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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 2019 National TSA Conference at National Harbor near Washington, D.C. is "Model the Way."

MIDDLE SCHOOL

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.

The MS Chapter Team rubric, Parliamentary actions section, on page 72 should read:

Minimal performance
Only one (1) of the required actions is completed correctly.          

Adequate performance
At least two (2) of the actions are completed correctly, with adequate effort. 

Exemplary performance
All three (3) actions are completed correctly, with notable and inspiring effort.

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:

Chapter Team update

MS Coding

The  a list of the specific languages permitted in the onsite competition this year, please refer to the Competition Updates page. Updated 1/28/19

MS Electrical Applications

Competitive Events Eligibility, page 28, should read: one (1) team of two (2) individuals per chapter

MS Flight The Official Rating Form (semifinal and overall event point total) should read:

MS FLight
Flight Update for 2019_11-5-18

MS Forensic Technology

Update to the Toolkit: Toolkit must include only: Updated 12/19/18

  1. Safety glasses (2 pairs)
  2. Tape measure (10m)
  3. Tweezers
  4. Scissors
  5. Crime Scene Template
  6. Flashlight
  7. Pen or fine point marker (for labeling)
  8. Pencils

On p. 150 of the guide, Regulations (section G), participants will not need to complete blood spatter pattern analysis. Updated 12/18/19

MS Inventions and Innovations

On p.159, Semifinal Round, section A, removal of regulation 4. Updated 4/30/19

MS JSS The Official Rating Form (at the top) should read:

JSS update

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

Please find corrected attachment for the Supplied Components list. Updated 3/8/19

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 Medical Technology

Clarification: The model or prototype IS mandatory and is part of the go/no go specifications.

P.199 should read, "A Model or prototype depicting an aspect of the issue shall be included in the display.

P.200, Regulations; section E.1 should read, "Participants shall create a model or prototype of the medical technology solution chosen.

MS Off the Grid

REGULATIONS 
Preliminary Round
C.6. A reproduction copy of original hand drawings and/or printer/plotter-generated copies of CAD drawings for the required drawings (each drawing to be submitted on maximum drawing sheets cut size B [11" x 17"] with appropriate scale size noted on the drawing); pages as needed

D. Display and Model
1. The display must include:
d. A tri-fold flyer or brochure that provides basic information and facts about the chosen country (one [1] piece of 8 1/2" x 11" paper).

2. The total size of the display and model may not exceed 15" deep x 3' wide x 4' high. Updated 2/19/19

MS Prepared Speech

MS Prepared Speech

MS Problem Solving

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

MS VEX Robotics Competition 

Clarification on VEX VRC and VIQC event eligibility:  Participants are limited to two (2) teams per chapter for state level competitive events. A maximum of three (3) VRC teams and three (3) VIQC teams per state may advance to the TSA VEX National Championship event. Updated 3/21/19

MS Video Game

Link to the submission form: https://tinyurl.com/TSA2019MSVideoGame, due by 11:59 PM EST on May 15th.

Please note: for MS Video Game Design, the game must be an online based game or one that is downloadable. As stated on p.289, under Time Limits #5, "the game must be interactive. Updated 5/14/19

Before filling out this form,  you will need: 

1) Your team registration number (TXXXX; if the number provided is only 3 digits, add a zero after the “T”) is a T followed by your four digit national Chapter ID. The chapter ID can be found on all invoices and when logging into the affiliation or conference systems. If you do not know this number, reach out to your chapter advisor. 

NOTE: Chapter advisors will need to begin the registration process with National TSA and submit your name in order for the system to generate this number. Chapter advisors will have access to your registration number as soon as they begin the registration process. 

2) The name of your chapter advisor in case we cannot identify your submission. 
3) The email of your chapter advisor.

MS Website Design

We are no longer accepting submissions via webentry@tsaweb.org.

Please submit your entry for the 2018-2019 National TSA Conference using this form. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 EST on May 15th. Any entries time stamped after this deadline will result in a disqualification.

Before filling out this form, you will need: 

  1. Your team registration number (TXXXX; if the number provided is only 3 digits, add a zero after the “T”) is a T followed by your four digit national Chapter ID. The chapter ID can be found on all invoices and when logging into the affiliation or conference systems. If you do not know this number, reach out to your chapter advisor.
    NOTE: Chapter advisors will need to begin the registration process with National TSA and submit your name in order for the system to generate this number. Chapter advisors will have access to your team registration number as soon as they begin the registration process.
  2. The  name of your chapter advisor in case we cannot identify your submission.
  3. The email of your chapter advisor.  

HIGH SCHOOL

HS 3D Animation

Please submit your entry for the 2018-2019 National TSA Conference using this form. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 EST on May 15th. Any entries time stamped after this deadline will result in a disqualification

Before filling out this form, you will need: 

  1. Your team registration number (TXXXX; if the number provided is only 3 digits, add a zero after the “T”) is a T followed by your four digit national Chapter ID. The chapter ID can be found on all invoices and when logging into the affiliation or conference systems. If you do not know this number, reach out to your chapter advisor.
    NOTE: Chapter advisors will need to begin the registration process with National TSA and submit your name in order for the system to generate this number. Chapter advisors will have access to your team registration number as soon as they begin the registration process.  
  2. The name of your chapter advisor in case we cannot identify your submission. 
  3. The email of your chapter advisor.

Clarification: Event eligibility is: "Participants are limited to two (2) teams of two to six (2-6) members per state," as outlined in p.33 of the High School Competitive Events Guide. Updated 4/22/19

HS Architectural Design

  1. This event requires competitors to complete research before beginning a design.
  2. Each team should create one design that can be effectively reproduced or manufactured.
  3. Flatbed truck beds vary in size (as noted on the picture example included in the Problem Statement).
    1. How many of your structural designs could fit on a 48-foot to 53-foot flatbed trailer.
    2. 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)?
    3. 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.
  4. The basic structure defined for the event is the assembled structure, as it is designed to be placed on a site.
  5. Disassembly for relocation or storage is an element to consider.
  6. The design should be practical and modest, as noted in the Problem Statement.
  7. Your design could be used as a temporary or permanent structure to meet the needs of victims of natural disasters.
  8. 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.
    1. The 8-foot 6-inch measurement defines the maximum width of the structure.
    2. 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.
    3. There are no height restrictions for the flatbed trailer (as noted in the Problem Statement).
    4. Each team must determine the appropriate height for its design, taking into consideration the following:
      1. Disassembly for packaging and transport
      2. Maximum number of units that can be stacked on top of one another for transport
  9. 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.

Attached are the LEED standards for Regulation A.f. (p.50 of the HS Competitive Events Guide). Updated 1/17/19

Please submit your entry for the 2018-2019 National TSA Conference using this form. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 EST on May 15th. Any entries time stamped after this deadline will result in a disqualification.

Before filling out this form,  you will need: 

1) Your team registration number (TXXXX; if the number provided is only 3 digits, add a zero after the “T”) is a T followed by your four digit national Chapter ID. The chapter ID can be found on all invoices and when logging into the affiliation or conference systems. If you are submitting individually, your student registration number (SXXXX; if the number provided is only 3 digits, add a zero after the “S”). If you do not know this number, reach out to your chapter advisor.
NOTE: Chapter advisors will need to begin the registration process with National TSA and submit your name in order for the system to generate this number. Chapter advisors will have access to your registration number as soon as they begin the registration process. 

2) The name of your chapter advisor in case we cannot identify your submission. 
3) The email of your chapter advisor.

Link to the submission form: https://forms.gle/MeKHmjfNyWwFASTJ7 Updated 4/2/19

HS Biotechnology Design:

One (1) team or individual per chapter

HS Board Game Design

The physical game and packaging must be the original work of the team members. The game must be designed, engineered, created, and assembled together solely by the team. Updated 1/16/19

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.

HS Coding

The following programming languages may be used to complete the assigned problems: Updated 4/2/19

  • C (version C11)
  • C++ (version C++14)
  • C# (version 6.0)
  • Java (version 10)
  • Javascript (NodeJS version 8.10)
  • Python (version 3.6)
  • Ruby (version 2.5)
  • Swift (version 4.2)

 

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:

The eligibility noted on page 31 should read: one (1) individual or one (1) team of two (2) members per chapter. Updated 12/18/18

The a list of the specific languages permitted in the onsite competition this year, please refer to the Competition Updates page. Updated 1/28/19

HS Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Architecture

No semi-finalist list will be provided. Updated 1/8/18

HS Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Engineering 

No semi-finalist list will be provided. Updated 1/8/18

HS Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

Clarification: Event eligibility is – “One (1) team of two to six (2-6) members per chapter, one (1) entry per team,” as outlined in p.119 of the High School Competitive Events Guide. Updated 4/30/19

HS Engineering Design

This event requires the entry items below.

  1. a portfolio
  2. a free-standing poster
  3. a physical model (i.e., a prototype) of the design OR a visual representation of the physical model/prototype
  4. a completed LEAP report

Note:

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).

Teams must use this template for the patent application and no longer need to submit the online application on the www.uspto.gov website as an e-file. A copy of the completed form must be included in the portfolio. Updated 12/18/18

HS Forensic Science

Update to the Toolkit: Toolkit must include only: Updated 12/19/18

  1. Safety glasses (2 pairs)
  2. Tape measure (10m)
  3. Tweezers
  4. Scissors
  5. Crime Scene Template
  6. Flashlight
  7. Pen or fine point marker (for labeling)
  8. Pencils

On p. 194 of the guide, Regulations (section G), participants will not need to complete blood spatter pattern analysis. Updated 12/19/18

HS Future Technology Teacher

The eligibility noted on page 31 should read: two (2) individuals per chapter. Updated 12/13/18

HS On Demand Video

Procedure/Preliminary Round item 5 has changed. Teams will submit their entry (video solution and completed Student Copyright Checklist) on a USB flash drive. The entries will be submitted in the Magnolia 1 room on Sunday 6/30 from 5:30-6:30 PM.

HS Photographic Technology

On p.223, examples of updated links to the continuous lighting kits (to be provided by National TSA) can be found here: 

Source 1: https://bit.ly/2Mr7CrH

Source 2: https://amzn.to/2NGxLqT

Source 3: https://bit.ly/2NCFgPT  

HS Structural Engineering

In the document titled "High School Structural Design and Engineering" under the Themes and Problems section of the website, p. 1 of the problem statement  should read, "The structure, along with required documents and drawing, must be submitted at check-in. The structure must fit in a box 18” long, 10” wide, and 5” deep, and ONLY the box top must be constructed from standard poster board paper." Updated 3/4/19

HS System Control Technology

No semi-finalist list will be provided. Updated 1/8/18

HS VEX Robotics Competition 

The LEAP Report will not be required for participants competing in VEX at the National TSA Conference.

Clarification on VEX VRC and VIQC event eligibility:  Participants are limited to two (2) teams per chapter for state level competitive events. A maximum of three (3) VRC teams and three (3) VIQC teams per state may advance to the TSA VEX National Championship event. Updated 3/21/19

HS Video Game

Link to the submission form: https://tinyurl.com/TSA2019HSVideoGame, due by 11:59 PM EST on May 15th, 2019.

Before filling out this form,  you will need: 

1) Your team registration number (TXXXX; if the number provided is only 3 digits, add a zero after the “T”) is a T followed by your four digit national Chapter ID. The chapter ID can be found on all invoices and when logging into the affiliation or conference systems. If you do not know this number, reach out to your chapter advisor. 

NOTE: Chapter advisors will need to begin the registration process with National TSA and submit your name in order for the system to generate this number. Chapter advisors will have access to your registration number as soon as they begin the registration process. 

2) The name of your chapter advisor in case we cannot identify your submission. 
3) The email of your chapter advisor.

HS Webmaster

We are no longer accepting submissions via webentry@tsaweb.org. 

Please submit your entry for the 2018-2019 National TSA Conference using this form. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 EST on May 15th. Any entries time stamped after this deadline will result in a disqualification.

Before filling out this form, you will need:

  1. Your team registration number (TXXXX; if the number provided is only 3 digits, add a zero after the “T”) is a T followed by your four digit national Chapter ID. The chapter ID can be found on all invoices and when logging into the affiliation or conference systems. If you do not know this number, reach out to your chapter advisor.
  2. The name of your chapter advisor in case we cannot identify your submission. 
  3. The email of your chapter advisor.

NOTE: Chapter advisors will need to begin the registration process with National TSA and submit your name in order for the system to generate this number. Chapter advisors will have access to your team registration number as soon as they begin the registration process.  

To clarify, participants must create a fictional band or musician and design a website. Participants shall not use a real artist. Participants who use a real artist will receive a rules violation at the national conference. Updated 4/2/19