COTSA Launches S3

Colorado TSA is proud to announce the launch of it’s Spring STEAM Symposium otherwise known as S3!

Designed as a one-day conference positioned halfway between the annual state conference and the national conference, S3 will be filled with extended professional development and chapter leadership training along with hands-on workshops from business and industry professionals, a capstone symposium, peer-to-peer round-tables, portfolio reviews, a photography show, a film festival and more!

S3 differs from both the annual TSA Fall Leadership and State Conferences. At the Fall Leadership Conference, students are introduced to basic leadership skills as well as the LEAP leadership program offered through National TSA. At the annual State Conference, the focus is on conducting the association’s business, interacting with business and industry professionals, and participating in competitive events.

Recently, however, chapters have been requesting more in-depth chapter and leadership development – something Colorado TSA did not have the capacity to provide at the Fall Leadership or State Conferences. To address that need, S3 was developed; it’s a conference in a symposium format where TSA chapters can receive additional professional development AND further showcase their skills and talents

“While there may be some instances where S3 events and activities may mirror or overlap already-existing events within TSA’s competitive events,” said Tony Raymond, COTSA State Advisor, “through S3, we are able to remove some of the restrictions that throttle creativity and open up a whole host of opportunities for students to make new cross-disciplinary connections.”

The purpose of S3 is to “provide students with professional development opportunities outside of a competitive environment.” Included in the Symposium are:

  • Capstone Project Presentation: Using a round-table presentation format, students share their capstone projects (research results, completed work, as well as innovative concepts, products, etc.). Each presentation should have a short “elevator speech intro” of no more than 30 seconds to present to passers-by that briefly summarizes the topic of the capstone project. Presenters are also expected to be able to answer questions that participants may have regarding the project.
  • Film Festival: This showcase of student-made films allows students to demonstrate their skills in a number of STEAM-related areas, including writing, drama, photography, fine arts, computer technology, business development, leadership, math, and science.
  • Photography Show: Students submit a single matted photograph in one of a number of categories for critique and review.
  • Portfolio Review: Participants submit portfolios for review by business and industry professionals.
  • Workshops: In addition to the events listed here, Colorado TSA is preparing a comprehensive list of workshops, seminars, and presentations by business and industry professionals on a variety of topics, including: leadership development, parliamentary procedure, film/video production, marketing, career development, hands-on sessions, and more! Details on the presentations lined up will be posted on the Colorado TSA website (http://cotsa.cccs.edu/s3) as they become available!

The inaugural S3 will be held April 19, 2019 at the Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way (Building 697), in Denver, Colorado. Space is extremely limited this first year, so mark your calendars now to attend. For more information please visit the S3 website at http://www.cotsa.cccs.edu/s3 or contact the COTSA State Advisor, Tony Raymond, at tony.raymond@cccs.edu or (303) 758-2794.

 

TSA National Conference Results – 2018

The 2018 National TSA Conference, held June 22-26 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, featured the work of nearly 8,500 of the best and brightest students in STEM education. When the dust had settled from the multi-day competition, Colorado TSA chapters had several top 10 rankings and a number of individuals and teams earn recognition as the top three in the nation. Below is a listing of the results for Colorado TSA chapters.You may view the complete listing of events here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Biotechnology Design – Middle School – STEM School Highlands Ranch – 6th and 7th place
  • CAD Foundations – Middle School – Li Hong Sweet-Seip, Pleasant View Middle School – 1st place
  • CAD Foundations – Middle School – Kyle Holt, Pleasant View Middle School – 7th place
  • Digital Photography – Middle School – Katie Seymour, STEM School Highlands Ranch – 1st place
  • Dragster – Middle School – Abram Yehle, Dunstan Middle School – 5th place
  • Inventions and Innovations – Middle School – West Jefferson Middle School – 6th place
  • Junior Solar Sprint – Middle School – Pleasant View Middle School – 7th place
  • Mass Production – Middle School – STEM School Highlands Ranch – 7th place
  • Mechanical Engineering – Middle School – Euclid Middle School – 9th Place
  • Microcontroller Design – Middle School – Euclid Middle School – 7th Place
  • Off the Grid – Middle School – STEM School Highlands Ranch – 7th place
  • Structural Engineering – Middle School – Euclid Middle School – 5th place
  • Structural Engineering – Middle School – STEM School Highlands Ranch – 9th place
  • Technical Design – Middle School – North Arvada Middle School – 7th place

HIGH SCHOOL

  • 3D Animation – High School – Cherokee Trail High School – 7th Place
  • Animatronics – High School – STEM School Highlands Ranch – 3rd Place
  • CAD – Engineering – High School – Tyler Smith, Northridge High School –10th place
  • Chapter Team – High School – Grandview High School – 3rd Place
  • Chapter Team – High School – Littleton High School – 7th Place
  • Children’s Stories – High School – Academy High School – 7th place
  • Digital Video Production – High School – Mountain Vista High School – 9th Place
  • Essays on Technology – High School – Connor Vogel, Castle View High School – 1st Place
  • Extemporaneous Speech – High School – Connor Vogel – Castle View High School – 5th Place
  • Music Production – High School – Littleton High School – 7th Place
  • On-Demand Video Production – High School – Mountain Vista High School – 3rd Place
  • Photographic Technology – High School – Beth Rossman, Littleton High School – 8th Place
  • Software Development – High School – Legend High School – 9th place
  • STEM Careers – High School – Jayendra Chauhan, Rock Canyon High School – 10th place
  • Structural Design and Engineering – High School – Westminster High School – 7th Place
  • Structural Design and Engineering – High School – Pueblo County High School – 10th place
  • System Control Technology – High School – STEM School Highlands Ranch – 7th place
  • Tech Bowl – High School – Grandview High School – 2nd Place
  • Tech Bowl – High School – STEM School Highlands Ranch – 4th Place
  • Video Game Design – High School – Castle View High School – 6th Place

LEAP LEGACY FINALISTS:

Congratulations to Cherokee Trail High School which finished in 4th Place in the LEAP Legacy High School Chapter event.

Congratulations also to STEM School Highlands Ranch which finished in 4th place in the LEAP Legacy Middle School Chapter event.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!!

All of the the results for the 2018 TSA National Conference can be found here: http://www.registermychapter.com/tsa/nat/Results.aspx

 

National Conference Results

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The 2017 National TSA Conference, held June 21-25 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL,  featured the work of nearly 8,000 of the best and brightest students in STEM education. When the dust had settled from the multi-day competition, Colorado TSA chapters had several top 10 rankings and a number of individuals and teams earn recognition as the top three in the nation. Below is a listing of the results for Colorado TSA chapters. You may view the complete listing of events here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • CAD Foundations – Middle School – Tyler Jones, Pleasant View Middle School – 4th place
  • Career Prep – Middle School – Sarah Coleman, STEM School and Academy – 8th place
  • Digital Photography – Middle School – James Barnes, Laredo Middle School – 1st place
  • Dragster – Middle School – Zachary Conrad – The STEM School and Academy – 9th place
  • Geospatial Technology – Middle School – The STEM School and Academy – 5th place
  • Inventions & Innovations – Middle School – Euclid Middle School – 9th place
  • Medical Technology  – Middle School – The STEM School and Academy – 10th place
  • Structural Engineering – Middle School – Pleasant View Middle School – 6th place
  • System Control Technology – Middle School – Euclid Middle School – 9th place

HIGH SCHOOL

  • CAD – Architecture – High School – Alex Walz, Cherokee Trail High School – 9th place
  • CAD – Engineering – High School – Ryan Hamilton, Overland High School – 9th place
  • Chapter Team – Written – High School – Matthew Fox, Grandview High School – 5th place
  • Coding– High School – Heritage High School – 10th place
  • Dragster Design – High School – Tyler Perez, Cherokee Trail High School – 7th place
  • Future Technology Teacher – High School – Samantha Riebling, Littleton High School – 10th place
  • Music Production – High School – Legend High School – 9th Place
  • Photographic Technology – High School – Ian Philben, Legend High School – 1st place
  • Prepared Presentation – High School – Alec Yagey, Mountain Vista High School – 5th place
  • Software Development – High School – Castle View High School – 1st place
  • Structural Design and Engineering – High School – Mountain Vista High School – 7th place
  • Technology Bowl – Oral – High School – Heritage High School – 5th place
  • Technology Bowl – Written – High School – Clint Hemphill, Heritage High School – 7th place
  • Webmaster – High School – Legend High School – 1st place

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!!

The results for the 2017 National TSA State Conference can be found here: http://www.registermychapter.com/tsa/nat/Results.aspx

 

Volunteer Opportunities List

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

– Winston Churchill

As part of every TSA Chapter’s Program of Work should be a strong commitment to a community service project. To that end, the Colorado TSA State Officer Team has put together a list of volunteer/community service opportunities for chapters that may be looking for a project in which to participate. The list is located here: http://cotsa.cccs.edu/volunteer-opportunities/ and can be accessed using the links at the left under Chapter Support and Resources.

The list will be updated as opportunities arise. If your chapter needs some help finding a community service project, check out the list. If your chapter already has a project, and just needs a little more help, then let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

Remember, as Albert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”