Seventeen students from the Lower Merion High School Technology Student Association (TSA) recently traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the 2018 National TSA Conference – an annual competition filled with challenging STEM-related events and activities that foster personal growth and leadership development.
This year's conference theme was "A Celebration of Success" as TSA marked its 40th anniversary of enhancing personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through intracurricular activities, competitions, and other programs. More than 250,000 TSA student members in schools across the United States compete in regional and state competitions throughout the year with the goal of qualifying for the National Conference.
The theme – "A Celebration of Success" – was fitting for Lower Merion given their outstanding all-around performance throughout the weekend as the Aces collected 8 top-ten finishes, including a pair of first place finishes in individual events. The LMHS contingent also took home a $500 prize in the LEAP Legacy Chapter Competition for their accomplishments in community service, leadership and outreach projects. The LEAP Legacy Chapter is a comprehensive leadership recognition program offered to middle and high school chapters as an optional TSA activity that includes a competition component. Chapters demonstrate and are evaluated on their involvement in LEAP activities related to The Student Leadership Challenge-Five Practices for Becoming an Exemplary Leader.
Congratulations to LMHS TSA on an outstanding year and exemplary performance at Nationals! Please see below for a description of the Aces' top-ten performances!
1st Place – Children's Stories: This event asks students to create a book for children about a STEM topic within a set of given parameters and allows students to express their creativity through engineering new solutions in creating a compelling final product. Students integrate art, interactive technology, and storytelling into a published final product.
- Team Members: Kelsey Stanton, Chris De Santis, Sophie Yang, Will De Santis, Annabelle Van Rawley, Sihan Wu
1st Place – Chapter Team: Students take a test on Parliamentary Procedure and Robert's Rules of Order then perform a 15-minute business meeting according to parliamentary procedure where they are judged by professional parliamentarians.
- Team Members: Kelsey Stanton, Kathy Yao, Julian Ginzburg, Elliot Ginzburg, Sophie Yang, Dhaval Sharma
2nd Place - Promotional Design: Students competing in promotional design are tasked to create a promotional marketing portfolio to advocate for a TSA chapter. The portfolio contains 4 or 5 items which include a business card, brochure, and may include any other promotional marketing materials.
- Team Member: Chris De Santis
2nd Place – Biotechnology Design: This year's theme was food. Students made displays, models, and portfolios about biotechnological processes related to food and were judged by industry professionals on accuracy, ingenuity, and presentation.
- Team Members: Kelsey Stanton, Kathy Yao, Julian Ginzburg, Elliott Ginzburg, Sophie Yang, Dhaval Sharma
Top 10 – Webmaster: Students code a website on a selected theme, which was artificial intelligence. Students also create a product that uses AI and interview with computer scientists about both front and back end aspects of the website. To view their website, click here.
- Team Members: Elliot Ginzburg, Dhaval Sharma, Julian Ginzburg
Top 10 – Coding: Students compete in a timed code writing event in which they need to satisfy the request of a surprise prompt. They are judged by computer scientists on the code they create to solve the problem.
- Team Members: Charlie Herrmann, Dhaval Sharma, Katherine Wang
Top 10 - Fashion Design: An event meant to test design and fabric construction skills through designing, making, and modeling clothes. This year's theme was the 1980s.
- Team Members: Will De Santis, Catherine Roser, Madison Dillon
Top 10 - STEM Careers: A student must shadow or intern at a STEM-related job and pick a certain skill that that job utilizes and make a video demonstrating the skill afterwards. Students interview with a STEM professional about what they accomplished, learned, and created.
- Team Member: Katherine Wang