AMS TSA 2014-2015
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Below is a summary description of the 2014 and 2015 middle school level TSA competitive events. Detailed specifications and rules regarding each event can be found in the 2014 & 2015 Middle School Technology Activities, National TSA Conference Competitive Events Guide.
1. Agriculture and BiotechnologyDesign Participants (three teams per state)conduct research on a contemporary agriculture or biotechnology issue of theirchoosing, document their research, and create a display. The informationgathered may be student- performed research or a re-creation or simulation ofresearch performed by the scientific community. If appropriate, a model orprototype depicting some aspect of the issue may be included in the display.
2. Career Prep Participants (one individual per chapter) conduct researchon a selected technology-related career and use the knowledge gained to preparea resume and cover letter, complete a job application, and participate in amock interview.
3. Challenging Technology Issues Participants (three teams of two members per state) prepareand deliver an extemporaneous debate style presentation with team membersexplaining opposing views of a current technology issue that has been selectedon site from a choice of three options.
4. Chapter Team Participants (one team of six members per chapter)demonstrate their understanding of parliamentary procedure relative to businessmeetings. Participants must successfully complete a written parliamentaryprocedures test in order to proceed to the semifinals, where they perform anopening ceremony, dispose of three items of business, and perform a closingceremony within a specified time period.
5. Communication Challenge Participants(one individual per chapter, one entry per individual) design and produce 1) atrifold brochure that promotes the chapter, 2) an effective sponsor supportrequest on chapter letterhead, and 3) an 8 ½ x 11 inch glossy, two-sidedpostcard promoting TSA’s current national service project. Semifinalists workcreatively under constraints to design a solution to an on-site problem.
6. Community Service Video Participants (one team per chapter [entries may be submittedby an individual or group]) create and submit a finished video that highlightstheir chapter’s involvement with the American Cancer Society, national TSA’sservice partner.
7. Construction Challenge Participants (one team per chapter) submit a display thatdocuments the use of their leadership and technical skills to fulfill acommunity need related to construction. Semifinalists discuss their projects ina presentation and an interview.
8. Digital Photography Participants (three individuals per state) produce an albumof color or black and white digital photographs that represent or relate to achosen theme and place the album on a storage device for submission.Semifinalists produce a series of digital photographs taken at the conferencesite that have been edited appropriately for the on-site task.
9. Dragster Participants (two individuals per chapter, one entry perindividual) design, produce working drawings for, and build a CO2-powereddragster according to stated specifications and using only certain specifiedmaterials.
10. Electrical Applications Participants (two individuals per chapter) demonstrateknowledge of basic electrical and electronic theory 1) in a written test and 2)through the use of a multimeter. Semifinalists assemble a specific circuit froma schematic diagram (using a kit provided), make required electricalmeasurements and explain their solution during an interview.
11. Energy Sources Participants (one team per chapter) conduct research on anenergy source selected from one (1) of three areas and develop marketing piecesthat will be used to help convince their local government officials andcitizens to make strides to implement the energy source.
12. Environmental Focus Participants (one team per chapter) identify and research aspecific environmental problem or issue that has been influenced byadvancements in technology. Students present their findings in the form of amultimedia presentation.
13. Essays on Technology Participants (three individuals per state) conduct researchon specified subtopics of a broader technological area and, using the knowledgeand resources gained through that research, write a comprehensive essay on theone subtopic that is designated on site.
14. Flight Participants (two individuals per chapter, one entry each)study the principles of flight and design in order to fabricate and test-flygliders. Gliders must be designed to be launched from a catapult that isprovided on site. Flight duration of the gliders and documentation of thedesign process are the primary elements of the evaluation.
15. Geospatial Technology Participants (one team of two to five members per chapter)explore and gain an understanding of how geospatial data and related technologyare used to prepare a profile of a geographic area of interest and solve aproblem in a spatial context.
16. Go Green Manufacturing Participants (one team of at least three individuals perchapter, one entry per team) design and manufacture a product using recycled orreused materials. The chapter submits documentation of chapter activities andtwo product samples made during the manufacturing experience.
17. Inventions and Innovations Participants (one team [with a minimum of three individuals]per chapter, one entry per team) investigate and determine the need for aninvention or innovation of a device, system or process. Team members will 1)create a prototype or model, 2) develop a standalone multimedia presentationand 3) document work completed as they prepare to promote and demonstrate theiridea for the invention or innovation. Semifinalists make an oral presentationto a panel of judges who will act as a group of venture capitalists interestedin providing funding for the development of the idea.
18. Junior Solar Sprint Participants (one team per chapter, one entry per team)explore an alternative energy source and experience the automotive designprocess when they research and conceptualize a design, make drawings, build amodel from the design, and race a solar-powered car model.
19. Leadership Strategies Participants (one team of three individuals per chapter)work in teams to develop a plan of action that addresses a specific challengingsituation provided on site. Under time constraints, semifinalists develop aplan for a second situation and then make a team presentation.
20. Medical Technology Issues Participants (three teams per state [two or moreparticipants per team], one entry per team) conduct research on a contemporarymedical technology issue of their choosing, document their research and createa display. The information gathered may include student-performed research or are-creation or simulation of research performed by the scientific community. Ifappropriate, a model or prototype depicting some aspect of the issue may beincluded in the display.
21. Prepared Speech Participants (one individual per chapter) develop anddeliver an oral presentation that reflects the theme of the current year’snational conference.
22. Problem Solving Participants (one team of two individuals per chapter) useproblem solving skills to develop a finite solution to a stated problem givenon site. Participants work as a team to provide the best solution, which ismeasured objectively.
23. Promotional Design Participants (two individuals per chapter, one entry perindividual) create and produce a color pin design that is appropriate fortrading at the national TSA conference.
24. STEM Animation Participants (three teams per state, one entry per team) usecomputer graphic tools and design processes to communicate, inform, analyzeand/or illustrate a topic, idea, subject, or concept.
25. Structural Model Participants (one team of two members per chapter) research,design, and build a model-through bridge for destructive testing.
26. System Control Technology Participants (one team of three members per state, one entryper team) develop a computer- controlled model solution to a problem providedon site. Typically, the problem is a scenario of a situation in an industrialsetting that requires a solution. Teams analyze the problem, build acomputer-controlled mechanical model, program the model, explain the programand mechanical features of the model-solution, and leave instructions foroperating the device.
27. Tech Bowl Participants (one team of three individuals per chapter) arerequired to complete a written objective examination to qualify for the oralquestion/response, head-to-head team competition phase of the event.
28. Technical Design Participants (two individuals per chapter) demonstrate theability to use the technical design process to solve an engineering designproblem.
29. Video Game Design Participants [one team (of at least two participants) perchapter, one entry per team] develop an E-rated game that focuses on thesubject of their choice. The game should be interesting, exciting, visuallyappealing and intellectually challenging. A working, interactive game issubmitted for evaluation.
30. Water Infrastructure Participants (one team per chapter) conduct research on theposted topic, document their research, and develop a multimedia presentationrelated to the topic.
31. Website Design Participants (one team of three to five members per chapter, one entryper team) are required to design, build and launch a World Wide Web site thatfeatures the team’s research about a science, technology, engineering ormathematics (STEM)-related topic. Pre-conference semifinalists participate inan on-site interview to demonstrate the knowledge and expertise gained duringthe development of the website.