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.

Project Access Workshop
Jan 18 Jacksonville, FL
Writing in the Disciplines Workshop
Jan 19 Jacksonville, FL
Project Access Workshop, North Campus
Jan 22 Jacksonville, FL
CareerTech Teacher Academy Session 2
Jan 24 Oklahoma City, OK
Writing in the Disciplines Workshop,...
Jan 25 Jacksonville, FL
2030: Building a Diverse Cybersecurity...
Jan 25
SPIE Photonics West 2018
Jan 27 San Francisco, CA
AACC Workforce Development Institute...
Jan 30 New Orleans, LA
Taking Stock and Planning for Success
Feb 6
Recruiting Students for Photonics...
Feb 7
Project Access Workshop, South Campus
Feb 9 Jacksonville, FL
Intro to Nanotech for Educators
Feb 9
Writing in the Disciplines Workshop,...
Feb 13 Jacksonville, FL
AI Apps to Driver Assistance and Vehicle...
Feb 15 Livonia, MI
AAAS Annual Meeting
Feb 15 Austin, Texas
Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - EWE...
Mar 4 Lancaster, PA
SXSW EDU 2018 Conference & Festival
Mar 5 Austin, TX
LAK 18
Mar 5 Austrailia
Re-visiting Your Sustainability Goals in...
Mar 6
Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - St....
Mar 13 St Charles, MO
NSTA 2018 National Conference
Mar 15 Atlanta, GA
NSTA National Conference
Mar 15 Atlanta, GA
Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - OH 2018
Mar 17 Geneva, OH
League for Innovation Convention
Mar 18 Oxon Hill, MD
ACTE Region IV Conference
Apr 3 Albuquerque, NM
14th Annual Worthington Regional Bio...
Apr 4 Worthington, MN
Nano Curriculum Materials Workshop I
Apr 6
Succession Planning: How to Build a Plan...
Apr 10
MATA Conference
Apr 12 Lansing, MI
2018 Annual AERA Meeting
Apr 13 New York City, NY
ACM CHI Conference
Apr 21 Canada
AACC Annual Convention 2018
Apr 28 Dallas, TX
Nano Curriculum Materials Workshop II
May 11
2018 BIO International Convention
Jun 4 Boston, Massachusetts
2018 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum
Jun 4 Berkeley, CA
ASEE Annual Conference 2018
Jun 24 Salt Lake City, UT
Summer Energy Educator Series (SEES)
Jun 25 Eugene, OR
WI STEM Educator Solar Institute
Jul 10 Madison, WI
NREL Renewable Energy Institute for...
Jul 16 Golden, CO
High Impact Technology Exchange...
Jul 23 Miami, FL

ATE Centers and Projects

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Charting a New Path to Success

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The Guided Pathways Project, which is an endeavor implemented by the American Association of Community Colleges and is supported by a number of organizations around the country, is scheduled to begin at 30 campuses in the U.S. in time for the fall 2018 semester. The project is described as, “a fundamental reordering of how colleges have been doing business for a generation or more, involving substantial changes to a college’s programs, services, business processes, and policies.”

The Guided Pathways Project, which began in 2015, is hoped to be a conduit for increased training, materials, and models in helping students organize and figure out their end-goals with support from their college.

Read the full report on Community College Week’s website.

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National Science Foundation Hosting the 2018 Community College Innovation Challenge

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For the fourth year in a row, the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) are hosting the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). The CCIC is a two-stage competition for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community college students and faculty to create innovative solutions to real-world problems. Teams compete for cash awards and finalists earn full travel support, for both students and faculty, to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, D.C. This competition is a great way to create a deeper level of engagement and interaction between students and faculty mentors and an effective route to establishing productive relationships with the NSF and the AACC. Entry details are as follows:

  • Must include 3-5 students per team
  • Teams must have a faculty mentor (from your college)
  • Teams must have an industry partner (outside your college)
  • Entries must include a written portion and a 90-second video
  • Submit from Oct. 18, 2017, to Feb. 14, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Must attend Innovation Boot Camp, required for student finalists and their faculty mentor, in Alexandria, Virginia, June 11, 2018, to June 14,...
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  • government
  • science
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STEM for All Video Showcase

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If you are engaged in a federally-funded project to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and computer science education, you are invited to submit a video to the STEM for All Video Showcase and discuss it with researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the general public during an interactive week-long event.

Videos that address any of the following are invited:
  • Partnerships that advance education
  • Broadening participation & access to high quality STEM experiences
  • Innovative practices transforming education
  • Research informing STEM learning and teaching
If you are not intending to present a video this year, please save the dates anyway!  Your participation viewing the videos, discussing them with presenters, and voting for your favorites is very welcome.
Important Dates
Interactive Event: May 14-21, 2018 
Presenter Registration Deadline: Feb 15, 2018 
Video Submission Deadline: Apr 25, 2018

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  • science
  • technology

Nominate a Project for the 2018-19 ATE Impacts Book!

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The newest version of the very popular ATE Impacts Book will be published in 2018 and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ATE program, as well as highlighting the amazing work of the ATE community.  And, along with providing information about the ATE centers, this next version of the publication will also include information about 24 ATE projects and their impacts.

How will the featured projects be chosen?  We're glad you asked!

We are currently accepting nominations for projects from the community–this means that you can nominate yourself or another project that you think is doing innovative and exemplary work.  Please download a copy of the ATE Impacts Project Nomination Form that explains what we need in order to consider a project for inclusion in the 2018-19 book.  Please fill out the nomination form and return it to us (along with the required materials) by October 13th at Please keep in mind that in order to be included, nominated projects must be funded through at least part of 2018.

So put your thinking caps on and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions – email us at

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  • technology

Free ATE Central Digital Archiving Webinar

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Please sign up now and join ATE Central for a free webinar designed to help ATE grantees and others understand the importance of digital archiving for the ATE community. On September 19, 2017 at 2pm EDT, ATE Central's Kendra Bouda and Rachael Bower will discuss what digital archiving is, why archiving benefits ATE, and how ATE Central can help with your project or center’s archiving efforts. Whether you’re just getting started with ATE and want to learn how to meet the new NSF ATE archiving requirement or you've been part of the community for a while, join us to learn more about sustaining and sharing your project deliverables beyond the life of your ATE funding.