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The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs.

High School Events

High School Events

2018 State Conference Registration Link:

Architectural Design

Event Description:  Participants (5 Teams of up to 4 students per chapter) develop a set of architectural plans and related materials for an annual architectural design challenge and construct a physical, as well as a computer-generated model, to accurately depict their design.

CAD 2D - Architecture

Event Description:  Participants (2 individuals per chapter) create representations, such as foundation and/or floor plans, and/or elevation drawings, and/or details of architectural ornamentation or cabinetry.

Participants must bring their own computer and CAD software.

CAD 3D - Engineering

Event Description:  Participants (2 individuals per chapter) create 3D computer model(s) of an engineering or machine object, such as a machine part, tool, device, or manufactured product.

Participants must bring their own computer and CAD software.


Updated 4/1/2016 (New Forms and Email Contact)

Chapter of Excellence Document:  Please fill out this document completely and email to Rhys South, contact information below.  The Due Date is March 31st by 3pm.

Word Version of Chapter of Excellence Document:  (Click here to download)

Printable PDF Version of Chapter of Excellence Document:  (Click here to download)

Chapter Team

Event Description:  Participants (3 Teams of 6 Students per Chapter) will perform an opening ceremony, dispose of three items of business, and perform a closing ceremony within a specified time period.


Event Description:  Participants (2 teams of 1-3 students per chapter) create an illustrated children's story of artistic, instructional, and social value. The story must have a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focus. It may be written in prose or poetry and take the form of a fable, adventure story, or other structure.

Submit all materials to the coordinator in a three-ring binder.

Computer Integrated manufacturing (CIM)

Event Description:  Participants (5 teams of 2 members per chapter) design, fabricate, and use Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) to creat a promotional TSA product that will showcase the current conference city and/or state.

Debating Technical Issues

Event Description:  Participants (3 teams of 2 members per chapter) work together to prepare for a debate against a team from another chapter. Teams are instructed on site to take either the pro or con side of a subtopic (which falls under a general topic) that is designated annually.

Digital Video Production

Event Description:  Participants (2 Teams of 3 Students per Chapter) develop a digital video/film that focuses on the current year’s theme. Sound may accompany the film.

Iowa Specific Rule:  Each team must upload their video to Youtube as an "Unlisted" video, and share the link with the State Coordinator. (Updated 3/21/16)

Theme: "TSA Promo"

Dragster Design

Event Description:  Participants (5 Individuals per Chapter) design, produce working drawings for, and build a CO2- powered dragster.

For High School, a CAD drawing with dimensions is required in order to race.  No hand drawn sketches will be accepted for high school.

All cars will run one qualifying time trial.  The top ten legal cars based on time will advance to a 2nd time trial.  The 2nd time trial will determine the final time used for placing.  All cars will run one at a time using the same lane.  We will do a third run to break ties if needed.

  • State Conference Coordinator:  
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Extemporaneous SPEECH

Event Description:  Participants (3 Individuals per chapter) give a three-to-five minute speech fifteen minutes after having drawn a card on which a technology or TSA topic for a speech is written.

Fashion Design AND TEchnology

Event Description:  Participants (3 Teams of 3 - 5 Students per Chapter) research, develop and create garment designs, garment mock- ups, and portfolios that reflect the current year’s published theme. Semifinalists participate in an on-site event in which they present their potential garment designs to the judges on a TSA runway.

2018 Theme: 1980's Fashion - Trends and Styles
Each team should design and create from scratch three (3) garments that represent one (1) of the 1980's era fashion trends.

  • State Conference Coordinator #1:  Robin West
  • State Conference Coordinator #2:  Moira Coon
  • Coordinator Contact:

Flight Endurance

Event Description:  Participants (4 Individuals per Chapter, one entry per individual) analyze flight principles with a rubber band-powered model aircraft.

Additional Flight Endurance Information Link:

Music Production

Event Description:  Participants (three teams per chapter; an individual may participate solo in this team event) produce an original musical piece that is designed to be played during the national TSA conference opening or closing general sessions.

Photographic Technology

Event Description:  Participants (5 Individuals per Chapter) capture and process photographic and digital prints that depict the current year’s published theme.  Event will be judged as a drop-off final with no interview and no on site requirement.

Prepared Presentation

Event Description:  Participants (3 Individuals per Chapter) deliver an oral presentation, which should include audio and/or visual enhancement, based on the theme for the current year’s conference.

2018 Theme: "Celebration of Success"

Promotional Design

Event Description:  Participants (5 individuals per chapter, 1 entry each) develop and present a graphic design that can be used to promote participation in TSA competitive events. The design will promote annually-selected competitions from TSA’s array of competitive events.

Iowa Specific Rule:  All PDFs submitted for the state competition should be emailed to with the subject line "2018 Promotional Graphics."

RC Transportation

Event Description:  Participants (5 Teams of 3 Students per Chapter) will compete in a Radio Controlled Car racing event.  The RC Cars will be provided either by the students or participating school chapter.  A set of guidelines, motor requirements, and frequencies will be posted in this area prior to the Local and State Conferences.

2017-2018 RC Car Rules: Click to Download Rules Sheet

Spring Conference 2018 RC Registration: Team Registration Link

Example of Team Registration Link: Click to Open Example


Event Description:  Participants (3 Teams of 2 Students per chapter) work as part of a team on-site with supplied materials to build a model of a structure that is destructively tested to determine design efficiency.

Iowa Specific Rule:  Structures will be built at the State Conference this year (2018).  All participants need to bring their own building tools and glue.  The building materials (except glue) will be provided by Iowa TSA at the event. 

HS Structural Design will be utilizing the MS Design Description, and Team Verification Document for the Iowa TSA Spring Conference this year.  Please just cross out the Middle School and change it to High School on any printed documents for the event.

Structural Design Description: Click to Download

Team Verification Document: Click to Download

Technology Bowl

Event Description:  Participants (2 Teams of 3 Students per Chapter) complete a written, objective test in order to qualify for oral question/response, head-to-head team competition.

  • State Conference Coordinator:  Jake Larson
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Technology Problem Solving

Event Description:  Participants (3 Teams of 2 Students per Chapter) work together on site to develop and create a solution to a problem using the limited materials provided and the tools allowed.

*TOOLBOX REMINDER* All problem solving teams need to bring a toolbox that contains the items listed on the National TSA event description.  Please make sure prior to the event that your toolbox contains only the allowed items to participate in the challenge.  Teams who use outside materials not listed by the National TSA Event Description will be subject to point deductions/disqualification. (Updated on 3/22/16)

Transportation Modeling

Event Description:  Participants (5 individuals per chapter, 1 entry per individual) use engineering skills to design and fabricate a CO2-powered scale model of a vehicle that meets the current year’s stated design theme.

2018 Theme: The History of Stock Car Racing

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VEX Robotics

Event Description:  The TSA VEX Robotics Competition engages middle and high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through an exciting, head-to-head robotics contest that captures student attention and both enhances—and allows them to use—their skills in STEM areas. In addition, the competition complements the existing technology-related competitive events offered by TSA at both levels of instruction.  (Unlimited Entries per Chapter)


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