16_SP_ActivitiesSeal_2021-2022TSA Middle School Competitions iconTSA offers 37 middle school competitions. The eligibility chart below provides the eligibility requirements for each competition and is applicable to the 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.) 


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:

Leadership Strategies

Participants demonstrate leadership and team skills by preparing a presentation based on a selected challenge the officers of a TSA chapter might encounter.

Mass Production

Participants manufacture a marketable product addressing the annual theme. Teams document their design processes in a portfolio, including the duplication capability in the creation of three (3) prototypes. Semifinalists demonstrate the functionality of one (1) prototype.

Mechanical Engineering

Participants design and build a mechanical device to solve the problem statement for the identified theme. Teams identify and research an engineering process and construct a mechanical system. Semifinalists participate in a presentation/interview. 

Medical Technology

Participants conduct research on a contemporary medical technology issue of their choosing, document their research within a display, and design a prototype depicting a medical technology solution. Semifinalists participate in a presentation.

Microcontroller Design

Participants develop a working digital device (product) with real-world applications. Through a product demonstration and documentation, the team demonstrates knowledge of microcontroller programming, simple circuitry, and product design and marketing. The project should have educational and social value, and conform to the theme for the year. Semifinalists demonstrate and promote their work in a presentation.

Off the Grid

Participants conduct research on a sustainable architectural design for a home in a country of the team's choosing (other than their home country), and document their findings in a display and a model. The model can be of the home designed by the team, or of a specific aspect of their design. Semifinalist teams give a presentation and are interviewed about their design.

Prepared Speech

Participants deliver a speech that reflects the theme of the current year’s National TSA Conference.

Problem Solving

Participants use problem solving skills to develop a finite solution to a problem provided onsite.

Promotional Marketing

Participants create a portfolio of marketing tools. Semifinalists work creatively under constraints to design a solution to a problem given onsite.

STEM Animation

Participants use computer graphics tools and design processes 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. Semifinalists participate in an onsite presentation.

Structural Engineering

Participants apply the principles of structural design and engineering through basic research, design, construction, and destructive testing to determine the design efficiency of a structure.

System Control Technology

Participants use a team approach to develop a computer-controlled model solution to a given problem, typically one based on 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 leave instructions for judges to operate the device.

Tech Bowl

Participants demonstrate their knowledge of TSA and concepts addressed in the technology content standards by completing a written objective test. Semifinalist teams participate in a question/response, head-to-head competition.

Technical Design

Participants demonstrate their ability to use the technical design process to solve an engineering design problem onsite and present the team’s solution in a portfolio at the conference.

VEX IQ Challenge

Participants collaborate on a robotics project that explores the relationship among STEM fields, culminating in a head-to-head game to test their robot's efficiency and productivity. Learn more.

Video Game Design

Participants develop, build, and launch an E-rated, online game that focuses on the subject of their choice. The game should be interesting, exciting, visually appealing, and intellectually challenging. Semifinalist teams participate in an onsite interview to demonstrate the knowledge and expertise they gained during the development of the game.

Website Design

Participants design, build, and launch a website that features the team's ability to incorporate the elements of website design, graphic layout, and proper coding techniques. Semifinalists participate in an onsite conference interview, with an emphasis on web design as it pertains to their solution, to demonstrate the knowledge and expertise gained during the development of the website.