The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, almost 4,000,000 student members have participated through competitions, intracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, community service, and more.
TSA is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, 501(c)(3) that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, creed, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, or disability.
Membership: By the Numbers
- 250,000+ middle and high school student members
- 100 percent likely to graduate from high school
- 75 percent college-bound
- 39 percent minority representation
- 2,500+ teachers (chapter advisors)
- 2,000+ schools in 48 states
TSA provides rules and guidelines for more than 70 middle school and high school competitions. Students are challenged to use and improve their STEM skills in team and individual events in such areas as: technology; communication; design and engineering; environmental systems; transportation; and manufacturing. All competitions are aligned with STEM standards, leadership skills, and the U.S. Department of Education's National Career Clusters Framework®.
Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a national STEM-based program—funded by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)—empowering teachers, mentors, and community members to engage 5th to 8th grade students in designing, building, and racing model solar cars.
TEAMS is a STEM competition providing students in middle school and high school the opportunity to discover engineering. Students work together in teams and use practical applications of math and science to answer engineering questions about everyday, real-world challenges.
VEX Robotics is an engaging robotics competition in which students further their knowledge and skills in STEM areas. This competition is a collaborative effort of TSA and VEX Robotics, Inc.
Programs and Initiatives
Leadership/LEAP is TSA's comprehensive leadership program, applied to The Student Leadership Challenge®, that includes three opportunity tracts for TSA members: LEAP Legacy Chapter, Competition Engagement, and Onsite Professional Training. LEAP brings to life the TSA motto, creed, and mission statement.
Unite is a four-to-six week program held at colleges and universities across the country during the summer and funded by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Unite encourages high school students to pursue STEM higher education and careers.