NASSP logo pngTSA High School Competitions iconBelow you will find a summary description of the 2019 and 2020 high school TSA competitions. Click on a category to filter the competitions. (More detailed specifications and rules regarding each event can be found in the "TSA High School Competitive Events Guide for the 2019 and 2020 National TSA Conference.")

You can also view and download the TSA high school competitions eligibility chart applicable to the 2020 National TSA Conference. (State delegations may choose to alter their events for local conferences. Click on your state to preview the requirements pertaining to your regional and/or state conferences.) 

For event entries submitted pre-conference:

  • A link will be provided approximately one month prior to the deadline of May 15th on the Competition Updates page.
  • This submission procedure applies ONLY to entries for the National TSA Conference, not state TSA conference entries.
  • Email verification of each team's entry will be made by June 10th to the email provided during submission.

Each participant/team shall submit only one [1] entry for the following competitive events.

TSA High School Competitions | Career Categories

Click on a category below to view a list of TSA high school competitions and their summary descriptions in that category:


Participants (one [1] individual, or one [1] team of two [2] individuals per chapter) respond to an annual coding-related design challenge by developing a software program that will accurately address an onsite problem in a specified, limited amount of time.


Participants (two [2] teams per chapter) respond to a cybersecurity challenge by identifying a breach in computer security via "Capture the Flag" games. Participants will solve onsite challenges in a specified, limited amount of time. 

Information Technology Fundamentals+ Certification - CompTIA

Participants (one [1] individual with a maximum of three (3) individuals per chapter) demonstrate understanding of and expertise in basic information technology concepts by taking an online exam. Certifications will be granted through TSA’s partnership with CompTIA for a passing score. Learn more.

Scientific Visualization (SciVis)

Participants (three [3] teams per state; an individual may participate solo in this team event) use either 2D or 3D computer graphics tools and design processes to communicate, inform, analyze, and/or illustrate a STEM topic, idea, subject, or concept.

Software Development

Participants (one [1] team per chapter) use knowledge of cutting-edge technologies, algorithm design, problem-solving principles, effective communication, and collaborative teamwork to design, implement, test, and document a software development project of educational or social value.

System Control Technology

Participants (one [1] team of three [3] individuals per state) work onsite to develop a computer-controlled model-solution to a problem, typically one from an industrial setting. Teams analyze the problem, build a computer-controlled mechanical model, program the model, explain the program and mechanical features of the model-solution, and write instructions for evaluators to operate the device.

Video Game Design

Participants (three [3] teams per state) develop a game that reflects the theme for the year, which can be found on Themes and Problems. The game must have high artistic, educational, and social value and be interesting, exciting, visually appealing, and intellectually challenging. Participants submit the entry pre-conference by May 15th.


Participants (one [1] team of three to five [3–5] individuals per chapter) design, build, and launch a website that features the school’s career and technology/engineering program, TSA chapter, and the chapter’s ability to research and present a given topic pertaining to technology. Semifinalists participate in an onsite interview to demonstrate the knowledge and expertise gained during the development of the website—with an emphasis on web design methods and practices, as well as their research for the annual design topic. Participants submit the entry pre-conference by May 15th.