Schools prep for Feb. 21 TSA competition at BMCC

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Six high schools will participate in a Technology Student Association (TSA) competition focused on teamwork, architectural modeling and animatronics on Feb. 21 at Blue Mountain Community College. The competition is one of three toward qualifying for the national competition in June.

Schools expected to send students to participate in the competition include Heppner High, Umatilla High, McLoughlin (MacHi) High (Milton-Freewater), Riverside High (Boardman), Ukiah High, and Hermiston High. Around 50 students from these schools are expected to participate.

The eastern Oregon TSA chapter is the only TSA chapter in the state, which means the four annual regional competitions also serve as state competitions, allowing students to qualify for nationals. This chapter of the national association was established eight years ago by regional high school instructors who thought the variety of competitive events in all areas of design – engineering, manufacturing and communications – and leadership would serve the small schools of the eastern Oregon area well. Most events are hands-on and require speaking and writing components.

Another TSA competition is scheduled for April 25 at BMCC, and will focus on dragster design, fashion design, and technology problem-solving. A previous competition was held in December that pitted students against one another in the creation of a 30-second safety video utilizing promotional graphics and structural engineering skills.

For more information, contact your school’s TSA advisor, or visit