Competition Updates

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL

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. 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Competitive Events Eligibility, page 28 should read:
Electrical Applications: one (1) team of two (2) individuals per chapter

MS Chapter Team

NOTE: Individual participants will no longer be eligible, nor qualify, for an individual award, nor receive a trophy. Participants in this event will compete as a team of six (6) in both the preliminary (written exam) and the semifinal (oral presentation) rounds.

 LEAP requirements (page 61) have been updated to read as follows: A team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

 EVALUATION (page 63) rule 1a has been eliminated. The new EVALUATION guidelines are as follows:

 Evaluation is based on:

1.       Written exam – Scores on a test of fifty (50) questions determine the semifinalist teams for the oral presentation.

a.       Each team’s average written test score is used to determine the twelve (12) semifinalist teams.

b.      A team’s average test score is included in the final results.

2.       The content and quality of the LEAP Response (semifinalist teams only). Refer to the official rating form for more information. Updated 11/27/17

For both the middle and high school Chapter Team events, each individual on the team will take the written test. All six (6) of the individual’s written test scores will be averaged together to determine the team’s score. Updated 2/28/18

The Official Rating Form (at the top) should read:

MS Flight
The Official Rating Form (semifinal and overall event point total) should read:

MS JSS
The Official Rating Form (at the top) should read:

Participants may choose to wear either the TSA approved JSS T-shirt or official TSA competition attire at the JSS time trials and semifinals events.
T-shirts will be distributed to each participating team member in the JSS event at the 2018 national TSA conference. Updated 4/24/18

 

MS Mechanical Engineering
Clarification of regulations A.1.g and A.1.h: Teams must submit a project safety verification document and a photographic verification of work document. Each team must create these documents, there are no standard forms. Updated 5/7/18

MS Prepared Speech

MS Problem Solving

MS Tech Bowl

NOTE: Individual participants will no longer be eligible, nor qualify, for an individual award,  nor receive a trophy. Participants in this event will compete as a team of three (3) in both the preliminary (written exam) and the semifinal (oral presentation) rounds.

 LEAP requirements (page 272) have been updated to read as follows: A team LEAP Response is required for this event and must be submitted at event check-in (see LEAP Program).

 EVALUATION (page 274) rule A1 has been eliminated. The new EVALUATION guidelines are as follows for letters A and D:

 A.      Preliminary round/written exam: Scores on a test of fifty (50) multiple choice questions will determine the semifinalist teams for the oral competition portion of the event.

D.   Awards: first-place, second-place, and third-place awards are made for the oral competition portion of the event. Updated 11/27/17

For both the middle and high school Tech Bowl events, each individual on the team will take the written test. All three (3) of the individual’s written test scores will be averaged together to determine the team’s score. Updated 2/28/18

HIGH SCHOOL

General Rules and Regulations – For letter B, eliminate "Other than for the VEX event"; therefore the rule should read, “TSA members, advisors, and chapters must be currently affiliated with TSA in order to enter any competitive event.” Updated 12/12/16

Team Eligibility
Unless otherwise designated in a competition’s eligibility guideline, the maximum size of a team is six (6) members. Updated 1/13/17

HS guide, Competitive Events Eligibility chart (page 27)
The eligibility for Future Technology Teacher should read “two (2) individuals per chapter” Updated 12/9/16

LEAP

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

For the following events, the LEAP interview will be conducted as part of the preliminary interview for all entries.
CAD Architecture
CAD Engineering
System Control Technology
Updated 5/9/18

HS Architectural Design
The Official Rating Form, Semifinalist Presentation/Interview, minimal performance criteria for Team Participation should read: The individual/majority of the team is minimally engaged in communicating with judges. Updated 2/27/17

HS 3D Animation
ELIGIBILITY should read: Participants are limited to three (3) teams of two to six (2-6) members per state. Updated 10/24/16

Please note updated Regulations D and H below.

D. Participants will provide their own computer systems for the on-site portion of the competition. Each team member, to a maximum of six (6), may have one (1) laptop/desktop loaded with desired software; one (1) monitor; power strip; 20' extension cord; paper; and pencils.

H.  Semifinalist teams must transfer all files to a single computer, either with a USB flash drive or external hard drive, to create the final rendered animation. The judges will only view the final rendered animation on a single computer; no other computers from the semifinalist teams will be viewed during the evaluation process. Semifinalist teams leave their equipment and entry for judging and return to claim their equipment at the time and place stated in the conference program. Updated 2/16/17

HS Biotechnology Design
(page 59) Eligibility should read “Participants are limited to three (3) teams per state, two to six (2-6) members per chapter.”

HS Chapter Team
The Official Rating Form (at the top) should include the following text:
Updated 11/4/16

NOTE: Individual participants will no longer be eligible, nor qualify, for an individual award,  nor receive a trophy. Participants in this event will compete as a team of six (6) in both the preliminary (written exam) and the semifinal (oral presentation) rounds.

 The pop-out box (page 71) should read as follows: Semifinalist teams that score in the top ten in the oral portion of Chapter Team will be recognized at the awards ceremony.

 EVALUATION (page 72) - The new EVALUATION guidelines are as follows:

Scores on a test of fifty (50) questions determine the semifinalist teams for the oral presentation portion of the event. (Each team’s average written test score is used to determine the twelve [12] semifinalist teams.) A team’s average test score is included in the final results. The LEAP requirements will also be evaluated. Semifinalist teams are evaluated according to the criteria on the official rating form. Please refer to the official rating form for more information. Updated 11/27/17

For both the middle and high school Chapter Team events, each individual on the team will take the written test. All six (6) of the individual’s written test scores will be averaged together to determine the team’s score. Updated 2/28/18

HS Children’s Stories
The electronically enhanced book created for this event should be for children 4-8 years old. Updated 9/15/17

HS Coding

There is no required programming language for this event. Students may use the language of their choice, however, Java, C++, or Python is recommended. 

Teams are strongly encouraged to bring a fully-charged laptop and spare battery for this competition. Updated 12/16/16

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:

·  https://icpc.baylor.edu/compete/preparation

·  https://www.codechef.com/

·  http://www.usaco.org/index.php?page=contests

·  http://blog.hackerearth.com/2013/09/competitive-programming-getting-started_11.html

·  https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-best-strategy-to-improve-my-skills-in-competitive-programming-in-2-3-months 

Updated 9/29/16

HS Debating Technological Issues
The Official Rating Form (top of page 148) should read:

HS Digital Video Production
This event consists of two (2) separate video components:
1. A 30-second public service announcement (PSA)
2. A three (3) minute digital video
Both the 30-second PSA and the three (3) minute video should reflect the current year’s theme.
For more information, go to this link:  Themes and ProblemsUpdated 3/2/17

HS Dragster Design
 

HS Extemporaneous Speech
The Official Rating Form (at the top) should include the following text:

Updated 11/4/16

HS Software Development
The Official Rating Form (top of page 300) should read:

HS Structural Design and Engineering

In reference to the 2018 HS Structural Problem Statement, please refer to and use the updates listed below:

Testing
4. The span will be determined by a random draw of 8” - 14” right before the testing of the structure. Updated 3/13/18

Size Constraints
Carrier structure - 1
Length - 8" Updated 2/7/18
Height - 3 1/8" Updated 2/7/18

Construction Constraints
4. The 1/32” balsa wood sheets cannot be laminated with the grain running parallel or in the same direction. However, it can be glued cross grain or like a lap joint as noted above.
5. The 16" length must be maintained for the entire length of the two crane truss girder structures.

HS Technology Bowl
The Official Rating Form (at the top of page 345) should include the following text:
Adherence to the resume specification determines a participant’s eligibility to take the Technology Bowl written test. Updated 11/21/16

NOTE: Individual participants will no longer be eligible, nor qualify, for an individual award, nor receive a trophy. Participants in this event will compete as a team of three (3) in both the preliminary (written exam) and the semifinal (oral presentation) rounds.

 The pop-out box (page 339) should read as follows: Trophies are awarded to the top three (3) teams in the oral competition.

 The new EVALUATION guidelines (page 338) are as follows:

A.      Written exam: Scores on a test of fifty (50) multiple choice questions determine the semifinalist teams for the oral competition portion of the event. Updated 11/2/17

For both the middle and high school Tech Bowl events, each individual on the team will take the written test. All three (3) of the individual’s written test scores will be averaged together to determine the team’s score. Updated 2/28/18

HS Technology Problem Solving
Procedure E should read, “Each team also is required to bring the following items:” Updated 1/27/17

VEX Robotics Competition

The LEAP Resume will not be required for participants competing in VEX at the national TSA conference.