Certificates of Completion for PD/CE hours available upon request for attendees.
Nominations Now Open!
FLATE awards recognize educators and industry professionals who are making outstanding contributions to manufacturing outreach or educational programs in Florida. Nominate secondary and postsecondary educators, industry professionals or your student event in these categories:

  • Nominations close: February 11, 2023
  • Most Innovative Student Event application deadline: March 31, 2023

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2023 FLATE Awards, click here for the Sponsorship Packet.
FLATE Award Winner Attends Science Educators Workshop
at AVS Society International Symposium
Ed FRY, 2022 FLATE Post-Secondary Educator of the Year Awardee, attended the AVS Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processes annual Science Educators Workshop (SEW) during the Society’s Annual International Symposium and Exhibition held this year November 6-8 in Pittsburg, PA. The 2-day SEW is produced by the Education and Outreach Committee to support the awareness and importance of vacuum technology in today’s world. Ed was supported by the International Society and the Florida Chapter of the AVS, which covered his travel to Pittsburg and a $1200 vacuum equipment voucher for Ed’s home high school, Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville, Florida. The workshop, first developed in the early 1990’s, is a high impact, intense experience for the teachers attending. 
Dr. Marilyn Barger Receives 20 Year Service Award
from Society of Manufacturing Engineers of Tampa Bay
Congratulations to Dr. Marilyn Barger, Senior Educaton Advisor of FLATE, who was presented with a 20-year Service Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) of Tampa Bay at their 2022 Awards & Recognition Event on December 15, 2022. James Moore, one of FLATE’s long-time supporters and partners, was also recognized for his service to the SME Tampa Bay Chapter. Dr. Barger had previously been awarded the 2014 SME Education Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a national-level award recognizing significant contributions to the field of manufacturing engineering in the areas of manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research, management and service to SME.
2023 FCPN Symposium Focused on Developing
Florida's Talent Pipeline
The 2023 Florida Career Pathways Network Conference (FCPN) Symposium from January 11-13 in Jensen Beach has been an effective venue in providing career and technical educators (CTE) employers, and workforce development partners across Florida with resources and best practices to foster professional leadership and partnership. This year’s symposium included 44 sessions and educational vendors’ showcase, with more than 180 attendees who had the opportunity to learn about the latest best practices and strategies for developing a talent pipeline. During this event, FLATE had the opportunity to present two sessions: “Innovative Dual Enrollment Program for Advanced Manufacturing and other CTE Programs” and “Forging Positive Partnerships-Strategies for Starting and Sustaining Schools-Industry partnerships”.
FLATE Visits Polk State College
FLATE continues to visit college partners and meet with faculty around the state. The representatives from Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), Dr. Marilyn Barger, and Ernie Friend’s goal is to visit all 23 colleges with ET-related programs. The latest partner college visited was Polk State College (PSC) in December 2022. Special thanks to all the faculty and staff that collaborated with us during the visit. The team at Polk State College included Dr. Mori Toosi, Director of Engineering Technology, Dr. Mehdi Miri, Professor of Engineering Technology, and Dr. Samuel Perez, Academics, Business, Engineering Technology.
Cybersecurity Across Disciplines Faculty Workshop
On January 5-6, 17 Florida teachers and faculty from all over the state started off 2023 at a 2-day faculty academy at Central Florida College (CF) in Ocala to learn more about the cyber security skills needed for technicians in manufacturing and industrial environments. Sam Ajlani, Engineering Technology Program Manager at CF, also provided a tour of the on-campus Lockheed-Martin training lab which provides training for entry-level Lockheed-Martin technical employees. Successful completers of the program can apply to the Lockheed-Martin apprenticeship program that includes the CF Engineering Technology A.S. Degree.
Upcoming Events
Register Now for Spring 2023 ET Forum
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.
News & Opportunities
Calling All Community College Student Innovators! 
Do you know a student with an entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in STEM?
The American Association of Community Colleges, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, is inviting community college students to participate in the 2023 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). 
The CCIC is a national competition where teams of community college students work with a faculty or administrator mentor to use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems, receive full travel support to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in the Washington, DC, metro area, and compete for cash awards. 

  • Assemble a student team and become a faculty or administrator mentor.
  • Help us spread the word and join the conversation online! Use #CCIChallenge2023 on social media.
  • Encourage students to learn more & apply.
New Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals Credential
SME is excited to announce a new Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals (RMF) credential. It's great for those looking to upskill or reskill into manufacturing careers. The credential was developed by SME with two leading organizations in the robotics education area: Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and FIRST.
Tooling U-SME offers an online program to support knowledge of the concepts presented on the new SME RMF credential exam. Classes are self-paced, taking about 60 minutes each, and the 22-class training program may be completed in just a few weeks. Learn more here.
Judges Needed at Florida Student Competitions
Judges needed: Orlando area
TSA Florida Conference
February 22-25, 2023
Doubletree Universal
Judges needed: Jacksonville area
Skills USA Florida Conference
April 10 -13, 2023
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
ATE Office Hours: Hidden Innovation Project
February 28, 2023 - 1PM - 2PM ET
ATE Office Hours provides a venue where those of us in the ATE community can communicate and learn from each other, discover collaborators, and find solutions for the challenges we all face in our project and center work. Each interactive group video conference is limited to 50 ATE grantees. Join Dr. Marilyn Barger at on February 28th to discuss The Hidden Innovation Project. Two web-based tools will be demonstrated that can quickly provide trend data for graduates per program and numbers of employees in various occupations - data that can really help ATE community members and others better understand the marketplace for their programs.

Technology That Will Change Our World in 2023 and Beyond: Manufacturing Innovation
In the first article, Pravina Raghavan, the director of NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, looks ahead to the most transformative technology taking hold for the coming year and beyond in the world of manufacturing. From making organs for people who need transplants to managing supply chains, she sees exciting technological advancements in store in the manufacturing world. NIST also asked their senior researchers, “How will the technology you are working on today affect society in the years to come?” Read the second article for their thoughts and predictions.
The Webb Telescope Celebrates its First Birthday
Launched on December 25, 2021, the $10 billion James Webb telescope, an infrared space observatory the size of a tennis court, is a technological and engineering marvel, a success story for optics and photonics.
Last year at this time, we watched the sun shield deployment and then on July 12th, the first full-color images and spectroscopic data were released. Since then, NASA has released spectacular images of distant galaxies, nebulas, and planets of our solar system, including the direct image of a planet outside of the Solar System.

Here are some YouTube videos that can be shared with students about the Webb Telescope:

The James Webb Space Telescope YouTube Channel has full launch coverage
and ongoing mission briefings.
Nasa's Webb Space Telescope website includes all released images.
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