Middle School (Level I) Core Events:

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Description

Level Event Type Min Ent. Max Ent.

Max Teams

CAD Foundations

1

Individual 2 12

Career Prep

1 Individual 1 12
Chapter Team

1

Team 4 6

2

Construction Challenge

1

Team 2 4

6

Digital Photography

1 Individual 1 12
Dragster

1

Individual 1 12
Electrical Applications

1

Individual 1 12

Essays on Technology I

1

Individual 1 12

Flight

1

Individual 1 12
Inventions and Innovations

1

Team 3 5

5

Mass Production

1

Team 2 4

4

Junior Solar Sprint

1

Team 2 5

4

Prepared Speech

1

Individual 1 12
Problem Solving I

1

Team 2 2

6

Structural Engineering

1

Team 2 2

5

Tech Bowl I

1

Team 3 3

2

VEX Robotics Challenge

1

Team 2 6

6

Video Game Design I

1 Team 2 4

5

CAD Foundations: Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 per chapter) have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of CAD fundamentals as they create a two-dimensional (2D) graphic representation of an engineering part or object. An LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).This is a BYOD event. (Bring Your Own Device). Participants must bring their own computer system, power strip and CAD software.

Career Prep: Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter) conduct research on a selected technology-related career according to a theme posted on the TSA website, and use this knowledge to prepare a letter of introduction and a chronological skills resume. Semifinalists participate in a mock interview. An LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program). Pre-Work Required!

Chapter Team: Participants (team event, max of 2 teams per chapter, teams must have a minimum of 4 members and a maximum of 6 members, team members do not have to be elected officers of the local TSA chapter) demonstrate their understanding of parliamentary procedure relative to business meetings. Participants must successfully complete a written parliamentary procedures test in order to proceed to the semifinals, where they perform an opening ceremony, items of business, parliamentary actions, and perform a closing ceremony within a specified time. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

Construction Challenge: Participants (team event, max of 6 teams per chapter consisting of 2-4 students per team) submit a portfolio that documents the use of their leadership and technical skills to fulfill a community need related to construction. Semifinalists discuss their projects in a presentation/interview. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

Digital Photography: Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter) produce a digital album consisting of color or black and white digital photographs that represent or relate to a chosen theme (posted on the TSA website under Competitions/Themes and Problems) and place the album on a storage device (USB flash drive) for submission. Semifinalists produce a series of digital photographs taken at the conference site that are edited appropriately for the on-site task. Participants must bring their own camera, laptop or other device for editing and editing softwareAn individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).Pre-Requisite Required!

Dragster: Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter) design, produce working drawings for, and build a CO2-powered dragster according to stated specifications and using only certain specified materials. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program). **Drawings are submitted on-site with the completed dragster**

Electrical Applications: Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter) demonstrate knowledge of basic electrical and electronic theory. Semifinalists assemble a specific circuit from a schematic diagram (using a kit provided), make required electrical measurements and explain their solution during an interview. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

Essays on Technology: Participants (individual event, 12 participants per chapter) conduct research on specified subtopics of a broader technological area. The topic and subtopics will be posted on the TSA website under Competitions/Themes and Problems. Using the knowledge and resources gained through their research, participants will write a comprehensive essay on the one (1) subtopic that is designated on site. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

Flight: Participants (individual event, 12 participants per chapter) study the principles of flight and design in order to fabricate a glider that stays in flight for the greatest elapsed time. The glider must be designed to be launched from a catapult that is provided on site. The design process is documented in a portfolio that is submitted for evaluation. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

Inventions & Innovations: Participants (team event, max of 5 teams per chapter, consisting of 3-5 students per team) investigate and determine the need for an invention or innovation of a device, system or process and then brainstorm ideas for a possible solution. Team entries must include documentation of the team's work, a display, and a model/prototype. Semifinalists make an oral presentation to a panel of judges (who act as venture capital investors) to persuade the panel to invest in their invention/innovation. Judges interview the participants. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

Junior Solar Sprint: Participants (team event consisting of 2-5 individuals, max of 4 teams per chapter) apply STEM concepts, creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills as they design, construct, and race a solar-powered model car. A team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

Mass Production: Participants (team event consisting of 2-4 individuals, max of 4 teams per chapter) manufacture a marketable product related to the current year’s theme noted on the TSA website (www.tsaweb.org) under Competitions/Themes and Problems. The team submits a documentation portfolio of the activities involved and three identical products made during the manufacturing process. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

Prepared Speech: Participants (individual event, maximum of 12 participants per chapter) develop and deliver an oral presentation that reflects the theme of the current year’s national conference.  See the TSA website (www.tsaweb.org) under Competitions/Themes and Problems for the current conference theme. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

Problem Solving: Participants (team event, 2 members per team, max of 6 teams per chapter) use problem solving skills to develop a finite solution to a stated problem given on site. Participants work as a team to provide the best solution, which is measured objectively. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program). All tools and supplies are provided on site for the participants. Participants must provide and wear their own safety goggles. Teams whose members do not have goggles will be disqualified.

Structural Engineering: Participants (team event consisting of two individuals, max of 5 teams per chapter) apply the principles of structural design and engineering through basic research, design, construction, and destructive testing to determine the design efficiency of a structure. Details about the structure and information related to it will be posted on the TSA website (www.tsaweb.org) under Competitions/Themes and Problems. The on-site semifinalist problem will be a variation of the pre-conference problem posted on the TSA website. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

Technology Bowl I: Participants (team event, max of 2 teams per chapter, must have 3 participants per team approved by the chapter advisor) complete a written, objective test in order to qualify for oral question/response, head-to-head team competition to demonstrate knowledge of TSA leadership skills and the systems of technology. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

VEX Competition: Participants design and build a robot using the engineering design process that will best address the challenge of the designated VEX game design for the VEX  Challenge. In the TSA VEX Robotics Competition, compete in Skills Challenges that showcase programming and robot operation prowess. The robot should be structurally efficient, capable of scoring in both robot and programming modes of operation, and demonstrate real-time scoring ability in tournament matches. Rules can be found at RobotEvents.com **TSA VEX Teams must also register at RobotEvents.com for scoring and ranking within VEX.

Video Game Design: Participants (team event, max of 5 teams per chapter consisting of 2-4 students per team) develop an E-rated game that focuses on the subject of their choice. The game should be interesting, exciting, visually appealing and intellectually challenging. A working, self-launching game must be submitted on a flash drive. Games submitted in download form or on a DVD will not be judged. An individual or team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program). Pre-Requisite Required!