The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Division of Energy & Climate teamed up with the Delaware Technology Student Association (TSA) to host its annual Junior Solar Sprint competition, which challenges middle school students to build a race car solely powered off of solar power energy. Springer Middle School STEM teacher Stephen Saddler believes that kids getting this hands-on experience is important, while also learning about the basics of STEM, like how a gear works. “They learn how to work in the technical world. They need to know how to use this stuff,” said Saddler. “[Solving] different problems that they have to get through and, even if they don’t, they have fun and that is what matters.” Click here for more!
Middle and high school students throughout Delaware converged on the State Fairgrounds to compete in the 40th Delaware Technology Student Association State Conference Wednesday. Homemade drag-racing cars, rockets, and magnetic levitation devices were all over two exhibit halls, with competitors going after a coveted blue ribbon. Click here for more!
The 40th annual Delaware Technology Student Association (DETSA) conference will be held on April 25-26, 2018 at the State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Attendance over the 2 day conference will reach 1,000 students, advisors, alumni, coordinators, and judges representing business, industry, and post-secondary institutions. Medalists will earn the opportunity to represent Delaware at the International TSA Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia (June 22-26, 2018) where over 7,000 participants from around the world will attend and compete.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Open to students enrolled in or who have completed STEM courses, nationally TSA’s membership includes over 250,000 middle and high school students in approximately 2,000 participating schools spanning 48 states. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in STEM education as both a civic and economic necessity. Members learn through exciting competitive events, practicing leadership skills, and organizing community service activities. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA as a positive influence in their lives. Members of the media are invited to attend the state conference. Contact Mike Fitzgerald by phone at 302.735.4015 (office) or 765.717.3548 (mobile) and via email at: Mike.Fitzgerald@doe.k12.
Meilin Morris, an 8th grader at Postlethwait Middle School, has made a big impact on TSA and her community in only one year! She has fallen in love with the creative aspect of Children Stories and Digital Photography. Partaking in these competitions has allowed her to build a strong work ethic, which has translated into her ability to help her community. Outside of TSA, Meilin is a valuable community member through extensive community service projects led by National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and Riders Reaching Out, both of which are organizations based heavily on volunteering. She has spent the majority of time volunteering at her own school and the Charlton School to directly support her school community. Meilin loves TSA’s independent and collaborative events. That way, she can have fun with friends some of the time, and be wholly responsible for her own events other times. She says that there is no better feeling than the “sense of pride in our work when we finish.” Although Meilin is unsure of her career path, she plans to constantly keep learning and volunteering to better herself and her community!
Be sure to check out the TSA Achievement Awards Program! By completing certain tasks through TSA, technical fields, or leadership, you can earn points and apply for a bronze, silver, or gold achievement award. Many of the tasks you may already have done through time in TSA. The Achievement Awards is a great way to increase your involvement in TSA and become better engineers, students, and leaders. Applications are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 17th.