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NASSP logo pngTSA Middle School Competitions iconBelow you will find summary descriptions of the 2019 and 2020 middle school TSA competitions. Click on a category to filter the competitions. (More detailed specifications and rules can be found in the "TSA Middle School Competitive Events Guide for the 2019 and 2020 National TSA Conference.") You can also view and download the TSA middle 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 contact email provided during submission.

Each participant/team shall submit only one [1] entry per competition.

TSA Middle School Competitions | Career Categories

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

Digital Photography

Participants (three [3] individuals per state) produce a digital portfolio addressing an annual theme posted on the Themes and Problems page. Participants submit the entry pre-conference by May 15th. Semifinalists announced onsite at the annual conference. Semifinalists participate in a timed challenge, which includes digital photographs taken and edited onsite. Semifinalists demonstrate their knowledge of digital photography in a presentation/interview.

STEM Animation

Participants (three [3] teams per state) use computer graphics tools and design processes (i.e., animation) to communicate, inform, analyze, and/or illustrate a topic, idea, subject, or concept that focuses on one (1) or more of the following areas: science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Sound may accompany graphic images. Participants submit the entry pre-conference by May 15th. Semifinalists are announced onsite at the annual conference. Semifinalists participate in an onsite presentation. The current year's topics can be found on the Themes and Problems page.