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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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NSF Grant Awarded to NCAT Partner – Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence

Press Release 4/9/2021 Advanced technologies, technician shortages, lack of teaching resources, and expensive/complicated pieces of equipment. What do they all have in common? A big challenge for both education and industry. What’s the solution. A collaborative approach. The Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence (TCOE), industry partners, and technical college programs in Minnesota are ready …

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Ag Tech Company Leader Shares Insights about Trends for 3 Types of Technicians

Sentera, a global technology company that devises hardware and software to interface with precision agriculture equipment such as planters and fertilizer applicators, employs three types of technicians: engineering technicians who work in the Minnesota company’s lab to build prototypes of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), sensors, and cameras; geospatial information systems (GIS) technicians who create maps …

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Technician Opportunities Abound in Ocean Economy

Justin E. Manley, a marine technology innovator for three decades, sees many interesting, well-compensated opportunities in the ocean based or “blue” economy for people interested in hands-on, intellectual work. “There’s lots of roles that are a good fit,” he said. Among the challenges for technical educators is the historically low visibility of the maritime sector, …

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Girl Scouts Drone Programming Challenge Hosted by CAAT

The Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) was pleased to work with the Girl Scouts of Southern Michigan and Women Who Drone organizations to provide 35 local Girl Scouts with an exciting opportunity to learn how to program and fly a drone. Girl Scout Cadettes explored the world of microcontrollers and learned how to program …

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NCAT to Participate in 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase

The 2021 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Learning from Research and Practice, will be held online May 11 – 18, 2021. This year’s themes are: STEM for All: COVID, Equity & Social Justice featuring topics on: Projects or partnerships addressing broadening participation Impacts of COVID on STEM teaching and learning Design and implementation of …

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