The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit career and technical student organization (CTSO) of middle school and high school students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, over 5,000,000 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
- 300,000+ middle and high school student members
- 100 percent likely to graduate from high school
- 75 percent college-bound
- 39 percent minority representation
- 3,500+ teachers (chapter advisors)
- 2,300+ schools in 48 states
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TSA provides rules and guidelines for more than 70 middle school competitions and high school competitions. For use in the classroom, all competitions are aligned with STEM standards, 21st century leadership skills, and the U.S. Department of Education's National Career Clusters Framework®.
Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) – funded funded by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) – and Senior Solar Sprint are national STEM-based competitions that challenge middle and high school students to design, build, and race model solar cars.
TEAMS is a STEM competition that provides middle and high school students the opportunity to discover engineering. Through teamwork and the use of practical applications of math and science, participants solve questions based on real-world engineering challenges.
TSA’s partnership with the Robotics Education Foundation (REC) brings the VEX IQ Robotics Competition (middle school level) and the TSA VEX Robotics Competition (high school level) to TSA members. Students participate in an interactive game activity that features multidisciplinary STEM elements.
Programs and Initiatives
Leadership Program: Acquiring 21st century leadership skills is critical to the success of young people. TSA integrates such aptitudes in its competitions and in activities that focus on leadership development.
National Service Project: For over a decade TSA has partnered with the American Cancer Society (ACS). TSA chapters nationwide raise money to help fund ACS research, education, advocacy, and patient services.
Unite: Funded by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), Unite is a four-to-six-week summer program – held at colleges and universities nationwide – that encourages underserved and underrepresented high school students to pursue higher education and a STEM career path.
National Technical Honor Society (NTHS): The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) serves Career and Technical Education (CTE) students through recognition and scholarship opportunities. TSA and NTHS formed a partnership in June 2023 to provide benefits to TSA members.