Technology Student Association

Technology Student Association

Technology Student Association
Motto "Learning to live in a technical world."
Formation 1978
Type Youth organization
Legal status Non-profit organization
Headquarters Reston, VA
Region served  United States
Membership 200,000
2,000 (Chapters)
Official language English

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is an international student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 200,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states.


Competitive events are separated into middle school and high school levels, with students competing only with their respective age group. Competitions take place at the local, state, regional and national level. A component of leadership is often entailed in events at both levels, with some events being devoted to leadership (such as the Leadership Challenge).

All TSA competitions are correlated with national science, technology, engineering and mathematics standards. Expert judging by technology educators and industry representatives inspires the best from participants. Members are rewarded not only with medals or trophies, but also with memories of the camaraderie and the challenge of a TSA conference. Sample middle school events include Agriculture and Biotechnology Issues, Career Prep, Electronic Gaming and Go Green Manufacturing. High school events include Animatronics, Computer Aided Design (CAD)and Desktop Publishing. Visit for a complete list of the TSA competitions. .[1] Scores are out of 100 points and based upon a nationally developed rubric. Winners are chosen based on these scores. In many events, finalists (top 10) move onto a second round of competition which usually involves an interview with the judges about the project. First, second, and third place winner are awarded a trophy at the national level.[2]


TSA became an independent organization in 1978, when AIASA Inc. was formed to oversee the activities of the American Industrial Arts Student Association. Between the foundation of AIASA as an independent organization (it had formerly been a part of the American Industrial Arts Association) and 1988, the association grew and began to take shape.[3]

In 1988, the AIASA changed its name to the Technology Student Association as part of a shift in focus from industrial arts to mainstream technology. This action followed a similar name change by the Texas state delegation the previous year. In 1989, the official logo,submitted by a chapter advisor, was adopted. In 1990, the logo received a trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.[3]

Today, the Association has grown to include over 200,000 members in 2,000 secondary schools across 48 states.[1] It has established an Honor Society, manages numerous competitive events and has partnerships with several organizations.

TSA's Mission Statement: The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs.


The levels of TSA are national, state, and local with a unified membership structure. Local chapters, established by advisors and students in schools with technology education programs, are led by a group of officers. Students at the local level work on projects and compete at local, state and national conferences.

State associations are led by a team of state officers, sometimes called an executive council. TSA State Advisors oversee the state delegations. State officers are usually elected by voting delegates from each state chapter.

On the national level, The TSA, Inc. Board of Directors leads the association. The national staff administer programs as decided by the TSA, Inc. Board of Directors and a six member national officer team supports these efforts and represents them to the membership. The national officers are elected by voting delegates from each chapter during the annual national TSA conference. The six National Offices are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter and Sergeant-at-Arms. These offices form the basic core of most local and state teams, although others have been added in some cases.

State, national and local conferences offer members a chance to compete in various competitive events and attend leadership building events. General Sessions involving a keynote speaker, awards ceremonies, and service project activities are common.

Program Initiatives

Junior Solar Sprint – A national STEM based program empowering teachers, mentors and other community members to engage 4th – 8th grade youth in designing, building and racing model solar cars. TEAMS – (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) – An annual one-day competition for students in middle and high school that allows them to apply their knowledge and skills in STEM to solve issues facing our global society. TSA VEX Robotics Competition – An engaging competition platform through which students are exposed to the latest in robotics education, and concurrently, to opportunities that will further their knowledge in STEM areas. The TSA VEX Robotics Competition is made possible through funding from VEX Robotics, Inc. UNITE – A four to six week summer program, funded by the U.S. Army Research Office, encouraging high school students to pursue engineering careers. Through hands-on activities and team-based learning, students explore the connections between math, science and real-world applications. Verizon Innovative App Challenge – Middle school and high school students use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity, and their creativity to come up with a mobile app concept that meets the needs of their school or community. The goal of the challenge is to provide an engaging and empowering learning experience to increase student interest and knowledge in STEM and mobile technology fields.

Additionally, TSA has a service partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), which are parts of their National Service Project. TSA members raise money to promote advocacy and research in the ACS, and the ACS issues Spirit of Service awards at each national conference. In the past, conferences have hosted Relay for Life events on site.[4]

Incumbent National Officers

Office Incumbent State
President Steven Stokes Missouri
Vice President Leigh Anne Hamlin Georgia
Secretary Laura Wilson Georgia
Treasurer Jay Son Tennessee
Reporter Joshua Mathew North Carolina
Sergeant-at-Arms A.C. Williams Georgia

Notable alumni

National Conference Locations

Year Host State Location Hotel/Conference Center
1978 (as AIASA) Same as location Memphis, Tennessee unknown
1980 (as AIASA) Same as location Gatlinburg, Tennessee unknown
1981 (as AIASA) Same as location Tulsa, Oklahoma unknown
1982 (as AIASA) Same as location Norfolk, Virginia unknown
1983 (as AIASA) Same as location Houston, Texas unknown
1984 (as AIASA) Same as location Knoxville, Tennessee unknown
1985 (as AIASA) Same as location Orlando, Florida unknown
1986 (as AIASA) Same as location Wichita, Kansas unknown
1987 (as AIASA) Same as location Baton Rouge, Louisiana unknown
1988 Same as location Downingtown, Pennsylvania unknown
1989 Same as location Winston-Salem, North Carolina unknown
1990 Same as location Corpus Christi, Texas unknown
1991 Same as location Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Convention Center
1992 Same as location Richmond, Virginia unknown
1993 Same as location Nashville, Tennessee unknown
1994 Same as location Orlando, Florida unknown
1995 Same as location Chicago, Illinois Hyatt-O'Hare Regency
1996 Same as location Louisville, Kentucky Galt House Hotel
1997 Same as location Washington, D.C. Hilton Towers
1998 Same as location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania unknown
1999 Same as location Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Convention Center
2000 Same as location Atlanta, Georgia Hyatt Regency Atlanta
2001 Same as location Richmond, Virginia Greater Richmond Convention Center
2002 Same as location Denver, Colorado Adams Mark Denver
2003 Same as location Orlando, Florida Rosen Centre Hotel
2004 Same as location Nashville, Tennessee Gaylord Opryland
2005 Same as location Chicago, Illinois Sheraton Chicago
2006 Same as location Dallas, Texas Adams Mark Dallas
2007 Same as location Nashville, Tennessee Gaylord Opryland
2008 Same as location Orlando, Florida Rosen Shingle Creek
2009 Same as location Denver, Colorado Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
2010 Delaware Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Convention Center / Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor / Hilton Baltimore Hotel
2011 Same as location Dallas, Texas Gaylord Texan
2012 Same as location Nashville, Tennessee Gaylord Opryland
2013 Same as location Orlando, Florida Rosen Shingle Creek
2014 Virginia/Maryland Washington, D.C. Gaylord National
2015 Texas/Oklahoma Dallas, Texas Gaylord Texan

State Delegations

  • Alabama TSA
  • Alaska TSA
  • Arizona TSA
  • Arkansas TSA
  • California TSA
  • Colorado TSA
  • Connecticut TSA
  • Delaware TSA
  • Florida TSA
  • Georgia TSA
  • Germany TSA
  • Idaho TSA
  • Illinois TSA
  • Indiana TSA
  • Iowa TSA
  • Kansas TSA
  • Kentucky TSA
  • Louisiana TSA
  • Maine TSA
  • Maryland TSA
  • Massachusetts TSA
  • Michigan TSA
  • Minnesota TSA
  • Mississippi TSA
  • Missouri TSA
  • Montana TSA
  • Nebraska TSA
  • Nevada TSA
  • New Hampshire TSA
  • New Jersey TSA
  • New Mexico TSA
  • New York TSA
  • North Carolina TSA
  • North Dakota TSA
  • Ohio TSA
  • Oklahoma TSA
  • Oregon TSA
  • Pennsylvania TSA
  • Peru TSA
  • Rhode Island TSA
  • South Carolina TSA
  • South Dakota TSA
  • Tennessee TSA
  • Texas TSA
  • Turkey TSA
  • Utah TSA
  • Virginia TSA
  • Washington TSA
  • West Virginia TSA
  • Wisconsin TSA
  • Wyoming TSA

See also


  1. ^ a b "Our Story". Technology Student Association. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Competitions". Technology Student Association. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  3. ^ a b "History". Technology Student Association. 1995-04-24. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  4. ^ "National Service Project". Technology Student Association. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 

External links

  • Official TSA Website
  • Office of Vocational and Adult Education (USDOE)