State Conference

—Students from all three counties to compete—

Who: Middle and high school students from across the state

What: Delaware Technology Student Association State Conference

When: Thursday, April 26 and Friday April 27, 2012

Where: Delaware State Fairgrounds (Harrington, DE)

Why: Over 500 students and advisors from across the state will gather to demonstrate their academic and career skills in a variety of hands-on competitive events at the annual Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference.

This year’s State Conference that will be held on April 26-27 at the State Fairgrounds has had a record-breaking registration, with more than a 25% increase. Five new schools will be attending this year, with 29 chapters attending in total. There are nearly 900 entries for different events that range from CAD to Desktop Publishing to Dragster Design.

Delaware TSA’s service project this year is the American Cancer Society. A mini Relay for Life will be taking place during the conference. Chapters are encouraged to create teams and collect contributions prior to the event by going to

TSA is a youth leadership development organization for students enrolled in Technology Education classes. Professionals from many technical fields will serve as judges for the competitive events, which help prepare the students for their roles as leaders for the future. The top students selected will be eligible to represent Delaware at the National TSA Conference in Nashville, TN this summer.

TSA competitions provide a hands-on venue for learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) beyond the classroom and give students the chance to pursue academic challenges among friends with similar goals and interests. Together, chapter members work on competitive events, attend conferences on the state and national levels and organize service projects in the community. Students learn leadership as members and may also run for officer positions in their chapter, state or nation. In addition to the competitions that will take place at the conference, voting delegates will select the next team of state officers.

Media Note: April 26 is the best day for photography and videography. There will be many events to feature, including students working with robotics, drag-racing cars, structural engineering, problem solving, flight endurance, rocketry and more. Events may be photographed, but competition rules prevent shooting during student presentations. Please check in with Mike Fitzgerald, who is the Delaware TSA State Advisor when you arrive on site. A schedule of events is available on the Delaware TSA website.

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:

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

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