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.