• TSA Competitions

    For Level II event themes go to: www.TSAWEB.ORG/Themes-and-Problems

    Idaho State TSA Probable Competitions

    These event will probably take place, but that does depend on the number of participants who sign up.

    DA(#) – Do Ahead (Simple, Medium, Complex)

    OS – On Site competition

    T – Technical competition

    L – Leadership competition – soft skills

     

    Architectural Design T/DA(C) Participants (team event, maximum of 4 teams per chapter, maximum of 4 participants per team) develop a set of architectural plans and related materials for an annual architectural renovation challenge and construct a physical, as well as a computer-generated model to accurately depict the new design.

    Chapter Team L/OS (Written and Oral) Participants (team event, 2 teams per chapter, teams must have a minimum of 4 members and a maximum of 6 members, team members do not have to be elected officers of the local TSA chapter) take a written parliamentary procedures test in order to proceed to the semifinals. Semifinalist teams perform an opening ceremony, dispose of 3 items of business, and perform a closing ceremony within a specified time period.

    Children’s Stories T/DA(M) Participants (3 teams per chapter; teams consist of 1-5 members) create an illustrated children's story of artistic, instructional, and social value. The story must have a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focus. It may be written in prose or poetry and take the form of a fable, adventure story, or other structure.

    Coding T/OS Participants (individual, or team 1-3 members, 4 teams per chapter) respond to an annual coding-related design challenge by developing a software program that will accurately address an on-site problem in a specified, limited amount of time. This is a BYOD event. (Bring Your Own Device).

    Computer-Aided Design (CAD), 2D Architecture T/OS Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter, entries limited to 1 per person) create representations, such as foundation and/or floor plans, and/or elevation drawings, and/or details of architectural ornamentation or cabinetry.  This is a BYOD event. (Bring Your Own Device).  

    Computer-Aided Design (CAD), 3-D Engineering T/OS Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter, entries limited to 1 per person) create 3D computer model(s) of an engineering or machine object, such as a machine part, tool, device, or manufactured product.  Participants must bring their own computer system and CAD software.

    Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Participants T/DA(M) (team event consisting of 2-4 members, maximum of 5 teams per chapter) design, fabricate, and use Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) to create a promotional TSA product that will showcase the current conference city and/or state.

    Debating Technological Issues L/OS Participants (team event consisting of 2 members, maximum of 5 teams per chapter) work together to prepare for a debate against a team from another chapter. Teams are instructed on site to take either the pro or con side of a subtopic (which falls under a general topic) that is designated annually.

    Digital Video Production T/DA(M) Participants (team event, max of 5 teams per chapter consisting of 2-4 students per team) develop a digital video/film that focuses on the current year’s theme. Sound may accompany the film. Pre-Requisite Required!

    Dragster Design T/DA(S) Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter) design, produce working drawings for, and build a CO2-powered dragster.  Drawings are submitted on-site with the completed dragster.

    Drone Technology T/DA(S) and OS Participants (team event, max of ? teams per chapter consisting of 2 students per team) must complete a knowledge test ahead of time, they fly an obstacle course. This competition is under revision. Pre-Requisite Required!

     Engineering Design T/DA(C) Participants (team event, max of 5 teams per chapter consisting of 2-4 students per team) 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 portfolio, participants document and justify their identified problem and solution, as well as the solution’s impact on a member of their community and on society. Semifinalists justify and demonstrate their solution in a timed presentation.

    Essays on Technology L/OS Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter, entries limited to 1 per person) write a synthesis essay to make insightful connections based on a current technological topic.

    Extemporaneous Speech L/OS Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter) give 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.

    Fashion Design and Technology T/DA(M) Participants (team event, max of 4 teams per chapter consisting of 2-4 students per team) research, design, and create a portfolio and wearable prototype that reflect the current year’s theme. Semifinalist teams participate in a presentation/interview in which they present their garment designs to judges.

    Flight Endurance T/DA(C) Participants (individual event, entries limited to 12 participants per chapter, 1 entry per individual) analyze flight principles with a rubber band-powered model aircraft.  All models are to be built and test flown before the event date.

    Music Production T/DA(M) Participants (individual or team event, maximum of two participants per team, 4 teams per chapter) produce an original musical piece that is designed to be played during the national TSA conference opening or closing general sessions. 

    On Demand Video T/OS Participants (team event, 2 -4 participants per team, 4 teams per chapter) write, shoot, and edit a sixty second video during the conference in this on-site event.  Required criteria, such as props and a line of dialogue, make the competition more challenging and will be revealed at the event orientation meeting. This is a BYOD event. (Bring Your Own Device). Participants must bring their own camera, laptop or other device for editing and editing software.

    Photographic Technology T/DA(S) Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter) capture images and process photographic and digital prints for display that depict the current year’s published theme.  Documentation and pictures are to be submitted electronically.  Semifinalists participate in an on-site event in which they record digital images and utilize multimedia software to prepare a storyboard/outline and media presentation of newsworthy TSA conference activities and events.  This is a BYOD event. (Bring Your Own Device). Participants must bring their own camera, laptop or other device for editing and editing software.  Pre-Requisite Required!

    Prepared Presentation L/OS Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter) deliver an oral presentation that includes audio and/or visual enhancement based on the theme for the current year’s conference.

    Promotional Design L/DA(S) Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter, 1 entry per participant allowed) develop and submit electronically a graphic design that can be used to promote participation in TSA-related interests.  Pre-Requisite Required!

    Structural Design and Engineering T/DA(M) Participants (team event, 1-2 members, maximum of 4 teams per chapter) work as a team to build a designated structure that is posted on the TSA website. Teams apply the principles of structural design and engineering through research, design, construction, destructive testing, and assessment to determine the design efficiency of the structure. The structure must be built prior to the conference. Destructive testing at the conference will determine semi-finalists. Students will be required to wear safety-approved eyewear during the fabrication and structure check-in phase of this event.

    Technology Bowl (Written and Oral) L/OS Participants (team event, max of 2 teams per chapter, must have 3 participants per team approved by the chapter advisor) complete a written, objective test in order to qualify for oral question/response, head-to-head team competition to demonstrate knowledge of TSA leadership skills and the systems of technology.

    Technology Problem Solving T/OS Participants (team event, each chapter may enter up to 6 teams, a team consists of 2 chapter members) work together on site to develop and create a solution to a problem using the limited materials provided and the tools allowed.

    VEX Robotics T/DA(C) Participants (team event, 2-6 members, maximum of 4 teams per chapter) work as a team to build a robot to compete at a challenge on the RobotEvents website.. The robot must be built prior to the conference.

    Idaho State TSA Possible Competitions

    These event have been done in the past, but will probably NOT take place, unless a large number of participants sign up.

     

     3D Animation  T/DA(M) Participants (team event consisting of 1-5 members, maximum of 4 teams per chapter) demonstrate their knowledge of 3D animation technology and design skills to creatively solve the challenge posted on the national TSA website.

    Animatronics T/DA(M) Participants (team event consisting of 1-4 members, maximum of 4 teams per chapter) demonstrate 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.

    Biotechnology Design T/DA(M) Participants (three teams of two to six individuals per chapter, one entry per team) select a contemporary biotechnology problem (that relates to the current year’s published area of focus) and demonstrate understanding of it through documented research, the development of a solution, a display, and an effective multimedia presentation.

    Software Development  T/DA(M) Participants (team event consisting of 1-4 members, maximum of 4 teams per chapter) use knowledge of cutting-edge technologies, algorithm design, problem-solving principles, effective communication, and collaborative teamwork to design, implement, test, and document a software development project of educational or social value.

    STEM Careers  L/DA(S) Participants (individual event, maximum 10 members per chapter) develop a specific skill and complete a thorough project about the skill’s relationship to a STEM career area of their choice. Participants research and prepare documentation related to the skill and prepare a video that demonstrates the skill. Semifinalists participate in an on-site interview to discuss the skill developed.

    System Control Technology  T/OS Participants (team event consisting of 2-3 members, maximum of 5 teams per chapter) work 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.

    Transportation Modeling T/DA(S) Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter), design and produce a scale model of a vehicle that fits the annual design problem. 

    Webmaster T/DA(M) Participants (team event, 2-4 participants per team, a max of 5 teams per chapter) one entry per team]. Pre-Requisite Required!