Events Guide

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Photographic Technology

Prepared event
Individual event

Create a portfolio of images based on a theme. The preliminary round is judged by portfolio and the semifinal round is judged on a new portfolio made onsite and an interview.

Board Game Design

Prepared event
Team or individual event

Build a board game. The preliminary round is judged by the board game and a portfolio and semifinal round is based on the presentation and interview.

Video Game Design

Prepared event
Team or individual event

Developed and document a video game that focuses on the annual theme. The preliminary round is judged by the video game and portfolio and the semifinal round is additionally based on the interview.

Digital Video Production

Prepared event
Team or individual event

Develop a digital video (with sound) and portfolio that reflects the theme for the year. The preliminary round is judged on the digital video and portfolio and the semifinal round is additionally judged based on the interview.

Senior Solar Sprint

Prepared event
Team event

Design, build, and race a model solar vehicle that carries a payload.

Technology Bowl

Onsite event
Team event

Demonstrate your knowledge of TSA and concepts addressed in the technology content standards by completing a written, objective test; semifinalist teams participate in question/response, head-to-head team competition.
Officers to talk to: Daniel, Rishi

Prepared Presentation

Onsite event
Individual event

Prepare to deliver an oral presentation, using a digital slide deck, on an annual topic. The preliminary round and the semifinal round are judged based on the presentation.
Officers to talk to: Justin

Structural Design and Engineering

Onsite event
Team event

Apply the principles of structural design and engineering through research, design, construction, destructive testing, and assessment to determine the design efficiency of the structure.

Audio Podcasting

Prepared event
Team or individual event

Create a podcast about this year’s prompt: product review of a product used daily by high school aged students. Test your skills in storytelling, voice acting, and sound design.

Extemporaneous Speech

Onsite event
Individual event

Draw a card and talk about the prompt on the card for 3-5 minutes about a technology or TSA related topic.

CAD Architecture

Onsite event
Individual event

Use computer graphic skills, tools, and processes to develop representations of architectural subjects such as foundation and/or floor plans, and/or elevation drawings, and/or details of architectural ornamentation or cabinetry.

CAD Engineering

Onsite event
Individual Event

With time constraints, use CAD to make a 3D representation of a product. The preliminary round is judged on a 3D drawing and the semifinal round is judged based on the design solution and interview.
Officers to talk to: Nicole, Rishi

Geospacial Technology

Prepared event
Individual event

Interpret geospatial data in multiple formats and formulate projections about this year’s prompt: research a local, regional, state, or national weather issue.

Coding

Onsite event
Individual Event

You are given a few coding or logic problems and must solve them in a constrained amount of time. The preliminary round is judged based on a test and the semifinal round is judged based on the design and construction of the solution.
Officers to talk to: Rishi, Sidd

Manufacturing Prototype

Prepared event
Team event

Create a product that addresses the theme on the TSA website. Then, an on-site challenge is given to allow teams to demonstrate their product and give a promotional “sales pitch” to the judge.

Virtual Reality

Prepared event
Team or individual event

Use video and 3D computer graphics tools to communicate, inform, analyze, and/or illustrate a given topic based on the theme.

Dragster Design

Prepared event
Invididual event

Build a Carbon Dioxide powered dragster according to stated specifications.

Promotional Design

Prepared event
Individual event

Use computer graphics to produce a promotional resource.

System Control Technology

Onsite event
Team event

Collaborate to develop a computer-controlled model-solution to a problem, typically one from an industrial setting. Teams analyze the problem, build a computer-controlled mechanical model, program the model, explain the program and mechanical features of the model–solution, and leave instructions to the judges.

Children's Stories

Prepared event
Invdividual or team event

Write and illustrate a children’s story written in the form of any story structure. It should be designed to meet the year’s given theme.

Drone Challenge

Prepared event
Team event

Create an unmanned aerial vehicle according to the specifications and following the yearly theme.

Music Production

Prepared event
Individual or team event

Produce an original music piece that is energizing, interesting, and of the TSA spirit!

On Demand Video

Onsite event
Team event

In the 36 hours following the event orientation meeting, teams will film and edit a short video in response to the on-site challenge. All video footage is original work and can be edited on any nonlinear editing system.

Debating Technological Issues

Onsite event
Team event

Prior to competition, participants may research the defined subtopics of discussion and must prepare a summary or references. At the preliminary round, two teams will debate the pros and cons of one sub topic. Semifinalists will attend another debate following the same procedure.

Software Development

Prepared event
Team event

Teams will design, implement, test, and document a software development project in advance of the competition. The project should have plausible educational or social value.
Officers to talk to: Rishi, Daniel

Architectural Design

Prepared event
Team and individual event

Teams will develop a set of architectural plans and construct a physical and computer generated model in response to an annual design challenge. A short presentation/interview will be conducted at the onsite semifinal round.

Essays on Technology

Onsite event
Individual event

Participants will have two hours to hours to prepare an essay given a writing prompt and two or more articles on a current technological topic.

Fashion Design and Technology

Prepared vent
Team event

Participants will design a wearable prototype with technological elements and develop a documentation portfolio. Quality of the garment criteria and documentation portfolio criteria will determine the semifinalists. Semifinalists attend a short presentation/interview to share their designs.

Data Science and Analytics

Prepared and onsite event
Team event

Participants collect and analyze data to make predictions about the outcomes. Participants should submit documentation of research and a digital scientific poster and give a short presentation as part of the preliminary round. Semifinals entails a twenty-four hour onsite challenge in which participants visually represent a data set.

Flight Endurance

Prepared event
Individual event

Participants will build, fly, and trim a rubber-band powered model aircraft to make long endurance flights indoors. The model will be built ahead of the conference for onsite testing and demonstration.

Engineering Design

Prepared event

Participants develop a solution to an annual theme that is based on a specific challenge noted by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), which highlights grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century. The solution will include a documentation portfolio, a display, and a model/prototype. Semifinalists deliver a presentation and participate in an interview.

Technology Problem Solving

Onsite event
Team event

Participants use problem-solving skills to design and construct a finite solution to a challenge provided onsite at the conference. Solutions are evaluated at the end of 90 minutes using measures appropriate to the challenge, such as elapsed time, horizontal or vertical distance, and/or strength.

Forensic Science

Prepared and onsite event
Team event

Participants take a written test of basic forensic science theory to qualify as semifinalists. Semifinalist teams will examine a mock crime scene and demonstrate their knowledge of forensic science and crime scene analysis. Students will be expected to survey the scene and use proper techniques to collect evidence from the mock crime scene. Students then will collect their data and perform a detailed written analysis of the crime scene.

Biotechnology Design

Prepared event
Team event

Participants select a contemporary biotechnology problem that addresses the annual theme and demonstrates understanding of the topic through documented research, the development of a solution, a display (including an optional model or prototype), and an effective multimedia presentation. Semifinalists deliver a presentation and participate in an interview.

Transportation Modeling

Prepared event
Individual event

Participants research, design, and produce a scale model of a vehicle that complies with the annual design problem. A display for the model and a documentation portfolio – containing elements such as a description of the vehicle, photographs and commentary detailing the vehicle production, and technical illustrations – are required. Semifinalists participate in an interview.

Animatronics

Prepared event
Team and individual event

Participants demonstrate knowledge of mechanical and control systems by designing, fabricating, and controlling an animatronics device that will communicate, entertain, inform, demonstrate and/or illustrate a topic, idea, subject, or concept. Sound, lights, and a surrounding environment must accompany the device.

Webmaster

Prepared event
Team event

Participants design, build, and launch a website that addresses the annual challenge. Semifinalists participate in an interview to demonstrate the knowledge and expertise gained during the development of the website.

Future Technology Teacher

Prepared event
Individual event

Applying leadership and 21st century skills, participants create a video for an application in the classroom, and a lesson plan activity that correlates to the standards for technological literacy utilizing the application. Semifinalists communicate their design process through participation in a semifinal interview.

For more information, go to the Washington TSA website and the event guide in our drive.