Chief People Officer at Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). NICE will also feature engaging panel discussions and interactive workshops, providing a platform for attendees to actively participate and exchange ideas. These sessions encourage dialogue, foster collaborations, and nurture the spirit of innovation. Participants will have the opportunity to network with fellow innovators, share their own insights, and forge connections.

Learn more about the conference's agenda and speakers on their website. Note that registration is now closed. 

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Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Topics for Workforce Development

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on future topics for workforce development in emerging technology career pathways. The NSF Directorates for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) and STEM Education (EDU) are specifically seeking input from various stakeholders including non-profit organizations, philanthropies, industry, government agencies, educational institutions, and other communities of practice. The goal is to gather diverse perspectives on opportunities and challenges in creating flexible and seamless STEM pathways in emerging technological areas.

While this RFI does not invite research proposals or offer funding opportunities, the collected input will be used to inform and shape future NSF investments and programs. The NSF aims to address the need for a highly skilled domestic workforce capable of supporting innovation in critical and emerging technologies such as advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and more.

The RFI highlights the importance of increasing the representation of domestic students in STEM disciplines, particularly in fields leading to emerging technology...

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New Report: Community College Transfers Decline

A new article from the Associated Press dives into the benefits of attending community college and transferring to a four-year university to earn a bachelor's degree. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, community college transfer students make up nearly half of all bachelor's degree earners.

The article highlights the cost savings of attending community college, as tuition is typically lower than at four-year universities. Additionally, students can complete their general education requirements in a smaller and more supportive environment, potentially leading to higher grades and a smoother transition to a four-year institution.

The article also notes that community college transfer students often perform as well as, or even better than, students who start at a four-year university. It encourages students to consider community college as a valuable option for their education and to take advantage of transfer agreements between community colleges and four-year universities.

However, as the article emphasizes, students should consider all options when pursuing higher education.

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