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2021 ACE Camp Days

In light of COVID-19, the Minnesota Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp was transformed into a day-camp, offering three days this summer for students grades 9-12 to attend and learn about the different career options in the aviation field. Founded in 1991 with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), MN …

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North Dakota State College of Science to Launch One of the Nation’s First Autonomous Systems Technology Programs

The use of ground-based autonomous technologies is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years and North Dakota is working hard to lead the nation in autonomy, with a driving force being North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS). In the summer of 2020, NDSCS Professor Lonnie Wurst was approached by the college president to …

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Introducing M8-R SIM – A Virtual Simulation Game for Educating Users on Operating a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle

Through collaboration, two National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers and a non-profit educational organization have developed a virtual-reality simulation of an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that will make its debut this summer. Collaborators include Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD), the National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) and MATE Inspiration …

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NCAT Serves Up the FAA UAS-CTI Resource Repository

With the rapid growth of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry, there is a need to ensure that new technology is safely integrated into the National Airspace System and that there is a pipeline of qualified professionals to meet the increasing demand. Because of this, and in response to a Congressional requirement, the Federal Aviation …

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Enabling New Learning Environments, NCAT Leads the Use of Social Virtual Reality in STEM Education

Cancelled due to COVID-19 – those words were ubiquitous across websites and communication channels for any event, big or small in 2020. The world quickly turned to virtual platforms, such as Zoom to interact for education, work and event visiting with family and friends as a means of communication during times of quarantine and distance-learning. …

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More Powerful Batteries Will Be “Game-Changer” for Aerospace

Todd Colten, chief Aerospace engineer and director of Flight Services at Sentera, envisions a “big revolution” in the aerospace industry as a result of advances in battery manufacturing infrastructure. Sentera is a global technology company that devises hardware and software to interface with precision agriculture equipment such as planters and fertilizer applicators. “There’s a lot …

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