2014 National Technology Student Association Competition

Two students from Burlington High School, Jacob Huber and Harrison White, competed this year in Washington, D.C. in the 2014 National Technology Student Association Competition with 6,500 fellow students from around the country and as far as Germany.

As a team, they placed in two events. In "On-Demand Video", students were given 48 hours to complete a video that would be exactly 60s long, be filmed on-site at the event location or hotel, and contain a water bottle, shoe lace, and the phrase "Does that thing really work?" As long as they met that criteria, they could take the video in any artistic direction of their choosing. After some research online, they decided to build a lighted Heron's fountain, and narrate over a time lapse of the process. Out of hundreds of entries, we placed 9th, and the video may soon be posted on the official TSA website.

The other team event we placed in was "Technology Problem Solving". The theme of the event changes each year, but the concept remains the same: with a standard list of supplies, brainstorm, sketch, prototype, and test a device in 4hrs that will act as a solution to a given problem. This year contestants were provided with a piece of foam-core poster board, and asked to fabricate both a paper airplane and a rubber band powered launching platform. To make things more challenging, the plane must be set by the designers, but launched by the judges, forcing them to come up with some kind of easy to operate trigger mechanism. This event allows for multiple teams from each state, and has the most submissions in the conference. Harrison and Jacob together placed 8th.

Other Iowans receiving awards included Payten Bailey, a Junior at Boone High School, who placed 1st in 2D Architecture, Ron Trobaugh for the Iowa Middle School Chapter Advisor of the Year, and Scott Thorne for the Iowa High School Chapter Advisor of the Year.

For a list of finalists and competitive events: http://www.registermychapter.com/tsa/nat/results.aspx

About the Technology Student Association (TSA):

TSA is a national organization for students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Open to young people enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes more than 200,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. TSA partners with universities and other organizations to promote a variety of STEM competitions and opportunities for students and teachers. TSA is supported by educators, parents, and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence in their lives. Visit the Technology Student Association website for more information.

Article created: July 08, 2014 - 12:00 AM