TSA stands for Technology Student Association. It is a international organization focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology , Engineering, Art, and Math) competitions. There are 3 major events that are outside of the after-school meetings.
1. District Invitational. This event is held for one school day in December. Students will present their chosen event(s) in front of judges. Each event has a rubric by which they will be judged. (All of those can be found in the state and national call to conferences). The purpose of the District Invitational is to determine what students/groups qualify to attend the state conference. The cost of the District Invitational is typically around $50 per student. This includes the cost to register for districts, the bus to and from the conference and lunch. This is a school sanctioned event, therefore students are considered excused, but it is up to the student to speak to their teachers about work missed.
2. State Conference. This event is held (usually) around the third week in February. It typically runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday. During this 3-day event students will compete in their event(s) and attend leadership seminars. The cost of this trip is dependent on many factors, but is typically around $250-300 for the conference. This cost includes registration, hotel costs, dinner two of the nights, a light breakfast each morning, and some snacks. This is a school sanctioned event, therefore students are considered excused, but it is up to the student to speak to their teachers about work missed for the two school days missed.
3. National Conference. This is typically the 3rd or 4th week of June. Students are invited to Nationals based on placement at the State Conference. Costs are dependent on location of nationals and extra activities we chose to participate in. Costs range from $1300-2000, which includes airfare, hotel, transportation, entrance into sight-seeing activities, and conference registration.