Competitions

 

Posted August 24, 2020

A member who competed in a virtual state delegation state advisor approval contest may compete in the same contest at the 2021 virtual national TSA conference, pending approval of the state advisor.

For the virtual 2021 national TSA conference, state advisors may designate contestants for state advisor approval events regardless if there was a virtual or on-site state delegation conference – and it can be the same member who competes in both formats (virtual and on-site).

General Updates and Clarification for the Virtual MS and HS Competitive Events Guides:

  1. The TSA Student and Parent Consent and Release form (in lieu of the Acceptable Use Policy form) will be used for the virtual 2021 national TSA conference.
  2. May 14, 2021 supersedes any reference to May 15, 2021 as a deadline date. 
  3. All team members who compete in a national conference virtual team event will be identified by name and ID number.
  4. For the virtual 2021 national TSA conference, moderators will replace CRC managers, coordinators and proctors.
  5. After May 14, 2021 (the date that registration closes), no competitor substitutions will be permitted for any competition. 
  6. The results of virtual judging will be announced during the conference general sessions, June 23rd, 24th and 25th.
  7. Section F Regulation #3 of the General Rules states that “Competition entries or presentations by participants must not include racial or ethnic slurs/symbols, reference to gang affiliation, or vulgar, violent, subversive, or sexually suggestive language or images.”Clarification:  Any entry that includes, implies, or suggests any of the aforementioned items, regardless of context, is in violation of this regulation and will be disqualified and removed from the event roster.  
  8. Section F Regulation #5 of the General Rules states that “Images of guns, knives, or other weapons are prohibited.”Clarification:  Any entry that includes, implies, or suggests a weapon of any kind, regardless of context, is in violation of this regulation and will be disqualified and removed from the event roster.
  9. Clarification on the definition of a digital display: A digital display is an infographic display presented digitally that organizes the presenter’s points in a way that is visually aesthetic while informative. Interactive digital displays are infographic displays that has an interactive element when the user clicks on a field. 
  10. For the 2021 Virtual National TSA Conference, the following events will have no live videoconferencing component as originally planned in the Competitive Events Guide. Submission for these events will be a recorded presentation hyperlink submitted online during the competition window of June 1-June 21st. Please refer to the Competitive Events Schedule for the event specific due date and time:
    • Challenging Tech Issues (MS)
    • Leadership Strategies (MS) 
    • Extemporaneous Speech (HS)
    • Prepared Presentation (HS) 
    • Prepared Speech (MS) – (Clarification: due by June 1 per the Competitive Events Schedule) 
    • Software Development (HS) – (Clarification: due by June 1 per the Competitive Events Schedule) 
    Participants shall follow the competitive event presentation timing regulations outlined in the 2021 Virtual Middle School and High School Competitive Events Guide. As with all the virtual events, participants may choose the video hosting site, but the hyperlink must point directly to the entry. Entries that require a software download or access be granted will not be judged.     
  11. Clarification regarding video submissions and the dress code: The official TSA blue shirt should be worn when possible during video submissions depicting TSA participants (e.g. Community Service Video, On Demand Video submissions). Points will not be deducted if the nature of the video is not conducive to wearing TSA attire (e.g. planting a garden for Community Service). 
  12. The 2021 TSA/VEX National Championship is open to all participants and will not be a state advisor approval event. Registration is limited to two (2) entries per chapter, however, if the first, second and third place winners came from the same chapter, all three contestants will be able to compete at the virtual 2021 national TSA conference.    

TSA/VEX participants will create an electronic Engineering Notebook that depicts the design process for a robot intended to play this year’s VEX challenge. Each team will also create a maximum three (3)-minute video explaining their design process and showing what they have prepared as part of their finished design. Not having a physical robot will not reduce the team’s potential score. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the National TSA VEX webpage for information regarding the TSA VEX program. 

HIGH SCHOOL

Children's Stories
As stated on the State Advisor Approval events page, the HS Virtual Children’s Stories event eligibility is “five [5] teams per state; individual entries are permitted.” The HS Virtual Event Eligibility Chart has been updated with this information. 

Page 56 of the 2021 Virtual Competitive Events guide currently states: 
ChildrenStories1

The requirements should read: 
ChildrenStories2

Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity will be offered at the virtual 2021 National TSA Conference as a Capture the Flag (CTF) virtual competitive event scheduled to take place from June 1st to June 3rd .  Once a chapter has registered to participate in this event, a link to access the Cybersecurity competition platform and instructions (including any recommended software if applicable) will be made available in the TSA Student Member site in order for the chapter advisor or designated team captain to register their team on the Cybersecurity platform. All teams not registered in the Cybersecurity platform before the May 14, 2021 registration deadline will not be eligible to compete in the online event. 

Data Science and Analytics
The HS Data Analytics virtual and on-site competitive event does not include a theme or topic. It is the member’s choice what topic they would like to use. The updated rubric section for Documentation>Definition and Explanation of Issue shall read: 

HS Data Analytics_update

In reference to the introduction in the documentation portfolio (p.136, B.c of the traditional guide and p.77, A.c of the virtual guide), the introduction should explain what data you are using and how you intend to analyze it. 

For the scientific poster, participants must use the provided template as outlined in regulation p.78, G.1. Participants may change the font, insert pictures, graphs, charts, background design and color, however the required content areas must be included at a minimum. Participants may add additional content if it is relevant. 

There is no theme/challenge assigned for the semifinal round. Semifinal participants create a visualization of their collected and researched data. Semifinal regulation #3 should read, “Time starts when the online submission platform is opened.” 

Debating Technological Issues
Notecards may be used during the debate for both the traditional and virtual competitive events. Regulation #11 in both versions of the guide, which states that “During the debate, references (such as notecards) may not be used,” is not applicable and shall be removed. 

Per the 2021 Virtual guide p.83, Regulations and Requirements #2, “each team is required to submit a typed summary of references (used to prepare for the event) as a PDF document prior to the start of the even.” Although this is document is not scored and is not a qualifier for the preliminary round (Debating Technological Issues only has one round), it is required to to compete in the event. 

Dragster
For the Dragster specifications on p.162, the Body Mass has for 2021 is a minimum of 100g and 2022 is a minimum of 80g. 

Fashion Design and Technology
Three (3) prototypes are required for the Fashion Design professional workplace competitive event.  

Information Technology Fundamentals+ Preparation Exam 
The official certification exam will not be offered for the virtual 2021 National TSA Conference, however, participants have an opportunity to prepare for the challenging CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ certification exam. The practice questions on this exam covers essential IT skills and knowledge that might be found on the official CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ Certification exam. 

Music Production
Entries must be stored on a hosting site and submitted via hyperlink into the designated submission portal. MP3, MP4, MP5 submissions will not be accepted. The URL must point directly to the team’s entry. Entries that require a software download or request that access be granted will not be scored. 

Promotional Design
Page 158, regulation C.1 of the 2021 Virtual High School Competitive Events Guide should read, “Participants shall submit two multipage PDF’s (one PDF of the Digital Marketing Portfolio, and one PDF of the Documentation Portfolio) in accordance with the Go/No Go requirements.”

Software Development
As stated in #10 of the General Updates and Clarification for the Virtual MS and HS Competitive Events Guides above, Software Development presentations will not take place via the live virtual environment for this year’s 2021 National TSA Conference. Participants will submit their entries via the student member portal on June 1. 

Below are the guidelines for the pre-recorded video: 

The Instructional Video - Participants design an instructional video to introduce their software.

  1. Participants may identify themselves only by the chapter's identification number, but participants may appear in the video. All team members may present in the video. 
  2. The video must include an introduction, including the social relevancy of the entry. 
  3. Videos may not be edited.
  4. The video cannot exceed a duration of more than ten (10) minutes. There is no minimum duration for the video. A penalty will be applied to videos exceeding the time limit.
  5. Participants submit their entry electronically via a HYPERLINK to the designated submission file (such as an UNLISTED YouTube URL of the video). The video must be located online and accessible for evaluation. If a URL is provided, the URL must point directly to the participant’s entry. Entries that require a software download, or a request that access be granted, will not be judged. 
  6. Participants shall cite any copyrighted works at the end of the video or include a snapshot of Works Cited/Student Copyright Checklist (if applicable).

Technology Bowl
The exam will not be part of total score and is only used to determine the contestants eligible for the oral round.
The oral round is out of 110 points, with a possible score of 130 points, which includes two bonus questions.

techbowl

Video Game Design
Regulation A.1. states that “the game must be an online based game or one that is a downloadable .exe file.” For Video Game Design, all online game submissions must be a hyperlink to the online game or a hyperlink to a folder containing the.exe files. As with all the virtual events, participants may choose the hosting site, but the hyperlink must point directly to the entry or .exe files. Entries that request access be granted will not be judged.     

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Digital Photography
Four (4) digital photographs are required for the portfolio. 

Structural Design
On p.2 of the design brief, Specifications #2 should read, “A maximum of 16 linear feet of Basswood stick can be used in the construction of your tower.”

Specification:
1. The truss tower needs to be constructed using only 1/8" by 1/8" Basswood sticks.
2. A maximum of 16 linear feet of Basswood stick can be used in the construction of your tower.

Technology Bowl
The exam will not be part of total score and is only used to determine the contestants eligible for the oral round.
The oral round is out of 110 points, with a possible score of 130 points, which includes two bonus questions.

techbowl

Video Game Design
Regulation A.1. states that “the game must be an online based game or one that is a downloadable .exe file.” For Video Game Design, all online game submissions must be a hyperlink to the online game or a hyperlink to a folder containing the.exe files. As with all the virtual events, participants may choose the hosting site, but the hyperlink must point directly to the entry or .exe files. Entries that request access be granted will not be judged.