CAAT's 2020 Accomplishments and Activities

Professional Development

CAAT Conference and MATA Conference

  • cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

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STEM Outreach to Middle and High School Students and Parents

Provided STEM outreach opportunities to more than 300 middle and high school students and parents

  • Taught girl scouts about designing, building and showcasing robots. Women from various engineering fields served as mentors and team leaders. (February, 80 students)
  • Conducted a virtual robotics camp. Students learned to build and program a COSMOS Jimu Robot through hands-on activities, experimentation, trial and error, and live virtual instruction. (August, 35 students)
  • Collaborated with Macomb Community College, General Motors and Bosch, on a second robot programming challenge. Students explored the world of microcontrollers and built and programmed their own OSOYOO Robot Car. (September, 70 students)
  • Participated in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) Virtual STEM Conference with a virtual hands-on session called, “STEM Fun with Catapults” (October, 100 students)
  • In conjunction with MISD and NCAT, offered a Drone Learn to Fly Challenge event with virtual instruction session held via Zoom and an in-person competition held at Jimmy John’s Field in Utica. (October, 34 students)

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Educational Leadership

Participated in various opportunities to engage with leading educational organizations to further the education of technicians and engineering technologists in advanced automotive technologies

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Industry Engagement

Attended important industry events to keep the CAAT on top of the expanding workforce needs of the automotive industry

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Marketing and Communications

Maintained website for students, educators, and industry representatives that was visited more than 40,900 times by nearly 33,500 unique visitors

  • The website had more than 136,000 pageviews this year
  • Added a new NEVTEX Resources page to host the work being done by NEVTEX.
  • Added 21 new resources to the CAAT's free library, from which more than 1,500 resources were downloaded
  • Engaged with nearly 1,250 followers over social media

Developed three CAAT Tracks newsletters distributed to 1,600 subscribers

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