From June 28 to July 2, more than 150 students, advisors, and parents from Delaware Technology Student Association (TSA) attended the 2016 TSA National Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee. This National Conference was the largest in TSA history, with more than 7500 individuals in attendance from across the country. It also had the largest conference attendance in Delaware TSA history. More than 110 Delaware TSA members competed in over 60 Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) focused competitive events during the conference such as medical technology, electrical applications, structural design and engineering, promotional graphics, essays on technology website design, video game design, robotics, system control technology, and more.

Highlights include:

  • Delaware students earned 15 top ten national honors.
  • Kristen Zeman (Lake Forest High School) and Laura Barnas (Postlethwait Middle School) were recognized as national Chapter Advisors of the Year.
  • Talia Collier and Anna Patterson of H. B. duPont Middle School earned the Gold achievement award.
  • P.S. duPont Middle School was recognized as a purple level school for raising more than $2000 to support the fight against cancer. Caesar Rodney High School was recognized as a silver level school for raising more than $500 in contribution to the American Cancer Society with student led community service activities through Relay for Life.

Delaware’s Results:

Place Event School District
1st Electrical Applications H.B. duPont Middle School Red Clay Consolidated
2nd Challenging Technology Issues P.S. duPont Middle School Brandywine
2nd Problem Solving Postlethwait Middle School Caesar Rodney
2nd Video Game Design Newark Charter High School Newark Charter
3rd Essays on Technology Newark Charter High School Newark Charter
3rd Website Design H.B. duPont Middle School Red Clay Consolidated
3rd Structural Design and Engineering A.I. duPont High School Red Clay Consolidated
4th Prepared Presentation Cab Calloway School of the Arts (HS) Red Clay Consolidated
5th Promotional Graphics Cab Calloway School of the Arts (HS) Red Clay Consolidated
6th Promotional Marketing H.B. duPont Middle School Red Clay Consolidated
6th Webmaster Cab Calloway School of the Arts (HS) Red Clay Consolidated
7th System Control Technology Postlethwait Middle School Caesar Rodney
9th On Demand Video Newark Charter High School Newark Charter
10th Essays on Technology P.S. duPont Middle School Brandywine
10th Medical Technology H.B. duPont Middle School Red Clay Consolidated

 

Participating Schools:

  • A.I. duPont High School
  • Cab Calloway School of Arts Middle School
  • Cab Calloway School of Arts High School
  • Caesar Rodney High School
  • Concord High School
  • Conrad School of Science Middle School
  • Conrad School of Science High School
  • Fifer Middle School
  • Gauger-Cobbs Middle School
  • H.B. duPont Middle School
  • Indian River High School
  • Lake Forest High School
  • MOT Charter Middle School
  • MOT Charter High School
  • Newark Charter High School
  • P.S. duPont Middle School
  • Postlethwait Middle School
  • Seaford Senior High School
  • Selbyville Middle School

Delaware TSA would like to thank and congratulate all of the students, teachers, and parents who helped to make this conference possible. If anyone has pictures they would be willing to share from the TSA National Conference, please email them to cwagaman@detsa.org. We hope to put together an album from the National Conference.

For more details about national TSA please visit www.tsaweb.org.


The Delaware Technology Student Association (DE TSA) State Conference was held on April 13-14, 2016 with nearly 800 students, advisors, and judges from 35 chapters from across the state to participate with nearly 1773 total contest entries in 65 contests. The top 3 medalists of each contest were recognized in each contest.

Sample contests included: Architecture, CAD, Digital Video Production, Dragster Design, Engineering Design, Flight, Maglev Vehicles, Robotics, Rocketry, Structural Engineering, System Control Technology, Video Game Design, and more. Each TSA competitive event requires students to apply engineering, technology, solve technical problems, conduct research, and invent solutions.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) dedicated to students interested in the future of invention, innovation, engineering, and technology. Through TSA, members have the opportunity to participate in technology-focused competitive events, take part in community service work, and become leaders for the organization in their school, state, and at the national level. TSA incorporates curricular and co-curricular experiences to emphasize the importance of knowledge, leadership, skill development, and teamwork.

A list of the 2016 contest winners can be found here (updated 4/29). Additionally the DETSA Voting Delegates from each chapter elected state officers to provide leadership for the organization in the 2016-17 school year.

  • Johnny Bui, President
  • Sherry Kumar, Vice President
  • Thomas Canning, Secretary
  • Alex Argo, Treasurer
  • Connor Wagaman, Reporter
  • Tyler Rouwhorst, Sergeant-At-Arms

Student finalists who were honored may additionally earn the opportunity to represent Delaware at the 38th Annual National TSA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee to be held from June 28 – to July 2 where nearly 7,000 other students who have qualified from around the world will participate.

To learn more about Delaware TSA, please visit: www.detsa.org or contact Mike Fitzgerald by phone at: 302.735.4015 or by email at: Mike.Fitzgerald@doe.k12.de.us.


On February 27th, Postlethwait Middle School will be hosting the Delaware VEX Robotics State Championship. Teams from all around the state will be competing to win one of three bids to the world tournament in Louisville, Kentucky in April. Doors are open at 8:00 am, and all are welcome.

We are seeking support for judges. Our students have worked hard all year to engineer robots that are able to launch balls across a 12′ x 12′ field in the game Nothing But Net.” To find out more about the game, please watch the video here: https://youtu.be/A8daR6qBw3M.

Events like this require the support of the community, and we are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up at http://www7.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=de_state_tournament_vex. No prior knowledge is necessary, and we will train prior to the event. We are working to ensure that each volunteer receives a free lunch in exchange for their time.

Come out and support our teams, and see what Delaware Robotics is all about!

Travis Bower, Assistant Principal at 302-856-1940 or at travis.bower@irsd.k12.de.us should you have any questions.


Hello Delaware TSA! During our November business meeting, your DETSA State Officers have started planning out the Winter Leadership Lunch for this year.

This Leadership Lunch is for those individuals who are interested in running for a state officer position in April for the 2016-2017 school year. Those in attendance will have the opportunity of working with your state officers on ways to become a better leader for your community and state. There will be multiple workshops where individuals will learn about work plan creation, interview preparation and strategies, and much more!

Invitations had been handed out during the 2015 Fall Leadership Conference, which originally stated the date was January 9th. This date has been changed to Saturday January 23, 2016, at the Collette Education Resource Center in Dover, Delaware. If you are interested in joining this event, talk to your advisor and make sure to RSVP by January 15, 2016 to Katheryn Hartley at khartley@detsa.org as soon as possible to ensure that you have a spot at the Lunch.

Additionally, the 2016 State Officer Applications will be open online very soon! Check the Delaware TSA Website at detsa.org for more updates, news, and resources.


On December 14th, your state officers volunteered at a Toys for Tots sorting event in Dover. The distribution center received thousands of toys and your officers helped out by sorting through these toys and hand-picking them for children in need this holiday season.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children across the nation. December is the season of giving, but some families cannot afford to get their children toys. Toys for Tots aids in the distribution of holiday gifts to children across the country, ensuring that every child receives a present, regardless of financial circumstances.

Over 2,000 families will be given toys that they can give to their children. The event was a success, and it was definitely an enjoyable and rewarding team-building activity. At the same time, it let us help many families and bring joy to many children for the holidays.

There are many volunteer opportunities across the state of Delaware that you and your chapter can participate in. Not only is it a great team bonding experience, but it’s also a way to give back to your community. Toys for Tots will be needing help throughout the week with this distribution of toys. If your chapter is interested, you can contact Katheryn Hartley at khartley@detsa.org for more information on how to get involved.