Competing at State the TSA Experience.
April 5, 2017, members of the John Overton High School’s TSA Club headed to the Annual State Technology Student Association Competition held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The competition held at the downtown Chattanooga Marriott Hotel and convention Center is one that students from all over the state look forward to ever year.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization in the state that is devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in areas related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Metro Nashville Public Schools has a distinct focus on STEM programs and at Overton High School two academies are specifically devoted to STEM oriented programs, the IT Academy and the Engineering Academy. Students from either academy can belong to TSA.
The TNTSA is open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses at the high school level and middle school level.
“TSA’s membership includes over 150,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society.”
Overton students competing in the state TSA events were:
Josh Brown and Trish Nguyen competing as a team in fashion design
Jose Moreno and Peyton Brewer competing in dragsters
Nancy Hoang competing in children’s stories
Emily Mai and Brianna McKenna each competed in flight endurance
Emma Weil competed in prepared presentation
Only TSA members have the opportunity to compete at exciting state conferences and then at the annual National Conference. Expert judging by technology educators and industry representatives inspires the best from participants. It is highly competitive to be a representative from your school, then your district and region to reach the state competition level.
It is as competitive as any athletic state competition!
Members are rewarded not only with medals or trophies, but also with memories of the camaraderie and the challenge of a TSA Conference.
On the day of the competition everyone was feeling excited and nervous at the same time. Everyone in hoped to qualify in their event and go on to the finals.
For Josh and Trish, this competition was their first time attending state TSA, and the competition ended much too soon. They had a great experience and learned much about what they should do the next time should they return to state – which we all expect them to do.
In Dragster Competition, both Jose Moreno and Peyton Brewer qualified for final in the time trials with Jose getting 6th place with a time of 1.200 and Peyton getting 14th place with a time of 1.444.
Unfortunately one of the Judges forgot to check one of the speculations (width of dragster with wheels), after the judge checked each of the qualifying dragsters two of the dragsters did not qualify leaving 13 dragsters for finals. One of the two dragsters belonged to Peyton leaving Jose’s Dragster to represent Overton. For the dragster finals, a bracket system was implemented to figure out placements. After each race was done Jose Place 4th overall in the bracket.
For children stories, Nancy Hoang created a pop-up book called The Shark and The Sheller. The book was about environmental awareness and depletion of resources.
In structural engineering Amy Wu and Nancy Hoang made a crane bridge, a type of moving bridge to test its efficiency. After test 8 bridges and advancing to the finals the girls were given a total of three hours build a new crane bridge that would be retested and ranked. Their bridge placed 6th in finals.
In flight endurance Emily Mai and Brianna McKenna had to weigh their planes receive an I.D. number and wait to be called up to fly their planes in front of the Judges.
For prepared presentation Emma presented a power point to the judges with the topic of “Defining your future”. Unfortunately this event was only viewable to the participant and the judges only.
At the end of the state competition came the award ceremony of each event. Awards were only given to those who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Unfortunately after A tough 3 days of fair competition Overton came up short this year receiving no awards, but this is not a bad sign for Overton because the students knew that all they had to do was just come back and try harder for next year’s state competition.