STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

EVENTS AND CHANGES
Updated (November 7, 2019)

Below are the events for the 2020 TSA State Leadership Conference. We will be updating all of the event documents over the next few weeks. Advisors we will be contacting you about hosting events again this year.  Please contact jesse@montanatsa.com or kirk@montanatsa.com with any questions.

Events are still being updated.  Please check back often!

Thanks and we are looking forward to a great State Leadership Conference in Billings.

 To see the rules/regulations for each event you need to 'click' on the RED buttons, this will open a Google Document where you can review and save the document.  

LEAP Requirement Overview - While working on competitive events, participants will learn and refer to The Student Leadership Challenge Five Practices for Becoming an Exemplary Leader (SLC)*.  Then, participants will develop, demonstrate, and document leadership skills and behaviors related to the Five Practices. In addition, participants will repeat the same steps in developing, demonstrating, and documenting skills and behaviors for non-competitive event leadership activities and experiences.

LEAP Resume Template

LEAP Resume Sample Document

Sponsored by Jamie Islay - Park High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 

One Trophy Division, open to both JH and HS

 

On site build event. Students will have approximately one day to build a piece of furniture using only hand tools and 2x4 material.

UPDATED: 11/04/2019

Sponsored by Josh Keller - Billings Senior High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 3 Teams

One Trophy Division, open to both JH and HS students

 

Students create a 3D computer model(s) of an engineering or machine object, such as a machine part, tool, device, or manufactured product. Participants have the opportunity to use complex computer graphic skills, tools, and processes to develop three (3)-dimensional representations of engineering subjects.

Sponsored by Ashley Brumwell

Number of Participants per Chapter: 1 Team

Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

 

Participants develop a set of architectural plans and related materials in response to an annual architectural design challenge and construct a physical, as well as a computer-generated model, to accurately depict their design. Students must demonstrate an understanding of and aptitude for architectural design, the development of plans, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) applications through construction and renovation, and modeling techniques and practices. The design problem for the current school year will be posted on the national TSA website under Competitions/Themes and Problems.

Sponsored by Mary Ellen Earnhardt - 21st CLCC - OPI

Number of Participants per Chapter: 2 Teams

One Trophy Division, open to both JH and HS

 

The purpose of this event is to provide participants the opportunity to practice preparation for a career. Participants research the career of their choice, prepare a resume and cover letter for the chosen career, and prepare to participate in a mock interview about the careers.

Sponsored by Craig Todd - Harlem Jr/Sr High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 3 Teams

One Trophy Division, open to both JH and HS students

 

Participants will produce a news release and a poster. Each of these publications will be used by Montana TSA to attract students to TSA and promote the organization in your community and around the state. The news release will give details about the TSA program at a fictitious school, the State Conference and/or the TSA competitions. The poster will promote the 2018 Montana TSA State Leadership and Skills Conference.

Sponsored by Montana TSA Executive Team

Number of Participants per Chapter: 3 Teams/Individuals
One Trophy Division, open to both JH and HS students

Submission deadline Friday, March 13, 2020, 11:59 pm.

 

Participants have the opportunity to use digital video
skills, tools, and processes to communicate, entertain,
inform, analyze, or illustrate the given year’s theme.
An extremely powerful and ubiquitous medium, video
technology has great potential, strengths, and limitations
that should be understood by all.

Sponsored by Carl Poeschl – Bozeman High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 3 Teams
Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

($5.00 materials charge per entry)

 

The purpose of the CO2 Race Car Design event is to provide the students the opportunity to cooperatively research, design, draw and construct a CO2 powered model dragster within a set of specifications. Students will have the opportunity to compete with students’ form other schools.

Sponsored by ?

Number of Participants per Chapter: 3 Teams

 

Humans need protection from weather, environmental factors, occupational hazards, and other adversarial conditions. TSA members will demonstrate an understanding of and expertise in using research and design to convey a wearable technology concept.

Participants have the opportunity to research, design, and create a portfolio and wearable prototype that reflect the current year’s published theme.
 

Sponsored by Dan Brown - Bozeman HS

Number of Participants per Chapter: 3 Teams

Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

($5.00 materials charge per entry)

 

The purpose of this contest is to test the student ability to design and fabricate a hand-launched balsa wood glider that demonstrates the principles of flight. Students will hand-launch their glider with the provided Glider Catapult - See more at:

http://www.pitsco.com/Clubs_and_Competitions/Flight_Endurance_Competition

Construction will be on the first day of the contest, and testing will occur during the  morning of the second day of the contest. The winner of the contest will be determined by the participant with the longest of 2 timed flights.

UPDATED: 11/5/19

Sponsored by Jim Stone - Glasgow High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 2 Teams

Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

($10.00 materials charge per entry)

 

The purpose of Late Brake Racer is Math and Science on wheels! Students will demonstrate their knowledge of construction, following directions, problem solving, critical thinking and record keeping. Teams will assemble test and run a vehicle that features a stopping device that allows students to accurately predict where their racer will stop.

Sponsored by Duff Gray - Billings West High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 3 Teams

One Trophy Divisions, open to both JH and HS

 

Teams are challenged to design, build and, program an autonomous robot with sensors to follow a black line. Students will use programming skills that will improve their understanding of the complexity involved in programming.

events are still being updated.

 

Please check back often!

UPDATED: 11/5/2019

Sponsored by Derrick Macaskill – Billings West High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 2 Teams

Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

($5.00 materials charge per entry)

 

The purpose of this activity is for students to cooperatively design, build, and test a magnetically levitated vehicle. Students will utilize their knowledge of magnetism, electricity, and aerodynamics to design the fastest vehicle. Participants will build a MagLev vehicle with a given set of supplies that will traverse an 16' track at the fastest speed possible.

Sponsored by Karl Schwartz - Bozeman High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 3 entrys

One Trophy Division, open to both JH and HS students

 

Students capture images and process photographic and digital prints that depict the current year’s published theme. Participants have the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of and expertise in using photographic and imaging technology processes to convey a message.

Sponsored by Eric Anderson -Billings Career Center

Number of Participants per Chapter: 4 Teams

Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

(must bring own 2 liter pop bottle)

 

The purpose of the Pop Bottle Rocketry event is to challenge the students to cooperatively research, design, construct, and test an aerodynamic rocket. This activity will incorporate math and science principals (calculating area, altitude, understanding aerodynamic forces, center of pressure and center of gravity) through a hands on approach.

Sponsored by Montana TSA

Number of Participants per Chapter: 1 Team

One Trophy Division, open to JH and HS

 

The Program Promotion display is designed to make a promotional statement about your school’s Technology program and TSA Chapter.

 

The display gives your school and students the opportunity to do a little showing-off.  Displays should in some way depict what each school’s Technology and TSA programs are about.  Displays should include, but not be limited to student leadership, community service projects and chapter/classroom activities, student projects, multimedia displays, activities or ideas that may be helpful to other teachers or students, etc.

Sponsored by ?? - School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 2 Teams

Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

 

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS), is an Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), provides a hands-on opportunity for students to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts, creativity, teamwork, and problem solving skills as they design, construct and race a solar-powered car. Participants experience the automotive design process when they research and conceptualize a design, make drawings, build a model from the design, and race the solar-powered car model.

UPDATED: 10/14/19

Sponsored by Montana TSA Executive Team

Number of Participants per Chapter: Unlimited

One Trophy Division, open to both JH and HS.

Must be submitted by… December 20, 2019.

 

The Trading Pin Design contest provides an opportunity for participants to use design and layout skills to create a graphic design promoting the Montana Technology Student Association, as well as develop a spirit of pride and enthusiasm for Montana through the trading pin to be used during the 2019 National Leadership Conference in National Harbor, near Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by Advisor Name - School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 2 Teams

Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

($5.00 materials charge per entry)

 

The purpose of the Structure Design and Construction event is to provide the students the opportunity to cooperatively design and fabricate a structure to a given set of specifications in a limited time frame. The structure will be destructively tested to determine the design efficiency of the structure.

UPDATED: 10/15/2018

Sponsored by Rob Wennerberg – Medicine Crow Middle School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 2 Teams

Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

 

The purpose of this activity is to put the student’s ability to surf the Internet to the test. Students use the World Wide Web Browser Internet Explorer to search for specific information as quickly and accurately as possible.

Sponsored by Jamie Islay - Park High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 3 Teams

Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

($5.00 materials charge per entry)

 

The purpose of this activity is to test the student’s ability to communicate in writing what a product looks like and how it is assembled in such way that their partner is able to build the product.

Sponsored by Jesse Gray - Ronan High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: 4 Teams

Two Trophy Divisions, JH and HS

 

Participants work together to demonstrate their ability to effectively use problem solving skills to develop and create a solution to a problem using the limited materials provided and the tools allowed. Completed solutions will be objectively measured and judged to determine the best and most effective solution for the stated problem.

Sponsored by Glen Bradbury - Bozeman Senior High School

Number of Participants per Chapter: No team limit

One Trophy Division, open to both JH and HS students

(There will be a $25.00 charge per entry)

 

Click to register for the Montana TSA 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 Robotics Competition (VRC).   The robot should be structurally efficient, capable of scoring in both robot and programming modes of operation, and demonstrate real-time competition in head-to-head elimination tournament matches. 2020 – The VRC game is Tower Takeover.

Sponsored by Beau Malia - Billings Career Center

Number of Participants per Chapter:
One Trophy Division, open to both JH and HS students

 

The contest is designed to assess the ability of the competitor to design and produce a sculpture of that design, as well as answer questions in a brief interview related to all aspects of his or her creation of the design. Contest Guidelines Sculpture Design and Workmanship