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TSA competes for success

Technology Student Association prepares for upcoming competitions

Zeyad Zaeean, Reporter

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Technology Student Association (TSA) is planning to participate in an upcoming competition, “The Engineering Brain” Feb.13 to March 17..

“This competition will be huge for us and we are going to try to win it,” TSA sponsor Libby Settlemyer said.

Using designated materials, teams, both middle school and high school, complete a hands-on design challenge related to the annual competition theme. Teams are instructed to bring the materials needed for the competition with them on competition day.

High school teams have 90 minutes to solve 80 multiple choice questions focused on eight engineering scenarios which are related to the annual competition theme.

“We have been practicing and hopefully our practice pays off, but it will be hard, especially when time is limited,” Settlemyer said.

Each team must research and write an in-depth essay prior to their competition date. “Best in State” awards for the highest ranking teams in each state are announced in early May.

”We need more people to join and to help us lift the trophy,” Settlemyer said.

Joining TSA gives students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of STEM career interest areas and to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well.

“Always try different things and do a variety of activities and that will cause you to be more successful and experienced,” Settlemyer said.

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