Competition Updates


Please note: For all entries that require documentation materials (comprising a “portfolio”) secured in a clear front report cover, visit this site for a sample report cover. 



For the high school events listed here, the LEAP rubric “Exemplary” text should read as noted below.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
Debating Technological Issues
Engineering Design
Fashion Design and Technology
On Demand Video
Software Development

Exemplary (for individual events)               Exemplary (for team events)

The individual’s efforts are clearly                The team’s efforts are clearly
communicated, fully-detailed, and                communicated, fully-detailed, and
convincing. Identification and/or                    convincing. Identification and/or
incorporation of the LEAP Be. Know.            incorporation of the LEAP Be. Know.
Do. criteria is excellent.                                   Do. criteria is excellent.

Updated 10/13/16

HS Coding

Participants should use the Java programming language to prepare for the High School Coding event.

Participants will be presented with a series of coding problems that must be completed on site at the conference. Evaluation will be based on the successful completion of the problems and the time in which it takes students or teams to complete all the challenges.

In addition to the specific HS Coding competition rules and regulations, students also must adhere to TSA’s general rules (found in the HS competitive events guide).

The USA Computing Olympiad website and the ACM-ICPC International website are helpful resources for the Coding event. Additional resources that can be used to prepare for the event are listed below:






Updated 9/29/16

MS Catapult Design

Please note the clarification that is underlined for Procedure L:
When teams receive their bucket and the fire command is given, they will have one (1) minute to launch as many hollow plastic practice golf balls as possible, one at a time, to accumulate as many points as possible in the net. Each team must cease firing at
one (1) minute. No shots made after time has been called will count. 

Updated 9/29/15

Use these links to view a chipping target and plastic golf balls for MS Catapult Design. The target shown in the link will replace the one pictured in Procedure M in the competition guidelines. Added 10/27/15

Adjustment to the first sentence of Procedure M:
The center of the scoring net will be approximately 15' to 25' from the launching area; students should use their tape measure to determine the distance to the center of the target in order to adjust their catapult for accuracy to that distance. Updated 1/19/16

MS Forensic Technology

Please note the following additional tool that is required in each student forensic tool kit
(Regulation E):
11. duster and dust (for fingerprinting) Updated 12/10/15
12. fingerprint lifting tape (or clear packing tape, but NOT everyday Scotch tape) Updated 1/29/16

The written test scores of individual team members will be averaged and recorded as a
single team score on the rubric. Twelve teams with the highest scores will be selected as
semifinalists for the on-site problem. Recognition awards will be provided for finalist team
placement only. Updated 10/2/15

National TSA conference information

The on-site problem for Forensic Technology at the conference will require participants to:

  • demonstrate 1-2 techniques/procedures for evidence collection using their toolkits
  • write an analysis of the crime scene

Teams will be allowed 20 minutes to review the crime scene and collect items, and 15 minutes for the written analysis. 

Regulation F, third bullet should read: Creation of a proportional drawing that accurately represents the crime scene. (Note The crime scene template in the toolkit may be used to create the drawing, but the drawing does NOT need to be to scale.) 
Updated 3/28/16