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 at your school 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—more than 70 in middle school and high school combined—can be implemented at the local, state, and national levels.
TSA recognizes the value of strong leadership skills and offers a customized leadership program, LEAP—which stands for “Leadership. Education. Achievement. Personal Growth.” Through this comprehensive program,
student members develop leadership skills to apply to their future academic and professional careers. Members have the opportunity to hold leadership roles through elected offices at the chapter, state, and national levels, as well as through
serving on committees.
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 with the opportunity to apply and test their STEM skills; then members may choose to 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
- classroom enrichment through hands-on experiences
- 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
- communications from national TSA
- resources and toolkits