About Technology Student Association
Missouri TSA is a non-profit organization devoted to the needs of students in technology education. Missouri TSA serves more than 3,500 middle and high school students in 49 local school district chapters.
Our mission is to prepare our membership for the challenges of our dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem-solving skills, providing personal growth, and maximizing their opportunities.
Teachers are eligible to use TSA activities in the classrooms to extend the learning beyond traditional classroom experiences.
TSA Benefits the School
TSA chapter activities are an integral part of the school technology education program and provide added dimension to school/community activities. TSA activities enhance the instructor's means of creating technology related challenges that benefit the student.
TSA increases the opportunity for individual student growth and participation in an educational environment. Some benefits to the school are that TSA:
- promotes, expands, and improves the total technology education program;
- creates additional means of developing student interest in broad-based learning;
- promotes the school, with visibility provided through school and community projects
- provides opportunities for students to integrate learning experiences from other instructional areas; and
- integrates Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO) leadership development for meeting fourth cycle MSIP expectations. DESE Common Standards for Career Education Programs, Standard five (5)
An important comparison to make with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, ABET Engineering and Technology Standards reveals many key points that TSA student members are expected to know and be able to do in their study of technology. To learn more about ABET Standards go to www.abet.org. TSA activities can have a tremendous effect upon the attitudes, growth, and development of each member. Some of the benefits that each student derives from TSA are:
- learning from leadership training;
- developing and increasing individual civic pride, responsibility, and involvement;
- participating in service activities and projects for the benefit of others;
- the opportunity for individual growth, development, and maturation according to one's own interests and abilities;
- involvement in projects for one's chapter, school, community, and self;
- meeting and working with leaders from business, industry, and the community to gain additional career information and exposure;
- participating in local, state, and national conferences;
- learning how to share with others -- by leading, following, and making decisions that affect oneself and other members; and
- sharing in all the benefits and membership services provided through local, state, and national membership affiliation.