For Students

Welcome to Colorado TSA!

Perhaps the most important benefit of TSA membership is the inspiration and enthusiasm that you, as a student, will gain from receiving recognition for applying the knowledge you have acquired through your career and technical education classes. Through TSA, you will discover that demonstrating your leadership and technical skills in a forum beyond school walls is extremely rewarding and motivational – especially when there is a large, like-minded audience of peers who support you!

Through TSA, you will be able to enhance your technological literacy and develop your leadership skills. Perhaps you will serve as a chapter officer, a state officer, or even a national officer! The opportunities for you to become a leader in your school and community are many. TSA believes in giving back and through community service projects that you help develop, you can do just that – whether it’s with a local charity or with the American Cancer Society (TSA’s national service partner).

In addition to working on complex projects and competing at local, state and national levels, you’re able to work with business and industry leaders as well as students and advisors from other chapters – some close to home and others across the country or even overseas!

In addition to all the wonderful opportunities you will experience, you can receive recognition through TSA’s honor society, scholarships and achievement programs.

On this page you will find a list of resources you may find useful as a student member of TSA. We will update this list periodically throughout the year, so be sure to check back often for news and updates!


Call to Conference & State Competitive Events Guide

The 2019 Call to Conference and State Competitive Events Guide is now available. Included in the guide is information students need to have to be ready to prepare for the state conference including, the Colorado TSA Documentation Style Guide, brief overviews of all of the competitive events we offer in Colorado, plus the rules for the state-only contests!

Dress Code

Chapter and state advisors, parents, and chaperones are responsible for seeing that all TSA student members wear TSA competition, general session, or casual attire as occasions may require. Official TSA attire may be purchased online via the SHOP tab on the TSA website at TSA competition, general session, and casual attire are considered appropriate dress for conference activities and public appearances. Since adults (advisors, parents, and guests) serve as role models at TSA conferences and activities, they are expected to dress appropriately for all TSA occasions they attend. Students must adhere to the TSA dress code requirements as listed below.

At the State Conference, DURING EVENT CHECK-IN and FOR THE OPENING SESSION ONLY, student members are allowed to dress casually; a chapter’s team shirts (e.g., polos or T-shirts) may be worn.

FOR ALL OTHER SESSIONS OR EVENTS, student members must wear official TSA attire, professional TSA attire, or business casual TSA attire as indicated in the national or state competitive events guides. Flip-flops, athletic shoes (tennis shoes, running shoes, etc.), halter tops, tank tops and shorts are not permitted for anyone after event check-in and the opening session. Hats are not to be worn at any time during the conference.

All attendees MUST wear their name badges at all times.

For Chapter Team only, at both the middle school and high school levels, competitors also must wear a navy blue blazer with an official TSA patch; males (only) must wear the official TSA logo neck tie.

Refer to the attire requirements as listed in the guides for event-specific attire. Students are always allowed to dress MORE formally than specified for conference activities, and students dressed LESS formally than specified for an event in which they are competing will be allowed to compete but will be assessed a penalty of twenty percent (20%) of the total possible points.


  • Shirt or blouse: official royal blue TSA dress shirt or white dress shirt ** (See note below)
  • Pants or skirt: light gray (unacceptable: jeans, baggy pants, exterior pocket pants, shorts)
  • Socks: black or dark blue (males only)
  • Shoes: black dress shoes (unacceptable: athletic shoes, army boots, combat, or work boots)
  • Sandals: females only may wear black open-toe shoes or sandals

Required for middle school or high school level Chapter Team only, but may be worn for other competitions if preferred by contestant:

  • Blazer: navy blue with official TSA patch
  • Tie: scarlet red imprinted with official TSA logo (males only)

Please note: Colorado TSA recognizes that not every Colorado TSA member will attend the national conference; they also recognize that the purchase of the new uniform shirt for each member of an entire chapter may put undue financial burdens upon that chapter.

Therefore, Colorado TSA allows the use of white dress shirts/blouses as part of official attire AT THE STATE LEVEL ONLY. It is an expectation and is REQUIRED that students attending the NATIONAL CONFERENCE must purchase the new official blue uniform shirt to be in compliance with national official uniform requirements.

AT THE STATE LEVEL ONLY: If a team is competing in an event where official dress is required, all members of the team MUST wear the same type of shirt – either the white shirt/blouse OR the official royal blue shirt/blouse. Teams may not mix and match blue and white shirts in a team event.

Contest Updates and Clarifications

Periodically throughout the year, the published contests may need a point of clarification or may need to have an update prior to the conference.  The clarifications are located on the Updates and Clarification page at

Current Conference Themes and Problems

Each year, the national offices posts the current year’s conference themes, problems and design briefs on their Themes and Problems page. Please visit this page to get the theme/problem around which your students’ projects will be based. The page is located at:

The theme for the 2019 National Conference is “MODEL THE WAY.”

Star Recognition Program

Colorado TSA provides recognition to those chapters and members who actively assist new or lapsed TSA chapters to become active members. It is through these efforts that TSA continue to grow. Has your chapter assisted a new or inactive TSA chapter (middle or high school) with the affiliation process for this year? If so, we want to know about it so that your chapter received Star recognition! Each chapter that helps a new chapter affiliate receives Star lapel pins and is recognized on the Colorado TSA website.

To qualify for Star recognition, complete the Star Recognition form in the Call to Conference/State Competitive Event Guide by May 1. Pins are awarded on the following criteria:

  • White Star Recognition 1 to 2 new TSA chapters
  • Blue Star Recognition 3 to 5 new TSA chapters
  • Red Star Recognition 6 or more new TSA chapters

Student Awards and Recognition Programs

LEAP Legacy Chapter – The LEAP Legacy Chapter is a comprehensive leadership recognition program offered to middle and high school chapters as an optional national TSA activity that includes a competition component. Chapters demonstrate –  and are evaluated on – their involvement in LEAP activities related to The Student Leadership Challenge-Five Practices for Becoming an Exemplary Leader (SLC-Five Practices)*. 

Chapters complete LEAP Legacy Portfolios, which consist of a cover page, activities template and supporting documents, that are submitted electronically by chapter advisors via

Portfolio submissions are evaluated by judges assembled by national TSA. Based on minimum qualifying scores, one middle school and one high school per state will be selected as semifinalists. Ten middle school chapters and ten high school chapters will be selected to advance as national semifinalists.  National semifinalist chapters compete as participants in the TSA Meet and Greet event at the annual national TSA conference.

First through third place middle and high school chapters will receive $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively.  First through third place chapter winners also will receive trophies on stage at the national TSA conference awards ceremony.

March 31st is the deadline for submissions.

Chapter Excellence Award – This award recognizes a chapter’s involvement in scholastic and educational activities, participation in state and national conferences, inter-chapter participation, fundraising, and leadership activities. The form can be downloaded from the link below

Technology Honor Society – The TSA Technology Honor Society recognizes TSA members who excel in academics, leadership and service to their school and community. The TSA Technology Honor Society is an opportunity for students to be recognized for their efforts and is designed to recognize TSA members who exemplify the high ideals of academics. Information and required forms may be downloaded from the link below.

Dr. Bob Hanson Distinguished Student Award – The recipient of the Distinguished Student Award is selected on the basis of valued service to the community and to TSA. Both past and present contributions are considered. Criteria for eligibility include: 1)Active member in good standing with TSA for a minimum of one school year; 2) Active participation in TSA at the local, state, or national level, 3) Recognition by fellow students, teachers, or administrators of technology education programs as a student who has achieved prominence and distinction. The application for this award can be downloaded from the link below.

Chapter Advisor of the Year – This award is presented to an outstanding chapter advisor for their work in promoting TSA, their chapter’s accomplishments, their facilitation and leadership skills. The application can be downloaded at the link below.

William P. Elrod Memorial Scholarship – This memorial scholarship is made available through funds dedicated by the TSA, Inc. Board of Directors to the memory of William P. Elrod, a founding father of TSA, from Madison, Kansas. Mr. Elrod, who died in 1990, was known for his longstanding leadership and involvement with TSA. Information and the application can be downloaded using the link below.

State Officer Application

In addition to educating students about technology and its role in our global society, TSA strives to prepare the youth of today for the world of tomorrow by providing various leadership training and development opportunities for its members.

Colorado TSA encourages its members to take an active role in the organization by becoming a State Officer! State officers are critical elements to our association. Receiving extensive leadership training, the state officers serve as ambassadors of our organization and make frequent visits to schools promoting TSA. They are also integral to the planning, preparation and execution of the Fall and State conferences.

If you are a high school student and have attended at least one COTSA state conference (even as a middle school student), then you are eligible to run for state office!

The State Officer Application is a downloadable as a PDF. A link is provided at the right side of this page. All the forms and questions in packet must be completed, the forms signed and sent electronically in PDF format to: or mailed to the COTSA State Office at 9101 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230. All applications must be received by February 1.

For more information please contact Dr. Sarah Heath, State Director, CTE/Associate Vice Chancellor, Colorado Community College System, at, or via phone at 720-858-2399.

Fleece for Fighters Community Service Project


Colorado TSA’s state service project, Fleece for Fighters, invites TSA chapters to donate fleece-tie blankets for children and families at Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

To participate:

Make blankets! Each TSA Chapter is encouraged to make at least two (2) blankets in their school colors! The chapter that creates the most blankets and/or donates the most material will be recognized at the State Conference. Don’t know how to make a fleece-tie blanket? Here’s a link to a YouTube video showing you how to make the blankets. Each blanket requires approximately 3 yards of fabric which can be obtained from any fabric store/department.

For more information on how your chapter can bring a little comfort to the lives of these children and families in need, please contact the COTSA State Advisor at or at 720-858-2413.

LEAP Competition Engagement

Every TSA middle school and high school member is required to submit LEAP (Leadership. Education. Achievement. Personal Growth.) documentation as part of every competition in which they compete. LEAP documentation tracks the leadership activities and experiences a TSA member has completed as part of each competition.

LEAP templates for individual and team high school and middle school events are available via the links below and in the TSA National Competitive Events Guides.

TSA members should use the free Student Leadership Challenge (SLC) sample resources, in addition to other TSA LEAP resources listed below, as they complete the TSA competitive event LEAP requirements for all TSA competitions. These free resources are applicable to LEAP requirements for middle and high school competitions. Complete Student Leadership Challenge publications are available for purchase, but not required for participation in any aspect of LEAP.

Both HS LEAP Reports and MS Response documentation can be found on the national TSA website: