FLATE Events - December/January
FLATE Webinar Series 2022 - 2023
Join us today at 3pm for the 1st Session!
The 2022-23 FLATE Webinar Series provides educators around the state with training on ways to attract and retain students and/or understand new, complex technologies. The series includes 11 sessions ranging from cyber security, recruiting, and diversity to work-based learning.

Register now for the first 6 sessions:

  • 12/7/2022 3:00 PM Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Technicians #1 
  • 1/19/2023 10:00 AM Developing local articulations to increase enrollments in college programs 
  • 2/1/2023 1:00 PM How to create work-based learning opportunities
  • 2/22/2023 2:00 PM Recruiting Strategies Best Practices 
  • 3/24/2023 10:00 AM Robots for AI and Industry 4.0 Training & Demo 
  • 4/18/2023 3:00 PM Creating Videos using Classroom projects and Student Success Stories 
Cybersecurity Across Disciplines
Faculty Development for Manufacturing/Automation
January 5-6, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
College of Central Florida - Ocala
Cybersecurity knowledge and abilities are needed in many of today’s industries. The focus of this academy is to cross-train non-cybersecurity faculty to incorporate cybersecurity concepts and practices into their community/technical college program disciplines.

This 2-day in-person faculty development academy is targeted for community college faculty in automation, manufacturing, logistics, process control, automotive technologies, business, information technologies, and others. The workshops provide faculty with curriculum, content, and assessment instruments. Eligible participants will receive a $500 stipend upon successfully completing the academy.
2023 FLATE Awards Nominations Now Open!
The 16th annual FLATE awards recognize educators and industry professionals who have made outstanding contributions to manufacturing or engineering technology outreach or educational programs in our public or private educational institutions. FLATE Awardees include individuals in any manufacturing area including economic development, industry, education and administration.

Nominate secondary and postsecondary educators, industry professionals or your student event in these categories:

  • Nominations close: February 11, 2023
  • Nominee application deadline: March 31, 2023
  • Most Innovative Manufacturing Student Event application deadline: March 31, 2023
  • Award winners will be notified by April 28, 2023
  • Educator & Partner Awards will be presented July 17-19 at the FACTE Annual Conference in Orlando, FL
  • The FLATE Most Innovative Manufacturing Student Event Award will be presented at the 2023 FloridaMakes Make More Summit.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2023 FLATE Awards, click here for the Sponsorship Packet.
ET Student Project Presentations and Expo
at Palm Beach State College
On Nov 29, seven Palm Beach State College (PBSC) Engineering Technology (ET) program students who were enrolled in a special projects course during the 2022 fall semester made 5-minute presentations of their projects and demonstrated their projects to an audience open to the public. Each project started with the students creating design experiments to determine how they would approach the challenge they had selected. These “lightening round” style presentations of their work included an additional 30 minutes for the attendees to visit each of the student projects, also set up in the presentation room, for questions and demonstrations. 

Expo attendees included most members of the Business Partner Council for the Engineering Technology Program at PBSC. Students interacted directly with Council members and had a chance to show what they did as well as how their system worked to produce answers to the questions they had set out to answer. The whole event represents a great way to showcase student success as well as have students continue to practice skills learned in the program and demonstrate those skills to the college’s industry partners. Congratulations to all the students and to Dr. Suarez for mentoring them through the process.
Congratulations to Dr. Ron Eaglin
Congratulations to Dr. Ron Eaglin, Chair of the Department of Engineering and Information Technology at Daytona State College, on recently winning not one, but two awards!

  • The Omega Psi Phi Educator of the Year Award, Bethune Cookman College - November 11, 2022
  • The VMA We Make It Here! Champion Award - December 1, 2022

The VMA (Volusia Manufacturers Association) We Make it Here! Champion Award is presented to the individual who contributed most to building awareness of the career opportunities in manufacturing with the 16–26 year-old age group. More information on the VMA We Make It Here! Campaign can be found here.
Celebrate CTE: Share your Student Success Stories
The Florida Department of Education’s Division of Career and Adult Education celebrates CTE with a bi-monthly newsletter highlighting students, teachers, programs, and schools. Please share your local success stories to continue the celebration.
More Upcoming Events
Dual-Credit, Web-Based Mechatronics for High Schools: FREE workshop for Secondary & Post-Secondary Educators
March 9, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hillsborough Community College - Tampa
This hands-on workshop will introduce faculty to an entry level Mechatronics course (Concepts of Electronics) taught to high school students at a distance in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Attendees will assemble a trainer and perform lab exercises designed for high school students. Participants will take their finished trainer (valued over $300) home and be asked to create a lab with the trainer to share with other workshop attendees. Materials and curriculum will also be made available. The workshop is FREE, lunch will be provided, and attendees will take their trainer home to use in their own classrooms.
18th Annual Florida Engineering Education Conference
March 3, 2023 - UCF Student Union
K-12 STEM teachers, administrators, practicing engineers and other (informal) educators from across Florida involved in and/or interested in learning more about STEM education are welcome to attend the Florida Engineering Education Conference (FEEC) at the University of Central Florida.

The Early Bird registration fee is $15 and will be available through January 31. Parking, lunch, and conference materials included. Those interested in presenting an interactive workshop are encouraged to submit a proposal at the "Call for Presenters" link on the website. Proposals will be accepted through December 19, 2022.
Want to share your project with a national audience? Click here to submit your proposal to do a preconference workshop, session, or poster session. Speaker guidelines will be provided upon acceptance of proposals. Submission deadline: February 15, 2023.
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