Are you interested in enhancing your career and technical education (CTE) program and inspiring your students to become STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) leaders? Consider the Technology Student Association (TSA) to achieve these goals. Serving as a TSA chapter advisor means that you and your members are part of a national career and technical student organization (CTSO) that promotes and recognizes excellence in STEM through:
Each year TSA brings together leading technology and engineering educators with hands-on classroom experience to revise, review, and develop competitions at the middle or high school level. All middle school competitions and high school competitions are correlated with national STEM standards, and have detailed scoring criteria for judging. All TSA competitions—73 competitive events, with 62 converted to a virtual format—can be implemented at the local, state, and national levels.
TSA believes acquiring 21st century leadership skills is critical to the success of young people and integrates these aptitudes in over 70 TSA competitions. These leadership skills are specifically tailored for each competitive event and evaluated based on official rules and rubrics. Additionally, TSA offers its members leadership development activities, for use virtually and in the classroom, based on the 21st century skills.
Throughout the year, national TSA communicates with TSA chapter advisors in a variety of ways, including:
- Emails with important and timely information, including reminders and deadlines related to the National TSA Conference.
- Postcards highlighting upcoming TSA happenings to share with your TSA chapter members.
- Social media updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Regional, State, and National Events
Many state TSA delegations host a fall leadership conference, regional conferences, and a state competition in the spring. These events provide student members the opportunity to apply and test their STEM skills; members may then attend and/or compete at the annual National TSA Conference. Membership in TSA is required to participate at any TSA event at the local, state, or national level.
What are the Benefits of Serving as a TSA Advisor?
Many TSA advisors are involved with other school activities or organizations. So why do they take the time and make the effort to advise a TSA chapter? Most would tell you that they do so because of the many benefits that TSA offers:
- TSA competitions designed to be integrated into and enhance career and technical education (CTE) curriculum
- educational enrichment regardless of the setting – in-school, virtual, or a hybrid
- opportunity to mentor student members
- promotion of student member leadership
- fulfillment of preparing students to be college and career ready, and filling the STEM pipeline
- student exploration of STEM career choices
- collaboration with other educators, administrators, parents, and community leaders