Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Possible events for TSA Week

You can vote for the events below that you want to keep at this link:((here.)
Career Preparation Participants (one individual per chapter) research technology-related careers designated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as falling in the top ten employment growth areas in the near future. As part of the research for the careers noted in the current conference year, students prepare a resume and cover letter for each career. Semifinalists participate in an on-site job interview related to one of the careers
For the 2012-2013 school year, students research and prepare a resume and cover letter for each of the following careers:
Computer software specialist
Film and video editor
Biomedical engineer
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) 2D, Architecture Participants (two individuals per state) create representations, such as foundation and/or floor plans, and/or elevation drawings, and/or details of architectural ornamentation or cabinetry.
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) 3D, Engineering Participants (two individuals per state) create 3D computer model(s) of an engineering or machine object, such as a machine part, tool, device, or manufactured product.
Debating Technological Issues Participants (three teams of two members per state) work together to prepare for a debate against a team from another chapter. Teams are instructed on site to take either the pro or con side of a subtopic (which falls under a general topic) that is designated annually.
Team members prepare to debate both pro and con views of a subtopic (which falls under a general topic) against a team from another chapter.
The 2013 topic is Social Media, with these subtopics:
    Should your use of social media, on or off the job, affect your employment status?
    Does the use of social media increase the risk of identity theft?
    Should providers/creators of social media sites be held liable for the negative impacts that may result from their use, such as bullying, predatory stalking, etc.?
Desktop Publishing Participants (one individual per state) produce a notebook containing a news release, a three-column newsletter, and a poster. All participants (not just semifinalists) work to solve an on-site problem to demonstrate their abilities to use the computer to design and edit materials for in-house publication.
Digital Video Production Participants (three teams per state, one entry per team) develop a digital video/film that focuses on the current year’s theme. Sound may accompany the film.
Theme: Follow the Rules
Essays on Technology Participants (three individuals per state) conduct research in an announced technological area and using the knowledge and personal insights gained from this research write an essay on one subtopic selected from two or three related subtopics designated on site.
Topic: The Positive and Negative Effects of Technology on Today’s Youth
Social development
Extemporaneous Speech Participants (three individuals per state) give a three-to-five minute speech fifteen minutes after having drawn a card on which a technology or TSA topic for a speech is written.
Future Technology Teacher Participants (three individuals per chapter) research and select three accredited colleges or universities that offer technology education or engineering technology teacher preparation as a major. Each participant writes a one page simulated college essay explaining 1) why s/he wishes to become a technology education or engineering technology teacher and 2) what would constitute success in the field. Participants also develop and present a lesson plan.
Music Production Participants (three teams per state) produce an original musical piece that is designed to be played during the national TSA conference opening or closing general session.
On Demand Video Participants (one team of two or more students per chapter, one entry per team) write, shoot, and edit a sixty second video on site at the conference.
Photographic Technology Participants (one individual per chapter) capture and process photographic and digital prints that depict the current year’s published theme. Semifinalists participate in an on-site event in which they capture digital images and utilize multimedia software to prepare and develop a media presentation during the annual conference.
Theme: Courage
Prepared Presentation Participants (three individuals per state) deliver an oral presentation, which should include audio and/or visual enhancement, based on the theme for the current year’s conference.
This year's Conference Theme: "A Tradition of Excellence"
 Promotional Graphics Participants (two individuals per chapter, one entry each) develop and present a graphic design that can be used to promote participation in TSA competitive events. The design will promote annually-selected competitions from TSA’s array of competitive events.
Options: Animatronics, Chapter Team, Music Production
Technical Sketching and Application Participants (two individuals per chapter) complete a written test in order to qualify for the semifinalist level of competition. Semifinalists must demonstrate their ability to solve on-site engineering graphics problems using standard drafting techniques.
Technology Bowl Participants (one team of three members per chapter) complete a written, objective test in order to qualify for oral question/response, head-to-head team competition.
Video Game Design Participants [three teams per state (a minimum of two individuals per team), one entry per team] develop an E-rated game that focuses on the subject of their choice.
Webmaster Participants (one team of three to five members per chapter) are required to design, build and launch a website that features their school's career and technology education program, the TSA chapter, and the chapter’s ability to research topics pertaining to technology. Semifinalists participate in an on-site interview to demonstrate the knowledge and expertise gained during the development of the website, with an emphasis on Internet and web history, web design (school, chapter and design brief pages), and research about cutting edge advances in technology. Refer to the document at this link: (here) for design brief.