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Technology Student Association

~ Introduction ~ Officers ~ FYI ~ Join ~ At the GTI ~
~ Upcoming Events ~ Competitions ~ Dress Code ~

Technology Student Association (TSA) Introduction

What is the Technology Student Association?

  • "The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, almost 4,000,000 student members have participated through challenging competitions, leadership opportunities, and community service."
    ~From the TSA website
  • Mission Statement: The Technology Student Association enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in STEM, whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs.
  • Motto: Learning to lead in a technical world
  • Creed: I believe that Technology Education holds an important place in my life in the technical world. I believe there is a need for the development of good attitudes concerning work, tools, materials, experimentation, and processes of industry. Guided by my teachers, artisans from industry, and my own initiative, I will strive to do my best in making my school, community, state, and nation better places in which to live. I will accept the responsibilities that are mine. I will accept the theories that are supported by proper evidence. I will explore on my own for safer, more effective methods of working and living. I will strive to develop a cooperative attitude and will exercise tact and respect for other individuals. Through the work of my hands and mind, I will express my ideas to the best of my ability. I will make it my goal to do better each day the task before me, and to be steadfast in my belief in my God, and my fellow Americans.

2016-2017 National Officers

  • President: Mr. Jack Crawford from Lowndes High School (Valdosta, Georgia)
  • Vice President: Mr. Zac Quinby from Woodward High School (Woodward, Oklahoma)
  • Secretary: Ms. Erin Sullivan from Abingdon High School (Abingdon, Virginia)
  • Treasurer: Mr. Javonate Williams from Scotland County Early College High School (Laurinburg, North Carolina)
  • Reporter: Ms. Aala Nasir from Deep Run High School (Glen Allen, Virginia)
  • Sergeant-At-Arms: Ms. Lauren Kim from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania)

Historical Tidbits and Random Facts

  • 1988 - Students voted to change the organization's name from the American Industrial Arts Student Association (AIASA) to the Technology Student Association (TSA), after 30 years of operation.
  • 1994 - The Technology Student Association had over 100,000 members.
  • 2003 - 25th anniversary. National TSA Day was extended to become National TSA Week.
  • 2004 - First Relay Rally for the American Cancer Society, held at its national conference.
  • 2014 - TSA had over 200,000 nenbers for the year of 2014, and nearly 7,000 people attebded the annual national conference.

Benefits of joining TSA:

  • Recognition
  • Direction and purpose for skills
  • Magnified technilogical literacy
  • Enhanced leadership techniques and experience
  • Option of competing in local, state, and national competitions
  • Networking with students and teachers all over the nation who share similar interests

TSA at the GTI

  • Advisors: James (Anthony) Byrom and Michael Zervos
  • We try to expand beyond TSA to help other people compete, problem solve, and learn about different areas of technology. We especially have focused on assisting the Freedom of Technology Club with their projects.
  • We are still a fairly new TSA chapterm so we are still figuring out what the best form of organization is for us. Our particular chapter is in a unique situation. Students from all over the Granite School District are bussed from their home schools to the Granite Technical Institute building. Students stay for two class periods, then are returned to their home schools. This setup has been highly beneficial to the students affected, however, it does make it difficult to organize and have meetings that everyone can participate in. We do not currently have officers. We are considering having four representatives, one chosen from each 2 period class block that will report to our advisors and help distribute information to our members.
  • "We're kind of a flag for all schools." ~Anthony Byrom
  • At the begining of this year we had an assembly where we featured each of the different clubs housed at the GTI, which has greatly increased participation.
  • Granite Technical Institue / Skyline High School TSA Information Webpage

Upcoming Events:

  • 2017 State TSA Conference (Middle School)
    March 14, 2017
  • 2017 State TSA Conference (High School)
    March 15, 2017
  • Leadership Training Institute (State Officers)
    June 7, 2017
  • TSA New Advisor Training
    June 13, 2017
  • 2017 National TSA Conference "Defining Your Future"
    Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Florida
    June 21-25, 2017

High School Competition Categories:

  • 3D Animation
  • Animatronics Participants
  • Architectural Design
  • Architecture Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Biotechnology Design
  • Chapter Team
  • Children's Stories
  • Coding
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
  • Debating Technological Issues
  • Digital Video Production
  • Dragster Design
  • Engineering Design
  • Essays on Technology
  • Extemporaneous Speech
  • Fashion Design and Technology
  • Flight Endurance
  • Future Technology Teacher
  • Music Production
  • On Demand Video
  • Photographic Technology
  • Prepared Presentation
  • Promotional Design
  • Scientific Visualization (SciVis)
  • Software Development
  • STEM Careers
  • Structural Design and Engineering
  • System Control Technology
  • Technology Bowl
  • Technology Problem Solving
  • Transportation Modeling
  • Video Game Design
  • Webmaster

Dress code:

  • Official TSA Attire (most formal)
    • Navy blue BLAZER with an official TSA patch
    • Scarlet red TIE imprinted with an official TSA logo (for both males and females)
    • White, button-up TOP with a turn down collar
    • Light gray PANTS or SKIRT
    • Black or dark blue SOCKS (males only)
    • Black dress SHOES (athletic shoes, combat boots, or work boots are considered unacceptable)
    • Black open toe SHOES or sandals (females only)
  • Professional TSA Attire (less formal)
    • Button-up TOP with a turn down collar (T-shirts, polos, golf shirts, or any other informal shirt are considered unacceptable)
    • Alternative of a BLOUSE (loose top with a collar, buttons, and sleeves) for females
    • TIE (required for males, optional for females)
    • Dress PANTS (jeans, shorts, baggy pants, or pants with exterior pockets are considered unacceptable)
    • DRESSES or SKIRTS are an alternative for females (skirt must be even with fingertips or longer)
    • Black or dark blue SOCKS (males only)
    • Black dress SHOES (athletic shoes, combat boots, or work boots are considered unacceptable)
    • Black open toe SHOES or sandals (females only)
  • Business Casual TSA Attire (least formal)
    • Same as professional attire with the following exceptions:
    • TIE is not required
    • Polos and golf shirts are acceptable TOPS, however, T-shirts are still unacceptable
    • Shorts are unacceptable