- TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) is a one-day competition for students in middle and high school that allows them to apply their knowledge of skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to issues facing our global society. Focused on an annual theme, original academic and innovative concepts are developed for the competition based on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. Engaging in the challenges requires critical job-readiness skills such as teamwork, analytical thinking, and multi-dimensional problem solving.
- The TSA VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) and the TSA VEX IQ Challenge (VEX IQ) each provide students with a hands-on, co-curricular competition for learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). These events complement the existing technology-related competitions offered by the Technology Student Association (TSA). The format of the TSA VEX competitions is designed to provide students with the same action-packed experience of VEX events and enable team members to participate in other national TSA conference competitions and activities.
- Junior Solar Sprint–Supported by the US Army since 2001, Junior Solar Sprint offers resources to empower teachers, mentors, and other community members to engage 5th-8th grade youth in the designing, building, and racing of model solar cars. Through JSS, students develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on STEM skills to build the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible. JSS challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork. The online resources for Junior Solar Sprint includes educational materials, supplementary instructional videos, connections to outside resources, and ‘how to’ guides to implement curriculum and races – everything needed for a teacher or mentor to bring Junior Solar Sprint to youth in their community.
- Verizon App Challenge – TSA is pleased to continue the partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge for the sixth consecutive year. The App Challenge is a competition for middle and high school students. Working with an adult sponsor, teams of five to seven students will use STEM skills, knowledge, ingenuity and creativity to develop and submit an original mobile app concept that addresses a real need or problem in their school or community. Schools do not need to be affiliated with TSA to participate. Non-profit clubs and groups are also eligible to participate. Teams submit their design concepts online through a three-minute video and an essay. “Best in State” teams will be selected and recognized. Winning teams will receive mobile devices, thousands in cash for the schools, and the opportunity to be coached by MIT Media Lab professionals to build their app and bring it to Google Play store. The winning students retain intellectual property rights to their app.