STEM Education is an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for all students through student-focused, problem-based curricula and instruction. STEM education fosters creativity and innovation while developing communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills through a focus on authentic and appropriate context in curriculum and assessment.

Delaware TSA promotes a vision of students literate in STEM fields, and believes that participation in TSA competitions helps make that vision a reality.

TSA competitions provide a hands-on venue for learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. By participating in TSA’s competitive events, students gain a broader understanding of these specific content areas, and at the same time experience the satisfaction that comes from applying them to real-life problem solving situations.

In early April, a report on Delaware’s STEM Education was release by the Delaware STEM Council which reflects the best thinking of the 26 highly accomplished men and women that Governor Markell appointed in 2011.  The Council attempted to take a clear-eyed look at the strengths and weaknesses of the state of STEM education in public schools and establish an aggressive agenda for improving it.

The full report can be viewed on the Delaware STEM website here: www.stem.delaware.gov.


Have you ever wondered about the secret life of where your TSA stuff goes after it is turned in? The TSA State Advisor (Mr. Fitzgerald) and the TSA Management Team met with your Chapter advisors on March 23 to check in approximately 92 team entries and 268 individual entries in 28 events. All events that were due on Friday, March 23 are being processed and boxed up in order to be judged this week.

Additionally, 11 candidates for TSA State Officer’s have been interviewed. You will learn that the candidates are both exciting and dynamic. Each of them are fantastic candidates to provide exceptional leadership for Delaware TSA next year! All of the candidates are excited to have the opportunity to meet you at the voting delegates session where 2 members from each chapter have the opportunity to help determine who will be your TSA State Officer in 2012-13. Good luck in your events and we look forward to seeing each of you at State Conference April 26 & 27.


Dear chartered delegations,

I am writing to you this notice of 2 (two) proposed amendments to the bylaws.  As a reminder, the current bylaws (2008) are here for your review.  In ARTICLE XI. AMENDMENTS, the bylaws share the following procedure:

1. To amend these bylaws, the proposed amendment(s) must be submitted in writing to the President of Delaware TSA at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting.

2. The Delaware TSA Executive Committee will review all proposed amendments. All approved amendments will be submitted to the chapter delegates prior to the annual business meeting.

3. The proposed amendment(s) must be approved by two-thirds of the voting delegates present and voting at the annual meeting.

4. Each chartered delegation will be entitled to two votes for their chapter. The Delaware TSA State Advisor will be responsible for notifying in writing the chartered chapter delegations of adopted amendments within sixty (60) days of the annual meeting.

In response to the procedure this notice serves as the notification in writing within sixty (60) days of the annual meeting by the Delaware TSA State Advisor.  The 2 (two) proposed amendments are as follows:

1.     To revise the term of “technology education” to the updated terminology of “technology & engineering education” throughout the bylaws as is supported by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

2.     To add into ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP AND ORGANIZATION the following language. Section 6. The Advisor for each Chapter is to provide the State TSA Advisor (or appointed representative) with an updated list of chapter officers with contact information by the second Tuesday of October of each school year.   


Have you heard? Delaware TSA is having a Mini Relay for Life at our State Conference this year!

On April 26th, students and advisors will have the chance to participate in a Mini Relay Event through ACS and show their support for the American Cancer Society. Chapters are encouraged to create teams and collect donations prior to the event by going to www.relayforlife.org/detsade.

For more information or if there are any questions, please contact Jen Marshall.


As I’m sure you are all aware, static events are due this Friday, March 23rd! As everyone puts the last minute touches on their events, I’d like to post a few reminders.

As always, be sure to check out the 2012 State Conference page for all of the latest news and information about the State Conference.

Don’t forget to submit your community service to be counted in the Distinguished Service Award! To do so, check out the news post below.