Let’s face it, technology is what makes the world go ‘round -- especially today with the majority of work and school being conducted remotely. Innovations happen daily in the tech space with a goal of making lives more efficient, easy, and fun! The Technology Student Association (TSA) celebrates students who jump in head-first to make waves in technology and engineering.
Formerly the American Industrial Arts Student Association, the Technology Student Association is the oldest student membership organization for middle school and high school students enrolled in technology and engineering classes. Formed in 1958, TSA is a nationally-recognized organization for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). According to their website, TSA “...enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs.”
With a motto of “Learning to lead in a technical world,” members of TSA recognize a need for constant development in technology and building upon theories to make work and life safer and more effective. Throughout the year, students participate in a number of technology competitions, serve their communities with service projects, and fundraise for the American Cancer Society with which they have a partnership.
In order to qualify for membership in the honor society, students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all courses as well as a 3.0 GPA in technology courses, if currently enrolled. Students must also hold a leadership position within TSA for at least one school year, attend both a regional and national TSA conference, place within the top 3 rank in a regional or national competition, and participate in a service project that benefits the community.
There are currently over 250,000 members with chapters in 2,300 schools and 48 states. The organization touts a nearly 100% high school graduation rate for members with 75% college-bound and you’ll recognize members on graduation day by their red, silver, and blue honor cords.
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