TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATION
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who have a strong interest in technology. TSA was chartered in 1978 and since then over 2,000,000 students have participated in its program. Members learn through challenging competitions, leadership activities and community service. Montana received it's charter July 24, 1991.
TSA chapters take the study of STEM (science, technology, engineering, 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 have a good time raising funds to get there. Chapter organization develops leadership, as members may become officers within their state and then run nationally. Our chapters are committed to a national service project and are among the most service-oriented groups in the community.
Students are exposed to leadership learning and opportunities through officer and committee level participation, as well as through Leadership Lessons -- a CD each TSA advisor receives which includes leadership content that can be incorporated into the classroom and/or into chapter meetings.
As students work on TSA related projects, they learn to engage as a team, to accept and give recognition, to increase their knowledge and to help others. TSA provides the structure for a successful group experience, shaped and managed by the student membership with the assistance of an adult advisor.
Curriculum Integration -- Meeting STEM Criteria Through TSA Participation
Education directives at the federal and state levels focus on providing avenues for initiatives such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. TSA helps teachers meet the criteria for STEM education goals through exciting programs that include technology activities, competitions, leadership, and teamwork for students. In addition, all TSA activities are correlated to the Standards for Technological Literacy, as set forth by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). Teachers can use TSA’s activities during the school day in their classroom and extend the learning beyond the classroom through a TSA chapter.
Why JOIN TSA?
Perhaps the most important benefit of TSA membership is the inspiration and enthusiasm that students gain from receiving recognition for applying their knowledge. Demonstrating skills in a forum beyond school walls motivates students, especially when there is a large, like-minded audience of peers who support them. Other benefits include:
Enhance technological literacy and leadership skills
Work on complex activities from start to finish
Compete on local, state and national levels
Develop leadership skills
Meet and work with business and industry leaders
Attend organized meetings
Network with students and teachers with similar interests from all over the United States
Contribute time and effort to a national service project
Receive national membership services, including the online TSA newsletter, School Scene
Receive recognition through TSA’s honor society, scholarships and achievement programs
WHO ARE TSA MEMBERS?
TSA's membership includes over 190,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states.
are more likely to graduate from high school.
35% female and/or minority representation.
are students from different races and ethnic backgrounds, with different grade point averages and outlooks.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions and related programs.
"Learning to lead in a technical world."