Local TSA chapter only one in state; provides hands-on student experience in engineering, communications and manufacturing

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Approximately 50 high school students from around the eastern Oregon region participated in a Technology Student Association (TSA) digital video competition on Oct. 18 at Blue Mountain Community College in the first steps toward qualifying for the national competition in June.

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.

The Oct. 18 competition at BMCC included students from McLoughlin High School (Milton-Freewater), Heppner High School, Riverside High School (Boardman), Ukiah High School, and Umatilla High School. Several other schools in the region, including Pendleton and Hermiston, often participate in the events as well.

The recent competition pitted students against one another in the creation of a 30-second safety video utilizing promotional graphics and structural engineering skills.

Upcoming TSA competitions include:

  • Dec. 13, 2012: Flight Endurance, Manufacturing Prototype (creation of a Christmas toy that ends up being donated)
  • Feb. 21, 2013: Animatronics, Architectural Modeling, Chapter Team
  • April 25, 2013: Dragster Design, Fashion Design, Technology Problem-Solving

For more information, contact your student’s TSA advisor or visit www.tsaweb.org.