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Technology Student Association Competitions

*One submission per team per academic year.*

Owner/Managing Organization:
Technology Student Association

Program Description:
Imagine an activity so captivating that your students spend hours working on it after school for weeks at a time. That’s what happens when TSA members engage in TSA’s competitions. Only TSA members have the opportunity to compete at exciting state conferences and then at the annual National Conference. Expert judging by technology educators and industry representatives inspires the best from participants. Members are rewarded not only with medals or trophies, but also with memories of the camaraderie and the challenge of a national TSA conference.

Time Details: 

Students typically meet once per week leading up to the competition to prepare

Cost Details: 

TSA offers three curriculum- integrated membership programs. Each chapter chooses the program that works best for them.

Red Chapter Affiliation Program (Red CAP)
A chapter affiliates up to ten members by paying a flat fee (additional members may be added during the year for a fee). The membership fee for Red CAP is $100 at the national level plus state dues.

White Chapter Affiliation Program (White CAP)
A chapter affiliates eleven or more members by paying a per member White CAP fee for state and national dues. The membership fee for White CAP is $10 per member at the national level plus state dues.

Blue Chapter Affiliation Program (Blue CAP)
A chapter affiliates an unlimited number of members in a school for a flat fee (typically effective when there are more than 25 members). This option is popular in chapters where students rotate through a STEM class for a portion of the year to enable all students to be members. The membership fee for Blue CAP is $350 at the national level plus state dues.

People Details: 

Teams or individual students compete in each of the competitions.

Prize Details: 

The Technology Student Association Awards and Recognition Programs acknowledges outstanding individuals. Please be sure to read the descriptions on the application forms carefully as supplemental material may be required.

TSA Achievement Program (Bronze, Silver and Gold awards)

The Achievement Award Program is a multi-level program that allows students to actively seek out opportunities for leadership growth and experience. Award levels are bronze, silver, and gold. Please see for more information.

Submission Details: 

One submission per team per year.

Outcome of the Activity: 

2016-2017 Competitive Event Themes and Problems


Career Prep

In 2017, students choose one (1) of these careers:

Environmental engineer
Cloud infrastructure architect
Computer repair technician

Children's Stories
Theme: The History of Technology

(Students may choose a device, and do a past, present, and future look at its development; OR, they may choose to do a timeline of how technology has developed over the centuries.)

Digital Photography
Theme: Standing Out from the Crowd

Environmental Engineering
Topic: Hydraulic Fracturing

Essays on Technology
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft that carries no human pilot or passengers. With the increased popularity and use of UAV’s — sometimes called “drones” — the Federal Aviation Administration now requires that they be registered. Students must research all of the following subtopics and be prepared to write an essay on one subtopic that will be designated on site at the conference.
•The emerging technology of UAV’s, including how they work and what role they might play in the future.
•The uses of UAV’s, including personal, business, and government
•The registration of UAV’s, including the need, penalties, and controversies

Geospatial Technology
Click here for the 2017 design brief.
Click here for information about the competition.

Mass Production
Create and produce a charging station for phones or tablets; three identical copies of the product must fit together in a cube that measures 24 inches x 24 inches x 24 inches.

Microcontroller Design
Challenge: Create a product (example: a moisture or air quality sensor) that monitors and reports on environmental conditions.

Prepared Speech
Theme (2017): Defining Your Future

Structural Engineering
Click here for the 2017 challenge. Posted 9/12/16
Click here for the Verification form.

Video Game Design
National TSA conference team entries must be submitted to this link by 11:59 pm PDT on May 15th. Email verification of the entry will be made by June 10th.

Website Design
Click here for the 2017 design brief.
To submit your URL, please use this link:


3D Annimation
Click here for the 2017 problem.

Develop an animatronic device for an exhibit at a children's museum.

Architectural Design
Click here for the 2017 challenge.

Biotechnology Design
Area of focus: Vaccines

Children's Stories
Create a pop-up book, complete with hard book binding, in which the pop-ups illustrate the story.

Debating Technological Issues
Topic: Technology in Education
Subtopic 1: Should a fully virtual (online) education program be considered for students in grades K-12?
Subtopic 2: Should college students earn the same credit for a class taken online, versus one taken on a college/university campus?
Subtopic 3: In allowing students to use electronic resources – and devices – for conducting research, writing papers, tackling math assignments, or completing group work for class-initiated activities, etc., are students missing out on the development of some intrinsic educational skills?

Digital Video Production
Theme: Digital Citizenship

Dragster Design
Throwback Design Challenge (for the 2017 conference only): TSA is “flashing back” to the late 1970s when the event was called LSRAV (Land Speed Record Assault Vehicle). At that time there were no “shell cars.” For 2017 only, all four (4) wheels must be completely exposed. No part of the vehicle body may cover any part of the front or back wheels.

Engineering Design
Theme: Provide Access to Clean Water

Fashion Design and Technology
The need to recycle existing fabrics and other materials becomes more important as fresh/new materials become harder to come by and/or less sustainable. The theme for the 2016-2017 school year is recycling in fashion. Teams must use recycled materials to design and create a total of three different prototypes (garments).

Photographic Technology
Theme: Humor

Structural Design and Engineering
Click here for the 2017 challenge.
Click here for the Team Verification form.
Click here for the Analysis and Assessment form.

Transportation Modeling
Theme: Motorcycles

Video Game Design
Participants focus on the idea of their choice, within the context of the 2017 theme: Arcade Games

Click here for the 2017 design brief.

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