CAAT's 2020 Accomplishments and Activities

Professional Development

CAAT Conference and MATA Conference

  • cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions


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)


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


Industry Engagement

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


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