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Who: Middle and high school students from across the state

What: 35th annual Delaware Technology Student Association State Conference

When: Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, 2013

Where: Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington

Why: More than 619 students and advisors from across the state will gather to demonstrate their skills with 1,429 entries into 53 hands-on, minds-on competitive events at the 35th annual Delaware Technology Student Association State Conference next week. Events to be judged include architectural renovation, dragster design, engineering design, flight endurance, structural engineering, system control technology, video game design and more.

Delaware TSA’s service project this year is the American Cancer Society. Several activities are planned with donations being collected for the American Cancer Society during the conference. The goal is for all combined service activities to reach $100,000 by the end of June. In 2012, Delaware TSA reached the mark of $87,000 and was honored by National TSA with the national Spirit of Service Award.

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 Orlando this summer.

TSA competitions provide a hands-on venue for learning 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 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 25 is the best day to take photos and video. There will be many events to feature, including students working with robotics, drag-racing cars, structural engineering, problem solving, flight endurance, rocketry and more. Projects may be photographed on April 25 and students may be interviewed or photographed with permission of the contest coordinator depending upon the event. The events on April 26 are not open to photography. Please check in with Mike Fitzgerald, Delaware TSA state advisor, when you arrive on site. A schedule of events is available on the Delaware TSA website: Learn more about Delaware TSA at

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