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October 2020 | THINK AUTONOMOUS Newsletter

The October Edition of the THINK AUTONOMOUS Newsletter highlights our upcoming Autonomous Vehicle Technology Sensors, Air | Land | Sea Educator Workshop and other AT events, recent NCAT and NCAT partner activities, distance delivery solutions, the new DRONETECH Educator Workshop: STEM Drones Take Flight and Drones and Geospatial Applications resources, professional development funding opportunities, and …

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New Award Supports Partnerships to Develop the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Geospatial Technology Workforce in Virginia

Faculty and students at community colleges across the Commonwealth will continue to learn how to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and collect and analyze geospatial data. The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is leading a statewide partnership to develop the geospatial technology and UAS workforce in Virginia. The new award of $561,977 from the National …

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Northland Selected for Federal Aviation Administration Training Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Northland’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Technician program for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Program (UAS-CTI). Launched in April of this year, the UAS-CTI is a result of the 2018 FAA Reorganization Act which required the establishment of a collegiate training initiative program relating to unmanned aircraft systems …

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Central Lakes College and AgCentric Awarded $584,000 NSF Grant to Address Technician Workforce Gap

The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) is thrilled for Central Lakes Colleges and AgCentric being awarded a $584,618 National Science Foundation grant titled “Technical Applications and Agriculture” (TAA) through the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. This project will bring together community college and secondary school faculty, and industry partners to develop and implement new …

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Northland Community and Technical College BWSR Project

Northland Community and Technical College has partnered with the Pennington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to evaluate 50 county ditches as they empty into the three rivers in Pennington County. BWSR is an agency that oversees the County SWCD’s in Minnesota. Both BWSR and SWCD are …

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Autonomous Vehicle Technologies: Impact on Workforce Training and Education

At the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, General Motors had an exhibit called “Futurama.” This was a model of the future that showed how we could have automated vehicles and highways that reduce traffic congestion and vehicle accidents. At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, 29 vehicle manufactures were present …

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Minnesota’s Approach to Connected and Automated Vehicles

Did you know that nearly 94% of all vehicle fatalities are caused by human factors? The whole point of vehicle connection and automation is to increase safety and reduce human error. There are many technical challenges and other issues that need to be addressed ahead of time. Minnesota’s Department of Transportation is reacting. The Minnesota …

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