Themes & Problems

2015-2016 Competitive Event Themes and Problems


Career Prep
Choose one of these careers:
     Civil engineer
     IT manager
     Computer programmer
     Project manager

Children's Stories
Theme: The marine life of our oceans, lakes, rivers, and/or streams

Digital Photography
Theme: Family

Environmental Engineering
Topic: Water supply and treatment

Essays on Technology
Topic: Developments in robotics technology in the past 50 years
     Personal use

Geospatial Technology
Click here for the 2016 design brief.

Mass Production
Theme: A desk organizer that includes the TSA logo

Microcontroller Design
Challenge: Create an educational toy for a preschool-aged child (ages 2-4 years old)

Prepared Speech
(Conference) Theme: Building a Legacy

Structural Engineering
Click here for the 2016 challenge. Updated 9/16/15
Click here for the Verification form.

Video Game Design
National TSA conference team entries must be submitted to this link by 11:59 pm PDT on May 15th. Email verification of the entry will be made by June 10th.

Website Design
Click here for the 2016 design brief.
To submit your URL, please use this link:


Architectural Renovation
Click here for the 2016 challenge.
Click here for photographs and information related to the 2016 challenge. Added 10/2/15

Biotechnology Design
Area of focus: Outer space and biotechnology 

Career Preparation
Career areas:
     Manufacturing engineer
     Web developer
     Data communication analyst

CNC Production
Problem: Fabricate a mechanical bank device that self-deposits pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters; evaluation is based on the number of coins that can be deposited in a two (2)-minute time frame. The theme of the mechanical bank must be inspired by the city and/or state of the national TSA conference site.

Debating Technological Issues
Topic: Required Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses for high school students

Subtopic 1: What are the pros and cons of requiring STEM classes for high school students across the nation?

Subtopic 2: Are STEM classes more important than other disciplines/classes (e.g. language arts, history, fine arts) for high school students?

Subtopic 3: Should the successful completion of STEM classes be mandatory for high school graduation? 

Digital Video Production
Theme: Stopping social media bullying

Fashion Design
Click here for the 2016 theme.

Manufacturing Prototype
Product: A device to hold supplies for a person who uses a wheelchair

Photographic Technology
Theme: Macro photography

Prepared Presentation
(Conference) Theme: Building a Legacy

Promotional Graphics
Challenge: Create a design that promotes teaching technology and engineering as a career, recruiting high school students or undeclared college students.
Entries must be submitted no later 11:59 pm (PDT) on June 10th
Entry submission instructions

Structural Design and Engineering
Click here for the 2016 challenge. Updated 9/23/15; Basic configuration drawing updated 1/7/16
Click here for the Assessment form.

Transportation Modeling
Theme: Riding lawnmowers

Click here for the 2016 design brief.