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.

The National Cyber Summit [POSTPONED]
Jun 2 Huntsville, AL
Preparing the Drone Workforce Session 1
Jun 3
All Girls Intro EV3 Robotics Camp...
Jun 8 Tampa, FL
BIO Digital
Jun 8
Summer 2020 Acoustic... [POSTPONED]
Jun 8 Dayton, OH
GeoEd 20 Conference
Jun 9
Addressing Questions on ATE Grants Mgmt...
Jun 10
Preparing the Drone Workforce Session 2
Jun 10
NSF Grant Writing Workshop
Jun 15
Intro EV3 Robotics Camp (Middle School)
Jun 15 Tampa, FL
Summer 2020 Electric Guitar... [CANCELLED]
Jun 15 San Antonio, TX
ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, UAS & Earth...
Jun 17
Drone Tech Unmanned Aircraft Systems...
Jun 17
Preparing the Drone Workforce Session 3
Jun 17
Comprehensive Workforce Solutions...
Jun 18
Intermediate EV3 Robotics Camp (All)
Jun 22 Tampa, FL
Summer 2020 CNC Institutes [CANCELLED]
Jun 22 Kankakee, IL
Preparing the Drone Workforce Session 4
Jun 24
Delaware STEM Educator Energy Institute
Jun 30 Dover, DE
Engineering Technology Camp (High School...
Jul 6 Tampa, FL
Wisconsin STEM Educator Solar Institute
Jul 7 Madison, WI
2020 CSTA Annual Conference
Jul 11
Presidents Academy Summer Institute
Jul 11 Dana Point, CA
Underwater Robotics and Engineering...
Jul 12 Monterey, CA
Underwater Robotics and Engineering...
Jul 12 Monterey, CA
Underwater Robotics and Engineering...
Jul 12 Monterey, CA
Conference of the Association on Higher...
Jul 20 Palm Desert, CA
Summer 2020 Acoustic Institutes
Jul 20 San Diego, CA
Summer 2020 Electric Guitar... [CANCELLED]
Jul 20 Enfield, CT
Illinois STEM Educator Wind Energy...
Jul 21 Normal, IL
High Impact Technology Exchange...
Jul 27
Summer 2020 Electric Guitar Institutes
Jul 27 Perkasie, PA
ESA Annual Meeting
Aug 3
Summer 2020 CNC Institutes
Aug 3 Grants Pass, OR
Taking Your Drone to School
Aug 3 Thief River Falls, MN
Working with Remote Sensing Imagery
Aug 4
DroneTECH Summer Camp
Aug 6 Thief River Falls, MN
Washington STEM Educator... [CANCELLED]
Aug 11 Shoreline, WA
Career Success Skills
Aug 27
Impact Conference
Aug 31 Chantilly, VA

ATE Centers and Projects

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Webinar: ATE Community Support – Addressing Questions on ATE Grants Management During COVID-19

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes that there is much uncertainty among ATE grantees regarding how to start or to proceed with your ATE projects during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This webinar is designed to address commonly asked grant management questions to assist the ATE community and will cover such topics as no-cost extensions; supplemental funding requests; changes in project objectives, deliverables, timeline, and scope; budget adjustments; evaluation plans; and annual reporting.

Conducted in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, Mentor-Connect, and ATE Central, the webinar will feature an opportunity to hear from experienced PIs and from NSF lead ATE program director, V. Celeste Carter. To further support the ATE community, the webinar will be followed by an ATE Central Office Hours, via Zoom, for an opportunity to interact directly with presenters and NSF program directors to continue the discussion.

This webinar runs Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT. Those interested in attending should register to participate in advance.

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STEM for All: The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) Showcases Their Work

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The National Center for Autonomous Technologies is participating in the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase: Learning from Research and Practice. This showcase is in its sixth year and features over 170 federally funded innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching. This is a week-long event (May 5-12) where researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short (3-minute or less) videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.

NCAT’s video “The Future Workforce Begins with a Spark” demonstrates cultivating imagination fueled with fascination, highlighting that innovation requires curiosity-based drive and diverse perspectives and ideas. That is why NCAT believes in student competitions and STEM engagement to inspire students. They strive to open doors for people, leading to a better society and an incredible future. NCAT’s video can be viewed in the showcase using the link above.

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Important HI-TEC 2020 Update

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In case you haven't seen the news yet, the HI-TEC 2020 face-to-face conference has been canceled. As a service to the HI-TEC community and as a way for the community to gather and share, work is underway to provide an abbreviated virtual experience in July, HI-TEC Livestream, as well as provide an opportunity for accepted presenters to disseminate their work asynchronously, should they choose to do so. HI-TEC Livestream will focus on our community's response to the challenges of COVID-19—especially solutions and successes that have grown out of moving our work and instruction online—and on emergent technician workforce needs that have resulted or may result from the pandemic. 

If you registered and paid online, go to the registration page for more information and check the HI-TEC conference website often for updates. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email the HI-TEC team at

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NISOD Webinar: Alternative Avenues for Non-Traditional Students

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Prior learning assessment (PLA) is a powerful tool for engaging non-traditional students. The task of evaluating requests for prior learning credit often falls to faculty members in community college settings. Some faculty doubt PLA because it removes students from seats in the classroom. Others aren’t sure what to say, or if they should say anything, when they identify a student whose prior work or learning experience may qualify them for PLA. This webinar demonstrates how to use PLA as a tool for building relationships with non-traditional students who are harder to engage, ensuring students are seated in future courses, and adding to successful graduate and completion numbers.

This webinar assists participants in understanding the long-term personal and institutional value of prior learning assessment. After this webinar, participants will be able to identify potential PLA candidates, develop a referral plan, and build their own methods of evaluation to determine if a student should or should not receive credit.

Susan Peek has been a Success Coach and Prior Learning Specialist at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama for almost seven years and has worked...

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AACC Report: Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit Proceedings

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The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is pleased to announce that the Community College URE Summit Proceedings Report and the report Executive Summary are now available on AACC’s website, along with additional summit resources. To view the report and resources, please go to:

In November 2019, 120 thought leaders, representing community colleges, four-year institutions and higher education organizations, met in Washington D.C. to discuss the role of community colleges in building, implementing, and sustaining undergraduate research experiences (URES) in STEM education and for career preparations. This report highlights the key recommendations and promising practices that came out of those discussions. 

The report and its resulting activities are intended to help expand support for building, strengthening, and expanding UREs at community colleges. ATE community members are encouraged to review the report and to share it with their networks and stakeholders.

The report is also featured in an April 13 Community College Daily article, “Sharing Ideas on Student Research Experiences.”

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