The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes more than 250,000 middle and high school students across the United States. TSA is supported by educators, parents, and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities, and much more.
TSA is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, 501(c)(3) that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, creed, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, or disability.
Membership: By the Numbers
• 250,000+ middle and high school student members
• 100 percent likely to graduate from high school
• 75 percent college-bound
• 39 percent minority representation
• More than 2,500 teachers (advisors)
• 2,000+ schools in 48 states
TSA provides rules and guidelines for more than 60 middle school and high school competitions. Students are challenged to use and improve their STEM skills in team and individual events in such areas as: technology, communication, design and engineering, environmental systems, transportation, and manufacturing. All competitions are aligned with STEM standards, leadership skills, and 16 Career Clusters®. TSA members have the opportunity to compete at exciting state conferences and then at the annual National TSA Conference. Expert judging by technology and engineering educators and industry representatives inspires the best from participants.
Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a national STEM-based program—funded by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)—empowering teachers, mentors, and community members to engage 5th – 8th grade students in designing, building, and racing model solar cars.
TEAMS is a STEM competition providing students in middle school and high school the opportunity to discover engineering. Students work together in teams and use practical applications of math and science to answer engineering questions about everyday, real-world challenges.
VEX Robotics is an engaging robotics competition in which students further their knowledge and skills in STEM areas. This competition is a collaborative effort of TSA and VEX Robotics, Inc.
TSA chapters take the study of STEM 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 learn and apply leadership skills. Chapters also are committed to a national service project and are among the most service-oriented groups in the community. Members may become officers within their state and then run for national office.
Education directives at the federal and state levels focus on providing avenues for initiatives such as STEM education. TSA helps teachers meet the criteria for STEM education goals through exciting programs that include 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 activities during the school day in their classroom, and extend the learning beyond the classroom through a TSA chapter.