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TSA Fact Sheet

Purpose and Philosophy

The Technology Student Association provides opportunities for leadership development and training through involvement in a variety of activities. TSA promotes technology and engineering education as an integral part of the total education system. Knowledge is increased and broadened as members are informed of developments in technology. Student respect is inspired for the dignity of technology in our society. TSA encourages scholastic motivation by providing opportunities to integrate and use the knowledge and skill of other education disciplines.

Chapter activities are considered an essential and integral part of the students' development. TSA believes that every student should enter a dynamic world as leaders who are technologically literate and possess the ability to solve problems.

How TSA Develops Students

TSA uses several methods to help students with personal development. They are the leadership development program, competitive events, achievement program, and a national service project. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

Leadership Development Program: Such vital areas as public speaking, chapter team competition, group dynamics and cooperation with others are all essential parts of the TSA program. In addition, the TSA member has the opportunity to take part in local, district, state and national leadership conferences which offer the opportunity to improve on personal excellence. TSA believes students should provide leadership in activities which affect their school, community, work, and nation.

Competitive Events: TSA members compete in a variety of technology categories ranging from Dragster Design to Technical Research and Report Writing. There are two levels of competition for grades 6-12. Level I is for 6th through 9th grade and level II is for 9th through 12th grade. During the awards ceremonies the top ten finalist in each event are recognized on the platform and TSA awards the winners in each event with a first second and third place recognition.

Technology Achievement Program: The achievement Program is a self-initiated program designed to motivate students in their technology and engineering education programs and to be recognized for their efforts in leadership development, school/community service, understanding of technology, and career/personal planning. It is composed of three levels: bronze, silver, and gold. The first level of bronze is achieved at the local level, the second level of silver is achieved at the state level, and the third level of gold is achieved at the national level. Points are accumulated through a variety of projects and activities.

National Service Project: TSA promotes service to the community by carefully selecting a national organization as its service partner. TSA's partner is now the American Cancer Society. Find out how your chapter can become involved by clicking on: American Cancer Society.

TSA chapter activities are an integral part of the school technology and engineering 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 growth and participation in an environment.