Virginia TSA

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Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association
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Abbreviation Virginia TSA
Motto "Learning to live in a technical world"
Formation 1971 (VA AISIA)
1978 (Virginia TSA)
Type Career and Technical Student Organization
Headquarters Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA
Membership 10,500
190 Chapters (approx.)
Leader Virginia TSA Executive Council
Main organ Technology Student Association
Parent organization VA AIASA
Website VirginiaTSA.org

The Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association (Virginia TSA) is a state delegation of the national Technology Student Association and has approximately 10,500 high and middle school members throughout six sub-regions. Virginia TSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization which promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education through competitive events, leadership development, and community involvement.

Competition[edit]

Competitive events are separated into middle school and high school levels, with students competing within their respective age group. Competitions take place at the regional, state, and national level. A component of leadership is often entailed in events at both levels, with some events being devoted to leadership.

All TSA competitions are correlated with national science, technology, engineering and mathematics standards. Members are rewarded not only with medals or trophies, but also with memories of the camaraderie and the challenge of a TSA conference. Sample middle school events include Agriculture and Biotechnology Issues, Career Prep, Electronic Gaming and Go Green Manufacturing. High school events include Animatronics, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Desktop Publishing. Visit http://www.virginiatsa.org for a complete list of the TSA competitions. Scores are out of 100 points and based upon a nationally developed rubric. Winners are chosen based on these scores. In many events, finalists (top 10) move onto a second round of competition which usually involves an interview with the judges about the project. First, second, and third place winner are awarded a trophy at the national level.[1]

History[edit]

TSA is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of Technology Education students who are presently enrolled in or have completed Technology Education courses.

While student organizations in technology education date back to the mid-1950s, Virginia TSA was officially established in 1971 as the Virginia Association of the American Industrial Arts Student Association (AIASA). In 1987, Virginia AIASA changed its name to the Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association to reflect the dynamic field of technology and STEM education.

TSA's 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 concepts through co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs.

Structure and Constitution[edit]

Virginia TSA is sub-divided into six regions. Local chapters affiliate through the state; however, certain competitions must first compete at the regional level before progressing to Technosphere. Virginia TSA is governed by the Virginia TSA Constitution and Bylaws which outlines the state association.

State Community Service Project[edit]

For 2013, Virginia TSA adopted the American Cancer Society as it's official service organization.

Technosphere[edit]

The Virginia TSA State Conference, Technosphere, is held annually in the last weekend of April or first weekend of May. The conference includes competitive events, a community service activity, mixer, and culminates with an awards ceremony. Technosphere 2013 was held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Official Attire[edit]

TSA Official Attire includes a navy blue blazer with a TSA logo patch . Official Attire also includes an official TSA tie, a white dress shirt,light grey pants or skirt, black shoes, and black socks. At the 2011 National Conference in Dallas, it was revealed that a royal blue shirt embroidered with the TSA logo would replace the white shirt in 2014. Virginia TSA unanimously voted in favour of a resolution condemning the unannounced change. The original attire will remain the official attire during Virginia TSA conferences even following 2014 (though Virginia TSA members will be required to wear the new attire at national conferences).

Virginia TSA Executive Council[edit]

The Virginia TSA Executive Council is responsible for the administration of Virginia TSA's interests. It is composed of eight state officers, six regional presidents, the past council's president, the officer's advisors, and state advisor, and the Virginia DOE Technology Education Specialist. The Officers are elected at the annual State Conference, Technosphere, and meet various times throughout the year to finalize work done through the council's seventeen committees.

2013-2014 Virginia TSA Executive Council Officers

State Officers

  • President - Caleb Gum
  • Vice President - Caleb Hurst
  • Secretary - Rob McCutcheon
  • Treasurer - Arindam Gupta
  • Reporter - Kelsey Stoner
  • Historian - Amanda Billips
  • Parliamentarian - Kurtis Gross
  • Sergeant-at-Arms - Rajan Jani
  • Immediate Past President - Jill Pritts

Regional Presidents

  • Blue Ridge - Mary Grace Sawyer
  • Northern - Shanmuka Gadiraju
  • South-Central - Kathryn Hutchins-Duda
  • Southwestern - Erin Sullivan
  • Tidewater - Brett Fochtmann
  • Valley - Sydney Walker

State Advisors

  • State Advisor: Mr. Andy Stephenson
  • Virginia DOE Technology Education Specialist: Dr. Lynn Basham

Technosphere Locations[edit]

Year Location Hotel/Conference Center National Conference Location
2009 Tysons Corner, Virginia Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner Denver, CO
2010 Tysons Corner, Virginia Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner Baltimore, MD
2011 Chantilly, VA Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles Dallas, TX
2012 Richmond, VA Greater Richmond Convention Center and Richmond Marriott Nashville, TN
2013 Richmond, VA Greater Richmond Convention Center and Richmond Marriott Orlando, FL
2014 Richmond, VA Greater Richmond Convention Center and Richmond Marriott Washington, DC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Competitions". VirginiaTSA.org. Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 

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