Benefits of TSA membership:
As a recognized student organization, TSA offers you and your students the opportunity to be involved in local, state, and national completions; to participate in leadership training; and to network with students and teachers from other schools.
To the Students:
Perhaps the most important benefit of TSA membership is the inspiration and enthusiasm that students gain from receiving recognition for applying their knowledge. Demonstrating skills in a forum beyond school walls motivates students, especially when there is a large, like-minded audience of peers who support them. Other benefits include these opportunities:
- to work with guidance on complex projects from start to finish
- to work closely as part of a team
- to compete on state and national levels
- to develop leadership skills by participating at the local, state, or national levels
- to meet and work with business and industry leaders
to travel to organized meetings
- to meet other students with similar interests from all over the United States
- to contribute time and effort to a national service project
- to receive all national membership services, including the TSA newsletter, School Scene
- to receive recognition through TSA's honor society, scholarships, and achievement programs
- to have a voice in a national organization that is helping shape the future of technology education in America's classrooms
Competitive Events: Chapters may choose to work on TSA competitions only within your school or you can take TSA beyond the school building to compete with others around the state and/or country in technology competitions.
Leadership Opportunities: Leadership training is offered at the state and national level. Officers are elected at the local (chapter) level, the state level, and the national level.
Conferences: State and national conferences are an excellent way to expand your TSA experience. They provide a venue for exciting competitions, as well as an opportunity to meet students and advisors from other schools with similar interests.
To the Teacher:
Involvement gives you an avenue to help build your program and gain student buy in to what you do in the classroom. Further, TSA allows teachers the opportunity to network, share ideas, and learn from other teachers and industry professionals.
The competitive events used in TSA also make good additions your curriculum. These standards based activities can be easily adapted for classroom use and include scoring rubrics for easy assessment. TSA activities are presented in the state frameworks as a preferred assessment method.
Program approval & State Standards:
The new Washington State Standards for Technology Education have recently been released. These standards and the accompanying frameworks outline content in a variety of Technology Education courses. All of the TSA competitive events are based on these standards and are linked to the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALR’s) and Grade Level Expectations (GLE’s).
The new Career and Technical Education Program Standards require that CTE programs have a leadership component. TSA is the preferred venue for schools to meet this standard in their Tech Ed, Industrial Technology, Pre-Engineering, Material Science, Principles of Technology, and Applied Math programs.In the next few years, all CTE programs will go through the re-approval process. Having a TSA chapter will help to streamline this process, by helping your school meet the Leadership requirements while at the same time offering assessment tools for your courses.