Competition Updates


Please note: For all entries that require documentation materials (comprising a “portfolio”) secured in a clear front report cover, visit this site for a sample report cover. 



Competitive Events Eligibility, page 28 should read:
Electrical Applications: one (1) team of two (2) individuals per chapter



General Rules and Regulations – For letter B, eliminate "Other than for the VEX event"; therefore the rule should read, “TSA members, advisors, and chapters must be currently affiliated with TSA in order to enter any competitive event.” Updated 12/12/16

Team Eligibility
Unless otherwise designated in a competition’s eligibility guideline, the maximum size of a team is six (6) members. Updated 1/13/17

HS guide, Competitive Events Eligibility chart (page 27)
The eligibility for Future Technology Teacher should read “two (2) individuals per chapter” Updated 12/9/16


For the high school events listed here, the LEAP rubric “Exemplary” text should read as noted below.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
Debating Technological Issues
Engineering Design
Fashion Design and Technology
On Demand Video
Software Development

Exemplary (for individual events)               Exemplary (for team events)

The individual’s efforts are clearly                The team’s efforts are clearly
communicated, fully-detailed, and                communicated, fully-detailed, and
convincing. Identification and/or                    convincing. Identification and/or
incorporation of the LEAP Be. Know.            incorporation of the LEAP Be. Know.
Do. criteria is excellent.                                   Do. criteria is excellent.

Updated 10/13/16

HS Architectural Design
The Official Rating Form, Semifinalist Presentation/Interview, minimal performance criteria for Team Participation should read: The individual/majority of the team is minimally engaged in communicating with judges. Updated 2/27/17

HS 3D Animation
ELIGIBILITY should read: Participants are limited to three (3) teams of two to six (2-6) members per state. Updated 10/24/16

Please note updated Regulations D and H below.

D. Participants will provide their own computer systems for the on-site portion of the competition. Each team member, to a maximum of six (6), may have one (1) laptop/desktop loaded with desired software; one (1) monitor; power strip; 20' extension cord; paper; and pencils.

H.  Semifinalist teams must transfer all files to a single computer, either with a USB flash drive or external hard drive, to create the final rendered animation. The judges will only view the final rendered animation on a single computer; no other computers from the semifinalist teams will be viewed during the evaluation process. Semifinalist teams leave their equipment and entry for judging and return to claim their equipment at the time and place stated in the conference program. Updated 2/16/17

HS Biotechnology Design
(page 59) Eligibility should read “Participants are limited to three (3) teams per state, two to six (2-6) members per chapter.”

HS Chapter Team
The Official Rating Form (at the top) should include the following text:
Updated 11/4/16

HS Children’s Stories
The electronically enhanced book created for this event should be for children 4-8 years old. Updated 9/15/17

HS Coding

There is no required programming language for this event. Students may use the language of their choice, however, Java, C++, or Python is recommended. 

Teams are strongly encouraged to bring a fully-charged laptop and spare battery for this competition. Updated 12/16/16

Participants will be presented with a series of coding problems that must be completed on site at the conference. Evaluation will be based on the successful completion of the problems and the time in which it takes students or teams to complete all the challenges.

In addition to the specific HS Coding competition rules and regulations, students also must adhere to TSA’s general rules (found in the HS competitive events guide).

The USA Computing Olympiad website and the ACM-ICPC International website are helpful resources for the Coding event. Additional resources that can be used to prepare for the event are listed below:






Updated 9/29/16

HS Debating Technological Issues
The Official Rating Form (top of page 148) should read:

HS Digital Video Production
This event consists of two (2) separate video components:
1. A 30-second public service announcement (PSA)
2. A three (3) minute digital video
Both the 30-second PSA and the three (3) minute video should reflect the current year’s theme.
For more information, go to this link:  Themes and ProblemsUpdated 3/2/17

HS Dragster Design

HS Extemporaneous Speech
The Official Rating Form (at the top) should include the following text:

Updated 11/4/16

HS Technology Problem Solving
Procedure E should read, “Each team also is required to bring the following items:” Updated 1/27/17

HS Software Development
The Official Rating Form (top of page 300) should read:

HS Structural Design and Engineering

In reference to the 2018 HS Structural Design Specifications, please refer to and use the updates listed below:

Construction Constraints
4. The 1/32” balsa wood sheets cannot be laminated with the grain running parallel or in the same direction. However, it can be glued cross grain or like a lap joint as noted above.
5. The 16" length must be maintained for the entire length of the two crane truss girder structures.

HS Technology Bowl
The Official Rating Form (at the top of page 345) should include the following text:
Adherence to the resume specification determines a participant’s eligibility to take the Technology Bowl written test. Updated 11/21/16

VEX Robotics Competition

The LEAP Resume will not be required for participants competing in VEX at the national TSA conference.