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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.

Middle School Events

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Middle School Events

2018 State Conference Registration Link:

Career Prep

Event Description:  Participants (3 individuals per chapter) conduct research on a selected technology-related career and use the knowledge gained to prepare a resume and cover letter, and participate in a mock interview.

Iowa Specific Rules:  The number of entries will determine if there will be a semifinalist list for the interviews.  If there are 10 or fewer entries, all will be interviewed.  If there are more than 10, a semifinalist list for interviews will be posted.

Participants are to select a career from one (1) of the following career clusters:

  • Health Science

  • Information Technology

  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

State Event Coordinator: Barb South

Coordinator Contact:

Challenging Technology Issues

Event Description:  Participants (2 teams of two members per chapter) prepare and deliver an extemporaneous debate style presentation with team members explaining opposing views of a current technology issue that has been selected on site from the four possible issues on the National Total TSA Middle School document.

Technology Issues:

  • A U.S. space force

  • 3D printed homes in a third world country

  • Online textbooks for all classes

  • U.S. tariffs on imports

State Event Coordinator: Dennis Erb, Boone MS

Coordinator Contact:


Chapter of Excellence Document:  Please fill out this document completely and email to Rhys South, contact information below.  The Due Date is April 5th 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 (2 teams of six members per chapter) demonstrate their understanding of parliamentary procedure relative to business meetings. Participants will perform an opening ceremony, dispose of three items of business, and perform a closing ceremony within a specified time period.

  • State Event Coordinator: Nick Crosse

  • Coordinator Contact:

Children’s Stories

Event Description:  Participants (3 teams per chapter; a team of 1-3 individuals is permitted) create an illustrated children’s story that will incorporate educational and social values. The story must revolve around the theme for a given year that is posted on the TSA website.

Theme: Tactile STEM Book
Design a tactile picture book that explains a STEM concept of your choice for children with a disability.

  • State Event Coordinator: Larry Johnson

  • Coordinator Contact:

Community Service Video

Event Description:  Participants (3 teams per chapter, up to five students per team [entries may be submitted by an individual or group]) create and submit a finished video that highlights their chapter’s involvement with the American Cancer Society, national TSA’s service partner.

Iowa Specific Rule:  Each team must upload their video to Youtube as an "Unlisted" video, and share the link with the State Coordinator.

Digital Photography

Event Description:  Participants (4 individuals per chapter) design and place the album on a storage device for submission. 

2019 Theme: "Landscape of Seasons"

Iowa Specific Rules:  We would still like to have the entry in an actual binder with pages printed out.  No storage device or CD will be required or judged.  There will be no semifinalist activity for this event. 

  • State Event Coordinator: Jayce Carter

  • Coordinator Contact:


Event Description:  Participants (5 individuals per chapter, one entry per individual) design, produce working drawings for, and build a CO2-powered dragster according to stated specifications and using only certain specified materials.

A dimension working drawing is required (Hand and CAD Drawings allowed).

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.


Event Description:  Participants (4 individuals per chapter, one entry each) study the principles of flight and design in order to fabricate and test-fly gliders. Gliders must be designed to be launched from a catapult that is provided on site. Flight duration of the gliders and documentation of the design process are the primary elements of the evaluation.

Reminder that a portfolio of work leading up to the State Conference, a Toolbox, and Materials are required of each participating group.  These items are detailed in the MS Events Guide. (Updated 3/22/16)

Additional Flight Endurance Information Link:

Junior Solar Sprint

Event Description:  Participants (3 teams per chapter, up to 3 students per team) explore an alternative energy source and experience the automotive design process when they research and conceptualize a design, make drawings, build a model from the design, and race a solar-powered car model.

Iowa TSA Junior Solar Sprint Rubric (Click Here to Download)

(Only Required for Nationals) All students, parents, volunteers and chapter advisors should complete the required online JSS cvent registration using this link.

Mass Production

Event Description:  Participants (two teams of 2-4 individuals per team) manufacture a marketable product related to the current year’s theme. The team submits a documentation portfolio of the activities involved and three identical products made during the manufacturing process.

2019 Theme: A desktop novelty item. (Something that serves no purpose other than to ‘entertain’ a visitor to a person’s workspace. No electronic parts are permitted.)


Event Description:  Throughout the world, people are working to become more self-sustaining when it comes to landscaping and architectural design. Sometimes the purpose is to live off the grid, and other times it is to create a smaller carbon footprint. There are many options throughout the world, but sometimes a location limits or enables those options. In this event, participants conduct research on a sustainable architectural design for a home in a country of the team's choosing (other than their home country). 
Participants (3 teams of 1-5 participants per state) will create a display and a model. The model can be of the home the team designed or of a specific aspect of their design. 

Theme: Design a home for a family of four (4) and two (2) architecturally integrated food sources.

Prepared Speech

Event Description:  Participants (3 individuals per chapter) develop and deliver an oral presentation that reflects the theme of the current year’s national conference.

2019 Theme: Model the Way

  • State Event Coordinator: Dennis Erb, Boone MS

  • Coordinator Contact:

Technology Problem Solving

Event Description:  Participants (3 teams of two individuals per chapter) use problem solving skills to develop a finite solution to a stated problem given on site. Participants work as a team to provide the best solution, which is measured objectively.

*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)

  • State Event Coordinator: Taylor Shaw

  • Coordinator Contact:

Promotional Marketing

Event Description:  Participants (three individuals per chapter) design one piece of a TSA Marketing Toolkit that must include a banner 96"x 48" advertising a fundraiser for a new 3D printer and materials for the chapter to use for conferences

Special Note: Submissions should be converted to pdf and emailed to the coordinator by April 5th at 3:00 pm.

RC Transportation

Event Description:  Participants (three individuals per team, 5 teams 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.


2018-2019 RC Car Rules: Click to Download Rules Sheet

Spring Conference 2019 RC Registration: Team Registration Link

Example of Team Registration Link: Click to Open Example

Structural Engineering

Event Description:  Participants (3 teams of two members per chapter) research, design, and build a model-through bridge for destructive testing.

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.

Announcement:  The structure design drawing will be done in advance of the contest.  Bring the completed design drawing to check in with you.

Groups will be limited to 12 linear feet of 1/8 x 1/8 balsa and 8 linear feet of 1/8 x ¼ balsa plus the 1/32 x 2-1/2 x 12 road bed piece.

Middle School Structural Design Description (Click Here for Link)

Middle School Team Verification Document (Click Here for Link)

Technology Bowl

Event Description:  Participants (2 teams of three individuals per chapter) compete in a head-to-head team competition.

  • State Event Coordinator: Vickie Lee

  • Coordinator Contact:

Technical Design

Event Description:  Participants (3 teams of two individuals per chapter) demonstrate the ability to use the technical design process to solve an engineering design problem.

2019 Design Statement:  Water Bottle Design

VEX Robotics

Event Description:  (Unlimited Entries per chapter)  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.


Link to Description of Competition:

Website Design

Event Description:  Participants (one [1] team of three to six [3-6] individuals per chapter; one entry per team) 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. The design brief for this event will be posted on Themes and Problems. Semifinalists (determined prior to the conference) 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.

 2019 Theme: An Escape from the Ordinary

Design Brief