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June 11, 2013
A mechanical engineering technology student terminates connections for a VEX robot project prior to program testing as part of the Teaching Technicians program sponsored by the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center (SC ATE), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center. The VEX Robotics Design System offers students an exciting platform for learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, only a few of the many fields students can explore by creating with VEX Robotics technology. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem-solving among groups, and allows educators to easily customize projects to meet the level of students' abilities. The affordable VEX platform is expanding rapidly and is now found in middle schools, high schools and university labs around the globe. Robotics hobbyists also appreciate the advanced capabilities of the VEX system. Located at Florence-Darlingtion Technical College in Florence, S.C., the center is dedicated to expanding excellence in technician education and increasing the quantity, quality and diversity of engineering technology graduates to support business and industry, and to encourage continued economic development. About NSF's ATE Program With an emphasis on two-year colleges, NSF's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-tech fields that drive our nation's economy. ATE involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. ATE supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education. This image appeared in the ATE Centers Impact 2011 report, which was prepared by the ATE centers with support from NSF grant DUE 10-40932, awarded to the Academic and Student Affairs Division of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Credit: Photo from ATE Centers Impact 2011 (www.atecenters.org)