NCAT National Center for Autonomous Technologies
Think Autonomous
October 2020

NCAT leads the education of the nation's autonomous technologies workforce through a concerted effort focusing on expanding educational resources to address current workforce demands, developing career pathways, and broadly engaging stakeholders from education, government, and related ATE centers and projects.

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Upcoming Events
Autonomous Sensors Event
Autonomous Vehicle Technology Sensors
Air | Land | Sea
October 15-16, 2020

This virtual workshop is designed to deliver a primer on the sensor technologies that are impacting the aerospace, automotive, heavy equipment and marine technologies industries. Through hands-on experience and discussion, we will cover industry trends and the future impact of advanced technology integration resulting from autonomous technologies. Attendees will be prepared to use this technology in their classroom using portable, cost-efficient experimentation and exercises. 

Attendees will be provided virtual reality headsets and controls for this workshop.

*Workshop is at max capacity 

UAS Summit & Expo
2020 Virtual UAS Summit & Expo
Student Broadcasting and "Drone Dollars" Program
October 28-29, 2020

The 2020 UAS Summit & Expo will be virtual this year and students and select association members are encouraged to participate online. The UAS Summit is giving universities, colleges, high schools and select associations the ability to broadcast the live UAS Summit sessions to their classrooms and boardrooms during the event! 


Click below for more information on the online event or how to register your students/class,. Make sure to list NCAT as the referral to this great opportunity. 


For a complete list of events and professional development opportunities centered on autonomous technologies, visit our website.

The Future Workforce Begins With a Spark

Let's create a spark to ignite possibilities and open access to drive the future of tomorrow's autonomous technologies workforce. This video demonstrates cultivating imagination fueled with fascination. The result is driving new opportunities for autonomous technologies that will benefit society and the way we see the world. Innovation requires this curiosity-based drive. It also requires diverse perspectives and ideas. This is why NCAT believes in student competitions and STEM engagement to inspire students. The highly skilled technical workforce requires motivated lifelong learners from a broad pool including underrepresented populations.

We are opening doors for people, leading to a better society and an incredible future. Let real activities drive communication of the future opportunities. 

MATE ROV Competition Kick-Off Week presents Dr. Kathy Sullivan

NCAT Partner, MATE II hosted a MATE ROV Competition Kick-Off week September 14-18, featuring leaders in the maritime industry through Facebook Live. This session featured Dr. Kathy Sullivan, who is an Aquanaut, Astronaut and Former NOAA Administrator. Dr. Kathy Sullivan shared her experiences as the first American woman to walk in space and the first woman to reach the deepest known spot in the ocean. Check out MATE's Facebook page for this and other recordings from the MATE ROV Competition Kick-Off Week:

MATE II is dedicated to providing students with educational experiences where they are inspired and supported to develop their technical, problem-solving, and entrepreneurial skills. 

CAAT Robotics Challenge - Virtual Summer Camp

NCAT Partner, the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) hosted a virtual online summer camp on August 5-6 where middle school students learned to build and program a FREE COSMOS Jimu Robot. Through hands-on activities, experimentation, trial and error, and live virtual instruction, students learned to build and program their very own robot. They then entered their robot into a virtual competition where the grand prize was a set of Apple AirPods. 

CAAT partners with industry, education, government, and professional organizations to support local economic development and advances the preparation of students for careers in new and developing technologies.

Instructional Video Capture
Video Package

Producing instructional videos can range from simple smart phone capture to professional student productions. The NCAT team has assembled a budget-friendly standardized video package that is supported by a network of STEM educator users and technical support staff.

DRONETECH Educator Workshop: STEM Drones Take Flight
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DRONETECH Educator Workshop: Drones and Geospatial Applications
This workshop was designed for secondary and post-secondary instructors teaching in STEM related disciplines with focus on developing and integrating practical applications of drone and geospatial technology into...
Professional Development Funding


$1,000 Reimbursement for Professional Development
-Secondary Educators
-Faculty at community/technical college or university
-Faculty supporting technical education

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This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (DUE 1902574). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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