High School Competitive
The following information provides
only a basic description of each event. Please consult
2013 & 2014 High School Technology Activities, National
TSA Conference Competitive Events Guide (on CD) for detailed
specifications and rules regarding each event.
Please check the national
website at www.tsaweb.org/Updates-and-Clarification for any updates and clarifications for your competitions.
knowledge of mechanical and control systems by designing,
fabricating and controlling an animatronics device that
will communicate, entertain, inform, demonstrate and/or
illustrate a topic, idea, subject or concept. Sound, lights
and a surrounding environment must accompany the device.
a set of architectural plans and related materials for
an annual architectural design challenge and construct
a physical, as well as a computer-generated model to accurately
depict the design.
To obtain the 2013-2014 design problem check the National website
a contemporary biotechnology problem that relates to the
current yearís published area of focus and demonstrate
understanding of it through documented research, the development
of a solution, a display, and an effective multimedia
To obtain the
current design, check the National website.
Participants research technology-related careers designated
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as falling in the top
ten employment growth areas in the near future. As part
of the research for the careers noted in the current conference
year, students prepare a resume and cover letter for each
career. Semifinalists participate in an on-site job interview
related to one of the careers.
2013-2014 school year, students research and prepare a
resume and cover letter for each of the following careers:
the current careers, check the National website.
a written parliamentary procedures test in order to proceed
to the semifinals. Semifinalist teams perform an opening
ceremony, dispose of three items of business, and perform
a closing ceremony within a specified time period.
Design (CAD) 2D, Architecture
Participants create representations, such as foundation and/or floor
plans, and/or elevation drawings, and/or details of architectural
ornamentation or cabinetry.
Design (CAD) 3D, Engineering
3D computer model(s) of an engineering or machine object,
such as a machine part, tool, device, or manufactured
Numerical Control (CNC) Production
Participants design, fabricate, and demonstrate their ability
to use a CNC machine to produce mousetrap car parts. The
assembled entry is evaluated for the distance it travels
and proper documentation.
against a team/s from another chapter in order to advance
to the semifinals. The teams are instructed on site to
take either the pro or con side of a topic that is designated
To obtain the
current issues, check the National website.
a notebook that includes a tri-fold pamphlet, a three-column
newsletter, and a poster. All participants (not just semifinalists)
then work to solve an on-site problem that demonstrates
their abilities to use the computer to design, edit, and
print materials for publication.
a digital video/film that focuses on the given yearís
theme. Sound may accompany the film.
Theme: To obtain
the theme, check the National website.
produce working drawings for, and build a CO2-powered
Participants work to design and fabricate a device that will meet the
specific needs of a person with a disability. Through
use of a model/prototype, display, and design notebook,
participants document and justify their identified problem
and solution, as well as the solutionís impact on a member
of their community and on society. Semifinalists demonstrate
the problem and solution in a timed presentation.
Essays on Technology
research in an announced technological area and, using
the knowledge and personal insights gained from this research,
write a persuasive essay on one subtopic selected from
two or three related subtopics designated on site.
Topic: To obtain
the current topics check the National website.
To obtain the current subtopics check the National website.
a three to five minute speech, fifteen minutes after having
drawn a card on which a technology or TSA topic for a
speech is written.
develop and create garment designs, garment mock-ups,
and portfolios that reflect the current yearís published
theme. Semifinalists participate in an on-site event in
which they present their potential garment designs to
the judges on a TSA runway.
To obtain the
current design, check the National website.
flight principles with a rubber band-powered model aircraft.
and select three accredited colleges or universities that
offer technology education or engineering technology teacher
preparation as a major. Each participant writes a one page simulated college essay
explaining 1) why s/he wishes to become a technology education
or engineering technology teacher and 2) what would constitute
success in the field. Participants also develop and present
a lesson plan.
and manufacture a prototype of a product and provide a
description of how the product could be manufactured in
a state-of-the-art American manufacturing facility.
obtain the current product, check the National website
a musical piece that is designed to be played during the
national TSA conference opening or closing general sessions.
On Demand Video
shoot, and edit a sixty second video during the conference
in this on-site event.
Source Software Development
Participants (one team per chapter) work
as part of a team to participate in the development, debugging,
and documentation of a new or existing open source software
project. Through a multimedia presentation and notebook,
the team explains in detail how it has contributed to
images and process photographic and digital prints that
depict the current yearís published theme. Twelve (12)
qualifying semifinalists participate in an on-site event
in which they capture digital images and utilize multimedia
software to prepare a storyboard/outline and media presentation
of newsworthy TSA conference activities and events.
To obtain the current theme check the National website.
an oral presentation that includes audio and/or visual
enhancement based on the theme for the current yearís
Theme: The Spirit of Innovation
and present a graphic design that can be used to promote
participation in TSA competitive events. The design will
promote annually-selected competitions from TSA's array
of competitive events.
obtain the current design brief, check the National website.
Technical Visualization (SciVis)
a visualization focusing on a subject or topic from one
or more of the following areas: science, technology, engineering
as part of a team, on site with supplied materials, to
build a model of a structure that is destructively tested
to determine design efficiency.
as part of a team on site to develop a computer-controlled
model-solution to a problem, typically one from an industrial
setting. Teams analyze the problem, build a computer-controlled
mechanical model, program the model, explain the program
and mechanical features of the model-solution, and write
instructions for evaluators to operate the device.
a written test in order to qualify as semifinalists. Semifinalists
must demonstrate their ability to solve on-site engineering
graphics problems using standard drafting techniques.
a written, objective test in order to qualify for oral
question/response, head-to-head team competition.
Participants work together on site to develop and create a solution to
a problem using the limited materials provided and the
engineering skills to design and fabricate a CO2-powered
scale model of a vehicle that meets the current yearís
stated design theme.
Theme: To obtain
the current design brief, check the National website
TSA VEX Robotics
in a signature head-to-head robotics competition that
promotes student understanding and skills in science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas.
To obtain the current design contest, check the National website.
Video Game Design
an E-rated game that focuses on the subject of their choice.
required to design, build and launch a World Wide Web
site that features the schoolís career and technology
education program, the TSA chapter, and the chapterís
ability to research topics pertaining to technology. Conference
semifinalists participate in an on-site interview to demonstrate
the knowledge and expertise gained during the development
of the website with an emphasis on Internet and web history,
web design (school, chapter and design brief pages), and
research about cutting edge advances in technology.
To obtain the current design brief, check the National website.