The Oklahoma Technology Student Association (TSA) is the state affiliation of the Technology Student Associaton (TSA). TSA is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and is open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes more than 250,000 middle and high school students across the United States. TSA is supported by educators, parents, and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities, and much more.
Oklahoma Membership: By the Numbers
Competitive events are separated into middle school and high school levels, with students competing only with their respective age group. Oklahoma TSA hosts a fall leadership conference, statewide mini-conferences, two (2) regional conferences, and a state competition in the spring.
With more than 60 middle school and high school competitions, student members have the opportunity to apply and test their STEM skills; then members may choose to attend and/or compete at the annual National TSA Conference.
Middle school events include Biotechnology, Coding, Flight, Forensic Technology, Promotional Marketing, Structural Engineering, and Video Game Design. High school events include Animatronics, Computer Aided Design(CAD), Dragster Design, Fashion Design and Technology, Architectural Design, Photographic Technology, and Software Development.
All competitions are aligned with STEM standards, leadership skills, and 16 Career Clusters®. Expert judging by technology and engineering educators and industry representatives inspires the best from participants.
Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a national STEM-based program—funded by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)—empowering teachers, mentors, and community members to engage 5th – 8th grade students in designing, building, and racing model solar cars.
TEAMS is a STEM competition providing students in middle school and high school the opportunity to discover engineering. Students work together in teams and use practical applications of math and science to answer engineering questions about everyday, real-world challenges.
VEX Robotics is an engaging robotics competition in which students further their knowledge and skills in STEM areas. This competition is a collaborative effort of TSA and VEX Robotics, Inc.
TSA recognizes the value of strong leadership skills, and offers a customized leadership program, LEAP—which stands for “Leadership. Education. Achievement. Personal Growth.” Through this comprehensive program, student members develop leadership skills to apply to their future academic and professional careers. Members have the opportunity to hold leadership roles through elected offices at the chapter, state, and national levels, as well as through serving on working committees.
Oklahoma TSA is affiliated with the Oklahoma CareerTech science, technology, engineering and math education programs. The co-curricular CareerTech student organization (CTSO) is an integral part of the Oklahoma CareerTech System. It is one of seven CTSOs affiliated with CareerTech career areas.
Education directives at the federal and state levels focus on providing avenues for initiatives such as STEM education. TSA helps teachers meet the criteria for STEM education goals through exciting programs that include activities, competitions, leadership, and teamwork for students. In addition, all TSA activities are correlated to the Standards for Technological Literacy, as set forth by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA).