MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL
Please note: For all entries that require documentation materials (comprising a “portfolio”) secured in a clear front report cover, visit this site to view a sample report cover.
The theme for the 2020 National TSA Conference in Nashville, TN is "Inspire a Shared Vision."
Competitive Events Eligibility, page 28, should read:
Electrical Applications: one (1) team of two (2) individuals per chapter
MS Chapter Team NOTE: Individual participants will no longer be eligible, nor qualify, for an individual award, nor receive a trophy. Participants in this event will compete as a team of six (6) in both the preliminary (written exam) and the semifinal (oral presentation) rounds.
LEAP requirements, page 61, have been updated to read as follows: A team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).
EVALUATION, page 63, rule 1a has been eliminated. The new EVALUATION guidelines are as follows:
Evaluation is based on:
1. Written exam—Scores on a test of fifty (50) questions determine the semifinalist teams for the oral presentation
a. Each team’s average written test score is used to determine the twelve (12) semifinalist teams.
b. A team’s average test score is included in the final results.
2. The content and quality of the LEAP Response (semifinalist teams only). Refer to the official rating form for more information. Updated 11/27/17
For both the middle and high school Chapter Team events, each individual on the team will take the written test. All six (6) of the individual’s written test scores will be averaged together to determine the team’s score. Updated 2/28/18
The Official Rating Form (at the top) should read:
MS Flight The Official Rating Form (semifinal and overall event point total) should read:
MS JSS The Official Rating Form (at the top) should read:
Participants may choose to wear either the TSA approved JSS T-shirt or official TSA competition attire at the JSS time trials and semifinals events.
T-shirts will be distributed to each participating team member in the JSS event at the 2019 national TSA conference. Updated 9/5/18
MS Mechanical Engineering
Clarification of regulations A.1.g and A.1.h: Teams must submit a project safety verification document and a photographic verification of work document. Each team must create these documents, there are no standard forms. Updated 5/7/18
MS Prepared Speech
MS Problem Solving
MS Tech Bowl
NOTE: Individual participants will no longer be eligible, nor qualify, for an individual award, nor receive a trophy. Participants in this event will compete as a team of three (3) in both the preliminary (written exam) and the semifinal (oral presentation) rounds.
LEAP requirements (page 272) have been updated to read as follows: A team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).
EVALUATION (page 274) rule A1 has been eliminated. The new EVALUATION guidelines are as follows for letters A and D:
A. Preliminary round/written exam: Scores on a test of fifty (50) multiple choice questions will determine the semifinalist teams for the oral competition portion of the event.
D. Awards: first-place, second-place, and third-place awards are made for the oral competition portion of the event. Updated 11/27/17
For both the middle and high school Tech Bowl events, each individual on the team will take the written test. All three (3) of the individual’s written test scores will be averaged together to determine the team’s score. Updated 2/28/18
HS Architectural Design
- This event requires competitors to complete research before beginning a design.
- Each team should create one design that can be effectively reproduced or manufactured.
- Flatbed truck beds vary in size (as noted on the picture example included in the Problem Statement).
- How many of your structural designs could fit on a 48-foot to 53-foot flatbed trailer.
- Can the packaging designs for appliances and accessories allow for their transport on the trailers (based on the maximum length of your design and the number of units to be placed on the flatbed)?
- The length of a flatbed rail car (versus a flatbed trailer) allows for additional units to be transported, but rail car height constraints will apply.
- The basic structure defined for the event is the assembled structure, as it is designed to be placed on a site.
- Disassembly for relocation or storage is an element to consider.
- The design should be practical and modest, as noted in the Problem Statement.
- Your design could be used as a temporary or permanent structure to meet the needs of victims of natural disasters.
- The width constraint of 8 feet 6 inches is dictated by the size of the flatbed trailer and the shipping constraints that apply for different transport options.
- The 8-foot 6-inch measurement defines the maximum width of the structure.
- The maximum length of the structure will be determined by your team’s research and final design, as well as by the number of units you plan to place on each of the flatbed trailers or rail car beds.
- There are no height restrictions for the flatbed trailer (as noted in the Problem Statement).
- Each team must determine the appropriate height for its design, taking into consideration the following:
- Disassembly for packaging and transport
- Maximum number of units that can be stacked on top of one another for transport
- An accessory item, such as a small deck, is an optional item that could be included in your design, because it is not considered an integral part of the main structure design.
HS Biotechnology Design:
This competition is limited to three (3) teams per state, two to six (2-6) members per team.
This supersedes the Biotechnology Design eligibility information noted on page 59 of the HS guide.
HS Children's Stories
This competition is limited to three (3) teams, or three (3) individuals per state – or a combination of teams and individuals that equals three (3) entries per state.
This supersedes the Children’s Stories eligibility information noted on page 31 of the HS guide.
The following programming languages may be used to complete the assigned problems: Updated 10/17/18
Additional languages may become available as we near the conference.
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:
HS Engineering Design
This event requires the entry items below.
- a portfolio
- a free-standing poster
- a physical model (i.e., a prototype) of the design OR a visual representation of the physical model/prototype
- a completed LEAP report
The poster will be used by eligible teams during the semifinalist round of evaluation. The poster must be free standing (self-supporting); it can serve as the visual representation, however, a physical model/prototype is recommended for clarity in presenting a team’s design.
If a team chooses to create a poster and a visual representation of the physical model/prototype, then both items must fit within the display constraints (15 inches deep, 3 feet wide, 4 feet high).
VEX Robotics Competition
The LEAP Report will not be required for participants competing in VEX at the National TSA Conference.