Competitions


HIGH SCHOOL

Competition Forms – Updated Work Log (formerly Plan of Work Log)
9/8/23

Animatronics
Eligibility is three (3) teams of two to three (2-3) team members per state

Audio Podcasting
1/8/24
TIME LIMITS
B. The audio piece must be more than one (1) minute and less than five (5) minutes in length.
More than one recording (episode) is acceptable if the total time for each episode, and the entire audio piece, meets the above time limit requirements.

Board Game Design
2/14/23
Rubric - Go/No Go Specifications
Documentation portfolio is present on the flash drive.

Children's Stories
3/1/23
Updated Rubric

Data Science and Analytics
9/2/22
OVERVIEW:
Semifinalists participate in a two (2) hour semifinal challenge visually representing a data set provided as an on-site challenge.

9/6/22
SEMIFINAL ROUND
B. Semifinalist teams submit the following as a multi-page PDF on the TSA-provided USB drive. 

1. A visual representation
2. A brief synopsis of their entry

Dragster Design
9/27/22
Updated rubric

11/4/22
Dragster Body
One (1)-piece, construction of wood or plastics, including urethane modeling foam. Materials, processing equipment or tools are not specified. CNC milling and 3D printing is allowed.

10/31/23
The one-piece body must be sculpted to have horizontal wings (or fins like rockets) two on either side of the front of the body and 2 extending from the rear of the body. 
"The Front" is anywhere from the center point (length) of the body to the nose, or the farthest point at the front of the body.
"The Rear" of the body is from the center point (length) of the body to the Powerplant Hole, or the farthest point at the rear of the body. 
No part of the front wing/fin may exist past the center point of the body.
No part of the rear wing/fin may exist past the center point of the body.

Drone Challenge (UAV)
9/27/22
Updated rubric

10/12/22
UAV Drone Specifications
    E. Drone Regulations
    The UAV Drone propellers can be in size from 4" (101mm) to 8" (203.2mm) in overall length. 
    Sizes can be from 6" (152.4mm) to 14" (355.6mm) in outside motor propeller size diagonally.

11/4/22
UAV Drone Specifications
D. Battery packs must only be commercially available lithium-ion or lithium-ion polymer batteries that are purchased from open-sourced 3rd parties (i.e., Amazon, hobby shops, etc.)

1/12/23
Participants are not required to have two drones.  However, if they choose to have a backup drone, it is required at event check-in

8/25/23
All competitors are required to wear safety glasses and high visibility safety vest at a minimum

9/23/23
2024 Challenge – Obstacle 3 is worth 10 points

10/5/23
At the national TSA conference, the USB containing the documentation portfolio PDF will not be returned. 

Future Technology Teacher
4/3/23
SEMIFINAL ROUND
B. Participants report at the time and place stated in the conference program to sign up for a scheduled time to present the lesson plan/activity. 

Music Production
9/12/22
SEMIFINAL ROUND
A. The interview
Refer to the official rating form for more information.

10/18/22
PRECONFERENCE
D. Musical Piece
4. There will be a five (5)-point deduction for:
     a. each fifteen (15) seconds under the one (1)-minute minimum

Photographic Technology
2/15/24
PRELIMINARY ROUND C.d.
The student choice photograph may be one of the four types stated in the theme, or it can be another type chosen by the student. The photograph submissions must include the five images listed in the rules. 

Promotional Design
3/22/23
PRELIMINARY ROUND
C. 6. Items that may be considered for the four (4) Promotional Folder items might include: a pamphlet, post card, letter, small poster, or business card.

Software Development
9/6/22
PROCEDURE
PRELIMINARY ROUND
F. A list of twelve (12) semifinalists (in random order) is posted.

Senior Solar Sprint
2/27/23
Pre-Conference
D. Solar Paneling
13. Each vehicle must include a mounted battery holder that is capable of holding two AA batteries. This system needs a switch and button as illustrated. This is to be used at the starting line as follows.
   a) on the "READY" command the button is depressed and held, this opens the circuit.
   b) on the "SET" command the switch is flipped, to connect the batteries to the motor.
   c) on the "GO" command the button is released, thereby closing the circuit, sending power to the motor, causing the vehicle to move.

Structural Design and Engineering
3/8/23
When submitting the pre-built preliminary structure solution, the team will identify where the test block should be placed for evaluation.

3/21/23
The full-size three-view drawing can be full-size or a scaled drawing.

Video Game Design
1/23/23
Page 352
EVALUATION
PRELIMINARY ROUND
C. Up to ten (10) bonus points may be added by the judges for exceptional game features, or for content showing exemplary educational and social value.

Webmaster
9/27/22
Updated rubric

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Flight
9/27/23
Page 172
Stabilizer - MAX 150mm or 5 7/8"
Fin - MAX 76mm or 3"

1/3/24
PRECONFERENCE
A. Documentation Portfolio
f. A detailed illustration demonstrating compliance with the rules and features, including design principles used in building and adjusting gliders, must be included on 11" x 17" paper (may be folded to fit in the sheet protector) 

Inventions and Innovations
9/5/23
PRELIMINARY ROUND
B. Entries are evaluated by the judges with neither students nor advisors present based on the following criteria:
1. Judges score the static display criteria to determine the top twenty-four (24) preliminary contestants, which will not be posted.
2. Judges score the model/prototype criteria of those top twenty-four (24) contestants to determine the top twelve (12) semifinalists. 

Junior Solar Sprint
2/20/24
Pre-Conference
D. Solar Paneling
13. Each vehicle must include a mounted battery holder that is capable of holding two AA batteries. This system needs a switch and button as illustrated. This is to be used at the starting line as follows.
   a) on the "READY" command the button is depressed and held, this opens the circuit.
   b) on the "SET" command the switch is flipped, to connect the batteries to the motor.
   c) on the "GO" command the button is released, thereby closing the circuit, sending power to the motor, causing the vehicle to

Leadership Strategies
9/27/23
Teams will supply their own pens/pencils for the preparation room.

Mass Production
11/13/23
A. Documentation Portfolio:
1.k. Photographic Verification - photographic or digital images that verify the mass production of three (3) identical copies of the product including the prototype and photographic or digital images that document the team project with a photo timeline; maximum five (5) pages.

Medical Technology
9/5/23
PRELIMINARY ROUND
B. Entries are evaluated by the judges with neither students nor advisors present based on the following criteria:
1. Judges score the static display criteria to determine the top twenty-four (24) preliminary contestants, which will not be posted.
2. Judges score the model/prototype criteria of those top twenty-four (24) contestants to determine the top twelve (12) semifinalists.

Vlogging
11/29/23
EVALUATION
Tier 2
SEMIFINAL ROUND
     A. The On-site Challenge

1/23/24
PRECONFERENCE
B.8.
Team's self-evaluation of the video series, using the criteria for TIER-1 VLOG SERIES on page 326 (can be in paragraph format or a copy of the rubric portion with data from the team); one (1) page.