How to Get Involved in STEM Education… Be a Judge!
When I heard “Colorado TSA” for the first time in a recent discussion, I thought there must be some mistake! The Colorado Transportation Security Administration? No, far from it. Colorado TSA is the Colorado division of the Technology Student Association and is doing great things for STEM education in the state.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More than 2 million student members have participated since its charter in 1978. Student members participate through challenging competitions, leadership opportunities, and community service. The TSA has been making Makers since 1978, wow!
If you’ve been wondering how to get involved in STEM education this is it. Colorado TSA has 65 high school and middle school chapters across the state. If you are a teacher, you can start a chapter at your school. If you are a manufacturer wanting to contribute to building a pipeline of talent, you can sponsor, mentor, or participate in the competitions and conferences. If you are someone who is simply interested in STEM education but doesn’t know how to get involved, you can start by being a competition judge if you like. That’s what I’m doing at the Colorado TSA State Conference Feb 19th – 21st held at the Denver Marriott – Tech Center.
A sampling of the competitions include Engineering Design, Music Production, Manufacturing Prototyping, Digital Photography, Computer Aided Design, Video Game Design, Animatronics, Dragster Design, Fashion Design, Underwater Vehicles, yes, in the hotel pool…..Debate, Speech, Desktop Publishing, Biotechnology Design, Architectural Renovation………you name it!
The programing doesn’t stop at the high school. That’s where SkillsUSA takes the reigns. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, SkillsUSA is a sister career and technical student organization to TSA. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. The program provides quality educational experiences for high school and postsecondary students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development by emphasizing quality, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. Technical program areas cover welding, carpentry, automotive and other high paying technical fields.
You can learn more about both these organizations, the TSA and SkillsUSA here à http://www.ctsoadvisor.com and join me at the TSA Colorado Conference Feb 19th – 21st. You can sign up to be a judge at one or more of the competitions (Castle Ballistics? Can’t wait to see what that’s about!) Sign up here à https://www.registermychapter.com/tsa/co/JudgeReg.aspx.
Let’s Make more Makers!