Welcome to the Colorado TSA News and Updates Page. Here on this page, we will have the latest news and information you may find useful in managing your chapter, including contest information and updates, fundraising ideas, scholarship notices, and other opportunities as they arise. Please bookmark this page and refer to it periodically throughout the school year.
AN AVALANCHE OF LEADERS DESCENDS ON PEPSI CENTER
A group of enthusiastic middle and high school students descended on Pepsi Center November 8 in an Avalanche of Leadership!
The group was treated to an intense day of leadership training and then got the chance to experience some behind the scenes action at the arena when they went on tour of the facility. To cap off the exciting day, the participants had the opportunity to go out onto the ice and slip and slide and play a little broomball before taking in the Avalanche game that night.
During the training, students were challenged to think about what it takes to be a good and effective leader, as well as how to empower others to step up and assume leadership roles though a variety of fun and exciting activities.
A collection of photos from the day is located on the COTSA Facebook page. You can view the photos here and you don't even have to have a Facebook account!
If you attended the conference and want your certificate of participation, you can download the PDF of the certificates and print it by following this link.
Make sure that you plan to attend next year's conference!
VERIZON INNOVATIVE APP CHALLENGE DEADLINE EXTENDED
The deadline for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge has been extended!. In case you missed it, deadline is now December 17. All it takes is an idea to get started! Read more and “like” this news! http://bit.ly/1dSuQAZ.
Additionally, to help with inspiration for the challenge, TSA has provided this link to an article regarding the concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) which is a new trend occuring in classrooms all over the country. The thought behind BYOD is that it helps students by allowing them to continue their schoolwork on the same decide at school and at home. Check it out: http://vz.to/19HAZio.
MIDDLE SCHOOLS ENCOURAGED TO JOIN TEAMS!
Middle schools are encouraged to be a part of the TEAMS experience by participating in the middle school TEAMS competition in 2014!
Middle school TEAMS is designed to be implemented in the same way as the 9/10 and 11/12 competition. University hosts have the option of offering this new competition. As with high schools, middle schools may also participate as an "Onsite Location" and offer the competition within their school.
Middle school students can participate in at their own school, or at a host site. High School TEAMS coaches may choose to host the middle school competition at their high school (a great way to recruit future high school TEAMS competitors!).
The middle school features:
Four scenarios based on the same theme as the 9/10 and 11/12 competition.
Part 1 - Forty multiple choice questions to be completed in 60 minutes.
Part 2 - Four short answer essays to be completed in 60 minutes.
MIDDLE SCHOOL – JUNIOR SOLAR SPRINT INFO
During this school year, TSA will again administer the Army's Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) competition through the Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP).Through JSS, students develop problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, gain hands-on engineering skills, and use principles of science and math to get the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted model solar vehicle possible. JSS challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork to design and build and race solar electric vehicles. It is also an official 2013-2014 middle school TSA competition.
In preparation for the event, there are extensive resources available for chapter advisors and students at www.jrsolarsprint.org, including:
Please download the review the resources! This should be a fun and exciting event!
2014 COTSA STATE COMPETITIVE EVENTS GUIDE AND CALL TO CONFERENCE NOW AVAILABLE!
The Call to Conference and State Competitive Events Guide for the 2014 Colorado TSA State Conference is now available online! You can get it by clicking on one of the links above or by clicking here.
There have been many changes with regard to payments this year. Please pay close attention when making arrangements for the state conference! Several new events have been added to the middle school schedule, and several have been eliminated. Also, several events have been updated with rule revisions. Please take the time to go over both the state event rules as well as the national rules to make sure your teams are working off the latest rules!
In the Call to Conference, a bit of clarification is needed for the following items:
- Construction Challenge – Limited at state to three (3) teams of two (2) to six (6) members per chapter.
- Medical Technology Issues - Limited at state to three (3) teams of two (2) to six (6) members per chapter.
- Video Game Design - Limited at state to One (1) team of two (2) to six (6) members per chapter.
- Biotechnology Design - Limited at state to three (3) teams of two (2) to six (6) members per chapter.
- Scivis - Limited at state to three (3) teams of two (2) to six (6) members per chapter.
These changes have been made to the Call to Conference and a newer version has been uploaded to the website. You can download the document via the link above or by clicking here.
If you have any questions, please contact Tony Raymond, COTSA State Advisor, at (720) 858-2794, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILKINS AWARDED NATIONAL TSA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Pamela Wilkins, the TSA Advisor from Littleton High School, was presented with a Distinguished Service Award at the 2013 National TSA Conference in Orlando, FL.
A recipient of the award is selected on the basis of valued service to TSA. Both past and present contributions are considered. The criteria for the award are:
Congratulations Mrs. Wilkins on this outstanding achievement!
AFFILIATE EARLY AND GET ADDITIONAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS!
Advisors: When you start thinking about affiliating your chapter, remember that EARLY is better! While TSA accepts membership throughout the school year, all chapters that affiliate by the priority membership date of November 22, 2013 will receive (in addition to the standard TSA benefits) the following benefits:
- a red, white, and blue TSA nylon banner (2 1/2' x 3 1/2') for display
- A gold seal affiliation certificate
- uninterrupted membership service
- an opportunity for TSA affiliated advisors to join ITEEA, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, for $50 (and $80 value)
If you have any questions, regarding affiliation, please contact the COTSA State Advisor, Tony Raymond at email@example.com or at 720-858-2794, or you can contact Suzy Orr at the national office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VERIZON INNOVATIVE APP CHALLENGE IS NOW OPEN!
The Verizon Foundation has once again partnered with TSA to launch the 2013-2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge, giving middle and high school students across the country a chance to develop a concept for a mobile app and bring it to market. The App Challenge is a mobile app design competition aimed to engage students in STEM subjects and empower them to create STEM-related app concepts that solve real-world problems in their community or school. Schools do not need to be affiliated with TSA to participate.
Submissions will be accepted now through December 3, 2013. Teams can submit their app ideas, access tips and instructional videos on app design, and learn more about the Verizon Innovative App Challenge at www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.
For more information, please contact Lynda Haitz at email@example.com.
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 TEAMS COMPETITION IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Registration for the 2014 TEAMS competition is now available. The 2014 TEAMS competition theme, "Engineering Tomorrow's Cities," is based on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge "restore and improve urban infrastructure." To learn more about this year's TEAMS competition, go to http://teams.tsaweb.org/. For more information about TEAMS at the national level, please contact Sandy Honor at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tsaweb.org/TEAMS_UNITE
Colorado TSA and Colorado State University are proud to partner to bring this cutting edge program to the state. For more information regarding the TEAMS program here in Colorado, please contact Tony Raymond at email@example.com or Dr. Michael de Miranda at CSU at firstname.lastname@example.org!
CHAMPION FUND OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW CHAPTERS
The Champion Fund provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to bring TSA to middle and high schools where money to pay for membership dues poses a challenge.
Through the Champion Fund, approved schools are allocated payment for their TSA chapter membership dues (ten students and one advisor) for one school year.
New chapters may qualify for financial support from the Champion Fund. Submitted applications are reviewed to determine eligibility and are processed on a first-come/first-served basis depending upon available funding. Take advantage of this available funding for potential new chapters.
For more information on the Champion Fund, please visit: www.tsaweb.org/The-Champion-Fund
2014 FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!
Posted 9/5/2014 / Modified 9/11/2013
Mark your calendars for the 2014 Fall Leadership Conference on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 at Pepsi Center! This year, we are teaming up with the COLORADO AVALANCHE for this fun, exciting and informative conference!
There will be a dedicated TSA - High School track, a TSA - Middle School track and an advisor track, so there's something for everyone!
The cost of the Fall Leadership Conference is $70 per person and includes:
- All printed conference materials
- Conference T-shirt
- PLUS - Behind the Scenes tours of Pepsi Center
- PLUS - ICE TIME! Play broomball on the Avs' ice!
- PLUS - A ticket to the Avs game (vs. the Calgary Flames) that night!
Registration is NOW OPEN! Click here to download the information packet. In the packet will be an informational flyer, instructions on the registration website and the broomball waiver which all participants will need to fill out and return to the state office by November 1.
Click here to go to the registration website and get your students registered for this exciting event! Space is limited!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 2014 COTSA STATE CONFERENCE
It's time to mark your calendars for the 2014 Colorado TSA State Leadership Exposition, FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 1, 2014. We will again be at the Denver Tech Center Marriott.
The official CALL TO CONFERENCE AND STATE COMPETITIVE EVENTS GUIDE is now available by clicking on the link above, or by clicking here.
A REMINDER ABOUT DEADLINES/DUE DATES
Over the summer, there has been some restructuring in the Colorado Community College System office that affects the way ALL of the student associations conduct association business from this point forward. The biggest is the mandate that all deadlines are to be followed; this includes deadlines for affiliation, deadlines for when forms are due to the state office, and when payments are due. That means that you cannot participate in association events (e.g., the fall leadership conference and/or state conference) if the state office has not yet RECEIVED your payment. If your chapter does not have the forms and payment RECEIVED by the state office by the deadlines stated in the Call to Conference (not just placed in the mail), the chapter cannot and will not be allowed to participate in the event. Policies and procedures now in effect prevent us from taking payment at the time of the conference… So… PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU PLAN AHEAD AND MEET ALL STATED DEADLINES TO ENSURE THAT YOUR CHAPTER IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE CONFERENCE.
EB BOLLENDONK ELECTED AS NATIONAL TSA SECRETARY
At the 2013 National TSA Conference in Orlando, FL, Littleton HIgh School's EB Bollendonk was elected as the new 2013-2014 National TSA Secretary!
EB has served both as a chapter officer for Littleton High School and as a member of the Colorado TSA State Officer team.
COTSA STUDENTS CELEBRATE SUCCESSES AT NATIONAL TSA CONFERENCE
Congratulations to all the members of Colorado TSA on an outstanding performance at the 2013 National TSA Conference in Orlando, FL, this past June!
The following are the finalists/medalists for Colorado:
MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS
- Scott Mcintyre - The Stem School and Academy - 8th Place - Career Prep
- Creighton Middle School - 7th Place - Challenging Tech Issues
- Kathryn Driscoll - The Stem School and Academy - 5th Place - Communication Challenge
- Orin Gotchey - Euclid Middle School - 8th Place - Electrical Applications
- Euclid Middle School / Goddard Middle School - 6th Place - Global Manufacturing
- The Stem School and Academy - 3rd Place - Leadership Strategies
- Jack Spangler - Goddard Middle School - 2nd Place - Prepared Speech
- Goddard Middle School - 3rd Place - Problem Solving
- Euclid Middle School - 9th Place - Problem Solving
- Alec Yagey - The Stem School and Academy - 7th Place - Promotional Design
- Euclid Middle School - 7th Place - Tech Bowl
- Kai Hueske-Vanceylon - Euclid Middle School - 6th Place - Tech Bowl, Written
HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS
- Ky Walacavage - Cherokee Trail High School - 8th Place - CAD 2D Architecture
- Chris Dosen - Cherokee Trail High School - 1st Place - Chapter Team, Written
- Cherokee Trail High School - 5th Place - CNC Production
- Brooke Rathbun - Legend High School - 6th Place - Desktop Publishing
- Littleton High School - 8th Place - Digital Video Production
- EB Bollendonk - Littleton High School - 3rd Place - Dragster Design
- Heritage High School - 2nd Place - Music Production
- Legend High School - 9th Place - Music Production
- Veronica Lubofsky - 8th Place - Prepared Presentation
- Kiera Lindgren - Littleton High School - 6th Place - Promotional Graphics
- Cherokee Trail High School - 10th Place - SCIVIS
- Cherokee Trail High School - 3rd Place - Tech Bowl
For a comprehensive list of all the winners, follow this link.
CHEROKEE TRAIL SENIOR PASSES SOLIDWORKS EXPERT EXAM
Like many of students, Chris Dosen, a senior at Cherokee Trail High School, has been taking many advanced tests in the last few weeks leading up to graduation. However, among the tests Dosen took was a very special industry certification -- one that only a handful of people in the world have passed: The Certified Solidworks Expert (CSWE) exam. SolidWorks is a 3D mechanical computer-aided design software used by engineers and designers worldwide.
In order to be able to take the exam, Dosen had to pass five other certification exams first: Certified Solidworks Associate, Certified Solidworks Professional Core, Certified Solidworks Professional - Surfacing, Certified Solidworks Professional - Sheet Metal, and Certified Solidworks Professional - Weldments.
According to Ben Nuebel, one of the two Pre-Engineering & Technology Education teachers at Cherokee Trail High School, "the SolidWorks Education Senior Sales Manager for the Western Americas has never heard of any other high school student attempting to take the Certified Solidworks Expert (CSWE) exam. What that means, then, is that Chris is very likely the very first high school student in the world to take this test."
And take it he did. In fact, he passed the exam with a perfect score.
"Keep in mind," Nuebel said, "that the CSWE exam is meant to be the most challenging exam SolidWorks offers. To put that in prospective, there are only 1,261 people in the entire world who have earned this this professional certification. From what I understand, most of these individuals are senior engineers and industry trainers."
Next year, Chris will be attending California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, CA, where he will study mathematics.
Congratulations Chris for your outstanding performance and good luck in college next year!
TSA POSTS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Be sure to "join" to show that you are attending the conference. This event page is a great way to show your support for the conference and see others who plan on attending. You can also view relevant information about the conference and post questions or comments. Stay in touch with the latest postings by "joining" today!
COLORADO'S FIRST TEAMS COMPETITION AT CSU IS A BIG SUCCESS!
On March 7,. the first-ever Colorado TEAMS competition was held at Colorado State University. Sponsored by the College of Engineering at Colorado State University, this day-long competition had students go head-to-head in a test of their knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in relation to issues facing our global society.
After battling it out in a tough competition all day, the students were treated to lunch, presentations by CSU Staff and Students, and were afforded the opportunity to explore the college campus. In attendance were students from Rock Canyon High School and Liberty Common High School.
Here's a link to photos of the event.
For more information on the TEAMS event and to learn how to participate next year, please contact Dr. Michael deMiranda at CSU either by email or at (970) 491-5805. For more information on TEAMS at the national level, here is a link to the national website.
COLORADO TSA STATE CONFERENCE RESULTS
The results of the 2013 Colorado TSA State Conference can be found here.
Photos from the conference can be seen here. You may have to create an account on Snapfish to view the photos, but that's free! And if you have photos to share, please send them on to Tony Raymond at email@example.com.
Certificates of Participation can be downloaded here.
STEM LAUNCH SCHOOL FEATURED ON 9NEWS
Recently, the STEM Launch School in Thornton was featured on 9News for the work they are doing in the areas of science, techology, engineering and mathematics. Below is the start of the story. To read the entire text and see the video, please follow the link below.
When a brand new school was starting up with a science and technology focus, 5th Grader Imagin Coronado was intrigued. She wanted more than what she had been getting at her previous school.
"People are nice here and at my old school, we didn't have a chance to use computer time and have lockers," said Imagin.
She attends the new STEM Launch school. This kindergarten through 8th grade program is part of a wider effort to get more younger kids into the field of science, technology, engineering, and math.... click here to read the whole story.
TEAMS COMPETITION COMES TO CSU!
This past year, National TSA acquired TEAMS(Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science). TEAMS is a one-day competition for students in middle and high school that allows them to apply their knowledge of skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to issues facing our global society. Although TEAMS has been around a while, this is the first year it will be here in Colorado.
To help kick off the TEAMS experience for students, the College of Engineering at Colorado State University is hosting Colorado's first competition on March 7, 2013. Although TEAMS nationally is open to middle school students, this particular event is only for high school students, and any high school may participate – even if they don’t have a TSA chapter. Eventually, TEAMS will be expanded in the state to include middle school students.
You are encouraged to consider taking your TSA teams to this event. It’s a wonderful opportunity for your students to broaden their horizons as well as explore the wonderful College of Engineering at Colorado State University.
A letter of invitation to the event is here, and a flyer about the event can be found here.
For more information on the TEAMS event in March, please contact Dr. Michael deMiranda at CSU either by email or at (970) 491-5805. For more information on TEAMS at the national level, here is a link to the national website.
2013 STATE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
The registration website for the 2013 Colorado TSA State Conference is now open! You can access the registration website here.
If you need help registering, here is a 15-minute video to walk you through the registration process.
Registration closes January 18. ALL registrations for the conference must be complete at that time. All conference attendees must register (including students, advisors and chaperones). Elementary students who are participating in the Creativity Challenges or as part of the Crash Test or Fore! events are required to register, but there is no fee for elementary students. Parents who are attending the conference on Saturday only (as part of the Creativity Challenges, or to attend the awards ceremony) do not need to register.
For more information, or assistance on the registration process, please feel free to contact Tony Raymond, COTSA State Advisor, at (720) 858-2794 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COTSA STATE OFFICER NEWSLETTER
Check out the latest newsletter from your Colorado TSA State Officers here!
TSA SCHOOL SCENE AVAILABLE ONLINE
Check out the latest School Scene from the National TSA Officers! You can view it here!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND SAVE THE DATE! 2012 FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SET FOR DECEMBER 14, 2012!
Posted 9/26/2012 - Updated 10/4/2012
Mark your calendars and plan on attending the 2012 Fall Leadership Conference on December 14, 2012!
We've finally nailed down the dates and the contracts are finally signed! It's been a long road, but due to the NHL lockout which happened in mid-September, we were unable to guarantee an Avalanche game for our conference participants. However, we were fortunate enough to schedule our conference around a Nuggets game in December!
This year, we have a lot in store! We listened to all of the comments from last year's conference and have broken the large groups into more age-appropriate sections:
- Middle School Track - Led by the State Officers from TSA and SkillsUSA, middle schoolers will participate in a highly engaging, interactive and fun session of leadership skills and activities.
- High School Track - Using the Student Leadership Challenge, and led by our fabulous nationally certified trainers, students will learn about and practice the five pillars of leadership.
- Postsecondary Track - Postsecondary students will work with professionals from business, industry and the community colleges on making sure they have the skills necessary to make a successful transition from school to career.
- Advisor Track - Advisors will work with Lauren Jones from the Colorado Community College System on a variety of topics.
In addition, participants will receive EXTENDED tours of Pepsi Center where they will learn the ins and outs of how the arena functions and how it transforms from an ice hockey rink, to basketball court to rock concert and back all within a matter of a few hours!
PLUS -- This year, instead of ice time, we will be able to go onto the Nuggets' floor and shoot some hoops before the game!
All conference participants will receive a NUGGETS OF LEADERSHIP conference t-shirt, plus lunch and a ticket to the Nuggets' game!
For more information, you can download the FAQ here.
2013 COTSA CALL TO CONFERENCE/STATE COMPETITIVE EVENTS GUIDE
The 2012-2013 Colorado TSA Call to Conference and State Competitive Events Guide is now available for downloading! Click here to download your copy!
This document contains:
- Conference Information - The guide contains information on the 2013 Colorado TSA State Leadership Exposition (aka the State Conference), including:
- Dates: February 21-23, 2013
- Hotel information – Location, room rates, etc.
- Housing Forms
- Conference Forms (liability, code of conduct, etc.)
- The Conference Schedule – We have included a draft of this year’s conference schedule; in addition to a hard copy of the schedule at the conference, we are also working on developing a digital copy that you’ll be able to access from your smart phone or iPhone – stay tuned for that! Use this schedule for initial planning purposes only. The schedule is pretty close to 100% -- but there may be changes depending on the hotel, etc.
- State Competitive Event Rules – We have added a new event for both middle and high school this year – UNDERWATER ROV – it’s very cool and the rules are contained in the guide along with links to help your students be successful! SparkFun and the US Navy are involved in this event this year, so it’s gonna be a great time!
- In addition, several contests have undergone revision – Rubber band cars, Castle Ballistics, and Integrated Autonomous Vehicle to name but three. PLEASE CHECK THE RULES CLOSELY!
- Awards/Scholarships - Also contained in the guide are several awards and scholarships your students may be eligible for through TSA. You are encouraged to have your students apply for these award/recognition programs!
Dates and Deadlines: The guide also has a handy dates and deadlines checklist. Make sure you follow the checklist. We will need to be extremely strict with payment deadlines this year; we are switching accounting systems/procedures and late payments are not acceptable. Please make sure you have your payments for the state conference in ON TIME.
AND...at the top of this page we have countdown clocks for the time remaining until the Fall Leadership Conference, the State Conference and the National Conference!
GIANT JENGA TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO THE STATE CONFERENCE!
It's back and it's better than ever! The Annual Giant Jenga Tournament! This year, however, in order to participate, your team must sign up on the State Conference website (just like you would for any other event). The Jenga Tournament does NOT count toward Chapter of the Year honors, but the winners of the tournament will get to take home the traveling Jenga Tournament Trophy!
And if you didn't contribute blocks to the Giant Jenga Tournament last year, it's still not too late! Click here for information on how you can contribute Jenga blocks to the tournament through the Giant Jenga Block Event and how the Tournament works.
For more information, please contact Tony Raymond, COTSA State Advisor, at email@example.com, or a 720-858-2794.
SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 21-23, 2013 - COTSA STATE CONFERENCE
Mark your calendars now for the 2013 Colorado TSA State Leadership Exposition on FEBRUARY 21-23, 2013 at the Denver Tech Center Marriott, 4900 S. Syracuse, in Denver!
COLORADO STUDENTS EXCEL AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN NASHVILLE
Congratulations to all the members of Colorado TSA on an outstanding performance at the 2012 National TSA Conference in Nashville, TN, this past June!
The following are the finalists/medalists for Colorado:
- Greyson Gerlich - The STEM School - Career Prep - 6th Place
- Kathryn Driscoll - The STEM School - Communication Challenge - 7th Place
- Braden Moore - Challenge School - Electrical Applications - 6th Place
- Euclid Middle School - Environmental Challenge - 4th Place
- Challenge School/Euclid Middle School/Goddard Middle School - Global Manufacturing - 2nd Place
- Athena Furman - Euclid Middle School - Promotional Design - 2nd Place
- Aubrianna Dunning - Grandview High School - CAD 2D Architecture - 5th Place
- Adam Silkwood - Cherokee Trail High School - CAD 2D Architecture - 9th Place
- Brooke Rathbun - Legend High School - Desktop Publishing - 1st Place
- Chip Bollendonk - Littleton High School - Exemporaneous Speech - 9th Place
- Emily Connor - Legend High School - Future Technology Teacher - 10th Place
- Heritage High School - Music Production - 4th Place
- Legend High School - SCIVIS - 9th Place
- Littleton High School - Structural Engineering - 6th Place
- Mountain View High School - Structural Engineering - 8th Place
- Arapahoe High School - Technology Problem Solving - 4th Place
2012 COTSA STATE CONFERENCE
The official final results are now available. Click here to download a PDF of the awards.
For an explanation of the issue of the scoring/reporting errors which occurred at the State Conference, please click here.
2012 COTSA STATE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
It's that time of year! It's time to get your chapter registered to participate in the 2012 Colorado TSA State Conference! The State Conference is only a few weeks away and with the holiday season upon us, it'll be here before you know it. The registration website is now open and you may begin registering your students now. Click here to go to the registration website.
2012 STATE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 6, 2012!
Don't forget - you need to have your chapter affiliated with National TSA before you can participate in the Colorado State Conference. If you have not yet affiliated your chapter, please visit the National TSA website by clicking here and register your chapter. The registration process is very easy and can be done with a few simple mouse clicks.
Whether you are a new advisor or an experienced one, the registration process should only take you a few moments. If you are unfamiliar with the process or need a refresher, a 15-minute video has been prepared to walk you through the registration process. Click here to watch the video or watch it on YouTube by clicking here.
All the conference registration information, including costs, hotel reservations, and related conference forms can be found in the Call to Conference/Competitive Events guide which can be downloaded here.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2012 Colorado TSA State Conference!
2011 FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Posted 12/9/2011 - UPDATED 12/13/2011
On December 2, 2011, nearly 300 students, advisors and administrators ranging from middle school through postsecondary descended on Pepsi Center in an Avalanche of Leadership when SkillsUSA Colorado and the Colorado Technology Student Association hosted their annual joint Fall Leadership Conference. Joining students from SkillsUSA and TSA this year were students and advisors who are in the process of forming the Colorado Creative Careers Festival – the career and technical student organization (CTSO) for those students in the creative careers industry.
Utilizing the Student Leadership Challenge model, the conference focused on setting good examples for others, looking ahead to the future, taking initiative to change the status quo, building teamwork and trust, and encouraging others to succeed – the five elements common when leaders are able to make extraordinary things happen.
After the full-day training was complete, the conference participants were given personalized tours of Pepsi Center – where they got to see the Nuggets’ practice court, the visiting basketball team’s locker room (including the locker Michael Jordan used to use!), and the broadcast booths. Then it was on to the ice with the Avalanche mascot, Bernie to play a little broomball! The day’s events were capped off with an evening Colorado Avalanche game!
“The conference was a huge success,“ said Tony Raymond, the SkillsUSA/TSA state advisor for Colorado. “This year, we had a 33% increase in attendance. It just shows that these students are ready and willing to step into the roles of leadership in their schools and community and their advisors are eager to provide them opportunities to do just that. Through the leadership conference, we bring together the talents of SkillsUSA, TSA and now the Creative Careers and provide the students the tools they need to be successful leaders.”
Check out photos from the conference on our Facebook page. You do not need to join Facebook in order to view the photos.
GIANT JENGA BLOCK EVENT/GIANT JENGA TOURNAMENT
The Colorado TSA State Officers want to remind you to participate in the Giant Jenga Block Event and the Giant Jenga Tournament this year at the 2012 Colorado TSA State Conference!
This year at the 2012 TSA State Conference, the State Officer team will host the First Annual Giant Jenga Tournament! All State Conference attendees are encouraged to participate in the tournament which will feature giant Jenga blocks! Participants can sign up at the conference in teams of up to four members – all of which must be from the same school – and will compete for the honor of being named the 2012 Colorado TSA Giant Jenga champs! The event is FREE and will be held during the social on February 10, 2012.
WHAT IS THE BLOCK EVENT?
A unique feature of the tournament will be the Giant Jenga sets used. The State Officer team has requested that EVERY Colorado TSA chapter donate at least nine (9) decorated game blocks to make the Giant Jenga sets! Nine blocks can be made from a single 8-foot 2”x4”. Can a chapter submit more than nine blocks? ABSOLUTELY! The State Officers intend to have several Giant Jenga sets to use in the tournament at the state conference – so the more blocks we have the better!
Each of the blocks should be decorated with your school’s colors, mascot, logo, chapter’s team members’ names, etc. The decoration is up to you – but the decorations should be specific to your chapter! The specific instructions on creating the Jenga blocks can be found here. Once you get your blocks done, please contact the COTSA State Advisor, Mr. Tony Raymond and he will make arrangements to come pick up the blocks.
The first chapter to submit blocks was the TSA Chapter at Mountain View High School! Here are some pictures of their students working to make the blocks:
Photos above: Mountain View High School's TSA chapter work to prepare their Jenga blocks.
Mountain View High School's TSA chapter President Michael Bloom (far left), their Reporter/Secretary Aryn Lacy, (second from left), and their Advisor, Tom Frayer (second from right) present their laser-engraved Jenga blocks to TSA State Advisor, Tony Raymond (far right).
Even if you don’t plan on attending the State Conference in February, the State Officer Team still wants you to participate in the event by donating blocks!
According to the State Officer team, “The purpose of having chapters contribute personalized blocks signifies that while each of our TSA chapters may look slightly different, together, we are very similar and all fit together to build a strong organization. Our goal is to have every single Colorado TSA chapter submit blocks for this special event!”
For more information, please download the flyer here and get your blocks into the tournament!
COMMUNITY SERVICE TIPS
Here are some tips for your chapter with regard to Community Service. These are courtesy of Focus Training!
Community service is an important part of your CTSO. Whether you are planning a state, regional, or local service project here are some suggestions to consider:
Choosing the right community service targetfor your organization is a critical first step.
- Consider any initiatives supported by your national organization. For example TSA chapters may want to focus their efforts on supporting the American Cancer Society.
- Identify timely projects. Has your state recently been affected by a natural disaster or does your community have a specific need unique to your area? That could be a great opportunity to assist in a very targeted way. Bagging sand in flood zones, delivering meals to senior citizens, or cleaning up after a bad storm may be just what your community needs and will have a lasting impact on the hearts and minds of your members.
- Choose projects that are close to your organization's core values or expertise. For example, if your program has a strong construction component, you may want to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, or if you have experienced early childhood education students you can volunteer at a local daycare center or school.
In order to ensure your community service efforts are as successful as possible, it is imperative to promote your project. With the influx of social media outlets, it is easier to reach more people than ever before. And it's free! Next time you're planning a community service project try these promotional ideas in addition to traditional methods.
- Website: Does your organization have a website? Does your school? Adding a page or a blog to your existing website can be a cost-effective way to promote your event with the resources you already have. If your project involves raising money you may want to consider using a campaign site like blackbaud.com or clicktogive.com.
- Mass Texting: Nearly everyone has a cell phone with texting capabilities. There are a multitude of free web services now available to send mass text messages at little or no cost to the sender.
- Facebook: Creating a Facebook event is a free way to not only announce your event but also to get up-to-date information out to all potential attendees / participants.
- Twitter: Can you get people's interest in your event in 140 characters or less? Twitter is becoming the go-to social media platform for quick updates on initiatives and projects. Better yet, you can include a link to your website or Facebook event to lead people to a more in-depth information source.
When planning your community service project you also want to think about the results. A successful community service project will not only benefit your organization but also your school and community. These results could target the total number of hours volunteered for the entire organization, total number of cans collected, even the amount of money raised. Create certain goals and review those goals after completing a service project.
- Challenging: Set a goal that challenges your organization. If you raised $2,000.00 for Muscular Dystrophy last year, then you should strive to raise $3,000.00 for the upcoming year. Make sure that you push your members to do more but don't set unrealistic goals.
- Impactful: After you complete a service project, you should notice a positive change in your members and organization. Students that participate in community service projects within their organization are likely to become stronger and more dedicated members. Successful volunteer programs could also lead to an increase in membership and social awareness.
Improvements: After reviewing the results of your community serviceproject begin to find ways to improve your efforts for the next year. Work with your team to find better ways to plan, promote, and challenge members for future projects.
CALL TO CONFERENCE / STATE COMPETITIVE EVENTS GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE!
The 2011-2012 Colorado TSA State Call to Conference and State Competitive Events Guide is now available by clicking here.
Advisors and students are encouraged to carefully read through the document as several items have changed, including event rules, regulations, check-in times and deadlines, as well as uniform guidelines for both state and national conferences. Some events have an early submission deadline for the state conference (e.g., video game design and webmaster/web design).
Included in the Competitive Events Guide is a schedule and hotel map so students and advisors can plan which events the students will participate in.
Also, please note the change in conference registration times; for the 2012 Conference, there will be no registration after the opening session, and competitive event check-in ends BEFORE the opening session.
See the guide for complete conference details.
ATTENTION ADVISORS! CALL FOR SPECIAL INTEREST SESSION PRESENTERS
This year, at the 2012 Colorado TSA State Conference, there will be several interest sessions presented for both advisors and students throughout the day. We encourage advisors to present one of these 50-minute sessions. Share your knowledge of a specific event with students or share tips and tricks with your fellow advisors! Click here to sign up to present a special interest session!
GIANT JENGA BLOCK EVENT
This year’s COTSA State Officer team would like to invite every COTSA chapter to participate in the Great Jenga Block Event and the Giant Jenga Tournament at this year’s state conference!
What’s THAT? Well, as an activity at the social during this year’s State Conference in February, the State Officer team will be hosting the First Annual Giant Jenga Tournament – a fun activity for all State Conference participants where the goal is to build the tallest tower possible using GIANT Jenga blocks! But they want and need the help of EVERY COTSA Colorado chapter in order to make the event a success!
Every COTSA Chapter is asked to donate 9 Giant Jenga blocks (all of which can be made from a single 8' 2x4). The blocks should be decorated with the chapter's school colors/mascots/logos/team members names - whatever is unique to the chapter. The state officers will come pick up the blocks once they have been decorated and assemble the sets for use at the state conference tournament.
At the state conference, students from the same school will sign up at the state conference to play in teams of at least four members . A bracketed tournament will be held to determine who the top Giant Jenga players are! The winning team will earn a spot for their names on a traveling trophy!
To see how you and your chapter can participate in this event, please download the flyer on the Giant Jenga Block Event and Giant Jenga Tournament.
The Colorado TSA State Officer team looks forward to your participation! If you have any questions, please contact Tony Raymond, the Colorado TSA state advisor.
FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REGISTRATION PACKETS NOW AVAILABLE
The registration packets for the 2011 Fall Leadership Conference are now available! Click here to download the packet.
We have quite the conference in store for advisors and students. Please feel free to extend the invitation to attend to other organizations within your school you feel may benefit from a leadership conference – Student Council, National Honor Society, etc. But remember – space is limited, so you’ll want to sign up early.
Extra tickets for the Avalanche game itself can be purchased for family and friends who want to join you after the leadership conference is complete to cheer on the Avs…so please share this with them so they can get the discounted rate for tickets.
The deadline for registration is November 11, 2011.
As a reminder to advisors, this year, a special advisor training track will be offered. We will address some of the key topics highlighted in a recent survey we sent out to advisors, including chapter management, financial leadership activities, ICAPs, student leadership opportunities, and more. Come prepared with questions and be willing to share your own stories. Advisors can sign up for graduate credit for attendance at the conference (an outside assignment may be required to receive the credit). This would be a great opportunity for your administrators and staff to learn about the amazing opportunities CTSOs offer advisors and students.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tony Raymond, at 720-858-2794.
FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE DATES SET!
Mark your calendars now for the 2011 Fall Leadership Conference - DECEMBER 2, 2011!
We will be returning to Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado - but we've made some changes and have a lot of fun and exciting leadership training for you!
This year, we're bringing in two national trainers to work with students using the Student leadership Challenge - a highly effective and successul leadership model that teaches students that anyone can be a leader, regardless of age and experience. Grounded in more than 25 years of extensive research, the Student Leadership Challenge identifies five practices of exemplary leadership that are common when leaders are able to make extraordinary things happen:
- Model the Way
- Inspire a Shared Vision
- Challenge the Process
- Enable Others to Act
- Encourage the Heart
Advisors: We have heard your requests and needs and we have planned a special concurrent workshop just for you dealing with financial leadership activities, chapter management, state conference survival, and more! If you have a topic you’d like to see addressed, please email Tony Raymond and we'll work in your suggestion!
We’ll still have all the great features of the Avalanche of Leaders, including:
- Behind the Scenes Tours of Pepsi Center
- A Meet and Greet with Bernie the Avs mascot
- Broomball and Skating Time on the ICE!!!
- AND AN AVALANCHE GAME!!!
We are finalizing details as of this writing and we'll post news and updates, along with registration information here on this page and on our Facebook page as soon as they are available! Stay tuned!
We look forward to seeing you at the 2011 Fall Leadership Conference - An Avalanche of Leaders!!
TSA ONLINE AFFILIATION NOW OPEN
TSA online affiliation is now open! Click here to begin the process of affiliating your chapter for the 2011-2012 school year.
TSA accepts membership throughout the school year. However, priority membership is given to chapters that affiliate by November 28, 2011. This year those priority
chapters will receive:
- uninterrupted membership service
- a gold seal affiliation certificate
- a small gift as a token of appreciation
- a 2011-2012 TSA Information Directory
- one free blue official shirt (view an FAQ about the blue shirt).
Once your affiliation is complete each registered advisor at your school will be sent a Total TSA CD, containing competitive event criteria, leadership lessons and membership materials for your chapter. If you have questions about chapter affiliation contact Sandy Honour or your State Advisor, Tony Raymond.
Thank you! We look forward to working with you and your chapter this year!
STATE CONFERENCE: FEBRUARY 9-11, 2012
The 2012 Colorado TSA State Conference will be held at the Denver Tech Center Marriott on February 9-11, 2012! Mark your calendars now! We've posted a countdown timer at the top of this page for you!
CHAPTERS CAN GET A FREE BLUE SHIRT
Chapters that affiliate by the Priority Membership deadline of November 28, 2011, will have the opportunity to receive one free official TSA blue shirt as a part of the priority membership incentive. As in past years, chapters will also receive a gold seal certificiate, a free 2011-2012 TSA Information Directory, uninterrupted service and a small gift as a token of appreciation.
This offer is only good when the free blue shirt is requested along with membership and affiliation is complete (purchase order or payment received at the national TSA office by November 28, 2011). Shipping is not included.
A Q and A about the offical blue shirt can be found here
Information on the shirt can also be found below.
TSA MENTIONED IN ACTE ARTICLE
TSA is mentioned several times in an article that ACTE has published highlighting the role of CTSOs and career awareness. Click here to view the article.
TSA & VEX ROBOTICS
TSA chapters across the nation are experiencing steady membership growth by incorporating VEX Robotics into their program of activities. Middle and high school chapters are encouraged to get involved. For help getting started, chapters can contact VEX at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the TSA VEX Robotics competition is available at robotevents.com or on the TSA website. Questions also can be directed to Hillary Lee at the national TSA office.
In the fall of 2010, a survey was posted on TSA's website regarding the official TSA attire. The survey was a joint effort of the TSA, Inc., Board of Directors and the National TSA Officers.
Almost 2,000 people responded to the survey which included over 25% of current chapter advisors. Approximately 1,200 student members and about 100 parents also participated in the survey.
There was a survey question about an oxford shirt, which resulted in 53% being interested in a button down collar, long-sleeve oxford shirt/blouse with an embroidered TSA logo (not a patch). Royal blue was the most popular color selected, by 62% over red and light blue.
This spring, after thoroughly reviewing the survey results, and with input from the National TSA officers, the TSA, Inc., Board of Directors approved replacing the white shirt/blouse as part of the official TSA attire with a royal blue oxford shirt/blouse on which the TSA logo is embroidered and the Technology Student Association appears directly below the emblem. It was further decided that:
- Females will wear the official royal blue blouse with an open collar (no tie or scarf). Males will wear the official royal blue shirt with the official TSA logo neck tie.
- Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, anyone may replace the white shirt/blouse with the official royal blue shirt/blouse. However, the white shirt/blouse MUST be replaced with the official royal blue shirt/blouse by the opening of the 2014 national TSA conference on June 27, 2014.
- During the 2012 and 2013 national TSA conferences, either the white shirt/blouse OR the official royal blue shirt/blouse may be worn by participants when they compete in TSA contests.
- Beginning with the 2014 national TSA conference, the official royal blue shirt/blouse MUST be worn by participants when they compete in TSA contests.
- No words, lettering or markings will appear on the top or bottom bar of the logo on the official royal blue shirt/blouse. The logo may not be altered.
- The royal blue shirt/blouse cannot be modified in any way when worn.
- No other changes to the official TSA attire are taking place.
- For trademark and branding purposes, only the TSA royal blue shirt/blouse sold through the TSA store by the EGroup will be recognized as official TSA attire.
- National TSA will split the 10% royalty it receives from the sale of the official royal blue shirts/blouses with state TSA delegations whose members have purchased the official royal blue shirts/blouses. Payment will be made on a quarterly basis.
The official royal blue TSA shirt/blouse is being customized for TSA and made from 3-3/4 ounce cotton/poly blend poplin fabric with a full color TSA logo on the left chest and an official TSA tag on the sleeve.
- The shirt is button-down collar, left chest patch pocket, with buttoning sleeve packets and cuffs. It is available in sizes XS to 5XL.
- The blouse is French tailored cut and features a spread collar, buttoning sleeve plackets and cuffs. It is available in sizes XS to 3XL.
Pricing for the 2011-2012 school year is as follows:
- $27.99 each for 1-9 shirts/blouses for orders placed at the same time.
- $27.50 each for 10-99 shirts/blouses for orders placed at the same time.
- $26.05 each for 100 or more shirts/blouses for orders placed at the same time.
The royal blue shirt/blouse is currently on display at the TSA Store website at www.costore.com/tsa and is available for purchase. Production is underway for a December 2011 delivery.
A handout with this information is available here.
ACTE PAPER LINKS CTSO PARTICIPATION TO CAREER READINESS
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) recently published a paper highlighting the positive relationship between student participation in CTSOs and career readiness. Click here to view the article "Expanding Career Readiness Through Career and Technical Student Organizations."
COMPETITIVE EVENT OVERVIEWS
Please refer to the TSA Competitive Event Overviews, Middle School and TSA Competitive Event Overviews, High School for the most up-to-date descriptions of all TSA's competitive events. Complete descriptions and criteria are available on the Total TSA CD which is sent to chapter advisors upon affiliation.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE RESULTS/JUDGES COMMENTS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE
The following links may be used to access competitive event results from the 2011 national TSA conference:
- 2011 National TSA Conference Finalists
- 2011 TSA VEX Robotics Finalists
- 2011 Middle School Competitions Judges Comments
- 2011 High School Competitions Judges Comments
Judges scoring sheets are posted for select events. Click on the links below to view the scoring sheets.
High school events
Middle school events
STATE CONFERENCE DATES SET! MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!
The 2012 Colorado TSA State Conference will be held at the Denver Tech Center Marriott on February 9-11, 2012! Mark your calendars now! We've posted a countdown timer on this page for you!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE FINALISTS AND WINNERS AT THE 2011 NATIONAL TSA CONFERENCE!
Congratulations to all theparticipants from Colorado who took top honors at the 2011 TSA National Conference in Dallas, TX! Below are our Colorado winners!
- Madision Counterman, North Arvada Middle School - Career Prep - 5th Place
- Goddard Middle School - Challenging Tech Issues - 4th Place
- Euclid Middle School - Construction Challenge - 3rd Place
- Juani Testa, Goddard Middle School - Digital Photography - 5th Place
- North Arvada Middle School - Electronic Gaming - 2nd Place
- North Arvada Middle School - Environmental Focus - 4th Place
- Euclid Middle School - Environmental Focus - 8th Place
- Challenge School / Goddard Middle School - Global Manufacturing - 5th Place
- North Arvada Middle School - Inventions and Innovations - 10th Place
- Junai Testa - Goddard Middle School - Multimedia Production - 7th Place
- Scott Galuska - Goddard Middle School - Tech Bowl - Written - 2nd Place
- Braden Moore - Challenge School - Technical Drawing - 10th Place
- Goddard Middle School - TechnoTalk - 5th Place
- Euclid Middle School - TechnoTalk - 10th Place
- Julia Torline - North Arvada Middle School - Transportation Challenge - 10th Place
- North Arvada Middle School - TSA Cup: Marine Design - 9th Place
- Braden Moore - Challenge School - Zap It! Electrical Applications - 8th Place
- Kenny Prather - Warren Tech - CAD 2D Architecture - 5th Place
- Brent Last - Grandview High School - CAD 3D Engineering - 1st Place
- Brooke Rathbun - Legend High School - Desktop Publishing - 5th Place
- Littleton High School - Manufacturing Prototype - 8th Place
- Heritage High School - System Control Technology - 5th Place
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners!!
MICROSOFT EXEC TO GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS
During the opening general session at the upcoming national TSA conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort on Wednesday, June 22nd at 9:00am, the keynote address will be given by Microsoft Corporation's National and Chief Technology Officer, Cameron Evans. Mr. Evans is Microsoft Corporation's national spokesperson for STEM education, school innovation and transformation. His keynote promises to be a highlight of the conference!
In addition to the opening general session there are three other exciting general sessions planned. Advisors of the Year, along with other award recipients, will be honored at the recognition assembly. During the business meeting the new national TSA officers will be elected. At the last general session, the awards ceremony, the top ten contest finalists will be announced.
There is something for everyone at the 33rd annual national TSA conference! Competitive event online registration ends in just one week on May 31st. If you have not registered do so today on TSA's conference registration website.
ROOMS AT NATIONALS AT A PREMIUM
By now most chapters know whether or not they will attend the upcoming national TSA conference in Dallas, Texas from June 21st to June 25th. Because of the popularity of this conference, a number of chapters are now on a wait list for rooms. If you reserved rooms earlier this year that you do not now need, please be considerate of your fellow TSA chapters and release those rooms immediately!
To release unneeded rooms, contact Mary Grauwiler (Group Housing Coordinator) today! Mary may be reached at 817/778-2018 or MGrauwiler@gaylordhotels.com.
Help out your fellow TSA chapters who still need sleeping roomsat the Gaylord Texan Resort!
KICKING-OFF THE 2011 NATIONAL TSA CONFERENCE
A "Conference Kick-Off" hosted by the Texas TSA state officers will be held on the first night of the upcoming national TSA conference. The purpose of this event, which replaces the Mixer, will be an old-fashion "meet and greet" where chapter members can exchange trinkets such as state pins, pencils, stickers or key chains. Make sure to bring a few dozen of these items to give to old and new friends.
There will be no DJ or dancing, but there will be piped-in background music provided by National TSA. The Conference Kick-Off will be a great opportunity for everyone to meet the national TSA officer candidates, the host state officers, the national TSA officers and other members from across the nation. Even a TSA scavenger hunt will be taking place!
The 2011 national TSA conference will officially get underway on Tuesday, June 21st, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm in the Texas Ballroom at the Gaylord Texan Resort with the Conference Kick-Off. Everyone is welcome!
PLANNING FOR NATIONAL CONFERENCE?
If you're making plans to attend the TSA National Confernce in Dallas, TX, this June, here is some important information you will need:
Important dates and deadlines:
On-line Conference Pre-registration begins
TSA Membership Awards Deadline
National TSA Officer Candidate applications due to National TSA
State delegation meeting room request deadline
Gaylord Texan Resort reservation deadline
Competitive event registration ends
American Cancer Society contributions due
State advisor approval for restricted competitions due
National Conference information can be found here, on the national TSA website.
This link will take you to a comprehensive database of information regarding the national conference. What I have included below is a highlight of some of the major items, but is not to be considered an all-inclusive list. Please consult the website for more information.
Advisors, here’s what you need to take care of if you are going to nationals and some things you should be aware of:
Among the items you will need to take care of:
Registration is handled directly with national TSA. You will be registering your chapter/students on their website. You are responsible for registering your students for the national conference. Registration begins here. Scroll down and under REGISTRATION, click on CONFERENCE REGISTRATION.
This link contains information on conference fees, refunds, registration details, attendance, and conference expenses. To begin registration, simply click on the link at the top of the page. Follow the onscreen directions to register your students and yourself/advisors.
Keep in mind that entry into some events is subject to state advisor approval. Below are listed the events and those students who qualify. If your student(s) is/are listed and they CANNOT go, please let me know as soon as possible.
- Biotechnology Design - three teams of two or more members per state
1st: Kendra Schreiber & Quinn Kern Allely - Littleton HS
2nd: Brittany Wood & Rebecca Jessee - Elizabeth HS
3rd: Michelle Jewett and Nicole Jewett - Arapahoe HS
- CAD 2D, Architecture - two individuals per state
1st: Kenny Prather - Warren Tech
2nd: Austin Gatzmeyer - Littleton HS
- CAD 3D, Engineering - two individuals per state
Tie for 1st: Cian Kinderknecht - Cherokee Trail HS
Brent Last - Grandview HS
- Debating Technological Issues - three teams of two members per state
1st: Aaron Mertz & Brian Shin - Mountain Vista HS
2nd: Emily Haskins & Nash Jekot - Arapahoe HS
3rd: Colter Rex & Kyla Lambert - Golden HS
- Desktop Publishing - one individual per state
1st: Brooke Rathbun - Legend HS
- Digital Video Production - three teams per state
1st: Wheat Ridge HS
2nd: Rock Canyon HS
3rd: Northridge HS
- Essays on Technology - three individuals per state
1st: Emily Haskins - Arapahoe HS
2nd: Annalee Halbert - Greeley West HS
3rd: Jaton Miller - Elizabeth HS
- Extemporaneous Presentation - three individuals per state
1st: Chip Bollendonk - Littleton HS
2nd: Jackie Chiastra - Lakewood HS
3rd: Brendan Hogan - Mountain Vista HS
- Music Production - three teams per state
1st: Heritage HS
2nd: Elizabeth HS
3rd: Greeley West HS
- Prepared Presentation - three individuals per state
1st: Corrina Briggs - Popmona HS
2nd: Chip Bollendonk - Littleton HS
3rd: Kylie Merrick - Cherokee Trail HS
- SciVis - three teams per state
1st: Matt Baxter - Legend HS
2nd: Alyssa Hamlet - Chaparral HS
3rd: Samantha Estein - Chaparral HS
- System Control Technology - one team of three members per state
1st: Heritage HS
2nd: Littleton HS
3rd: Wheat Ridge HS
- Video Game Design - three teams per state
1st: Ben Heberlein & Gareth Miller - Pomona HS
2nd: Alex Indge & Christopher Van Eck - Legend HS
3rd: Ashlea Walker & David Smith - Legend HS
- Agriculture and Biotechnology Issues - three teams per state
1st: Kelly Dinneen & Sarah Vannett - Goddard MS
2nd: Elena Mathys & Spencer Mickus - Goddard MS
3rd: Griffin Van Anne & Matt Calkins - Euclid MS
- Challenging Technology Issues - three teams of two members per state
1st: Junai Testa & Kelly Dinneen - Goddard MS
2nd: Christian Slupe & Preston Slupe - Euclid MS
3rd: Amanda Miskimon & Greyson Hall - Creighton MS
- Digital Photography - three individuals per state
1st: Junai Testa - Goddard MS
2nd: Michelle Near - Goddard MS
3rd: Taylor Dunning - Goddard MS
- Lights, Camera, Action - three teams per state
1st: Kelly Dinneen, Megan Sanders, Michelle Near, Sarah Selden & Taylor Dunning - Goddard MS
2nd: Aidan Martinez, Andrew Smith, Harley Sweet, Kyle Birks & Ryan Fleury - Elizabeth MS
3rd: McKenna Shuler & Thomas Burnett - Lesher MS
- Medical Technology Issues - three teams of two or more members per state
1st: Ayushi Kaul & McKenna Shuler - Lesher MS
2nd: Michelle Near & Sarah Vannett - Goddard MS
3rd: Emily Sanders & Megan Sanders - Goddard MS
- System Control Technology - one team of three members per state
1st: Josh Pederson, Miles O'Malley & Sam Bateman - Euclid MS
- Techno Talk - two teams of two members per state
1st: Myraeka D'leenwen & Sarah Niemitalo - Goddard MS
AND Joesalee Maher & Olivia Pacheco - Elizabeth MS
- Write Now! Technical Writing - three individuals per state
1st: Christian Slupe - Euclid MS (only 1st place was awarded)
- If an event has “one team per state” the gold medalist team at the state conference has first right of refusal to go to nationals. If that team declines, then it goes to the second place winners; if that team declines, it goes to the bronze medal team. If they decline, Colorado will not have a team in that event (because rank scoring did not occur below third place).
- If an event allows two or more teams per state, the right to attend the national conference in that event goes to the medalists at the state conference. If the medalists cannot/will not attend, Colorado will not have a competitor in that event.
- NOTE: If an individual medalist cannot/will not attend the national conference to compete in an individual event, the chapter cannot substitute another chapter member; if the individual declines the right to go, the honor falls to the second place medalist, not the gold medalist chapter. The same holds true for team events. The exception however, is that if a team member on a team event cannot attend, the team may substitute another chapter member in that person’s place. If the entire team (for an event) cannot attend, then the right goes to the next medalist team.
- Mr. Raymond, the State Advisor will not be able to register your students for these events until AFTER registration for you has closed. Until then, please let him know the students’ names who will be attending/participating in these events via email. If your student(s) placed in those events that limit the number of teams per state, and they are NOT going to be attending the national conference, please let him know as soon as possible so that he can notify the next team in line.
As it was at state, you are responsible for your own housing and transportation arrangements. Information about housing can be found here.
Please keep in mind TSA’s policy regarding staying at the designated conference hotels:
- The daily rate is $179 plus tax for a single, double, triple, quad sleeping room. This daily rate includes a $10 per room per day resort fee which includes complimentary high-speed Internet access, local and 1-800 telephone calls (first 20 minutes), daily newspaper, designated complimentary in-room non-alcoholic beverages, fitness center access, and local shuttle service. Rooms also have CD players, refrigerators, complimentary premium cable television channels, in-room safes, built-in laptop and cell-phone recharging capabilities, and two multi-line phones, including one cordless phone. All guestrooms at the Gaylord Texan Resort have a Southwestern décor, views of the interior atrium or the hotel grounds, and are nonsmoking.
- A $100.00 per person fee will be assessed by TSA, Inc. on conference registration day from any conference attendee who does not stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort. Those attending the conference are required to stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort 6/21, 6/22, 6/23 and 6/24. This policy is not implemented once the hotel sleeping room block has been sold out. THOSE LIVING WITHIN A TWENTY-FIVE MILE RADIUS OF DALLAS, TEXAS ARE EXEMPT FROM THIS POLICY. THIS POLICY IS NOT IMPLEMENTED ONCE THE HOTEL SLEEPING ROOM BLOCK HAS BEEN SOLD OUT.
At the opening of the National Conference, there is a mixer where students from all across the country gather in a pre-conference celebration. As part of the festivities, attendees from the Colorado delegation usually wear the Colorado delegation T-shirt. The design was chosen at the state conference.
At the mixer, students trade trading pins – the design for the middle school and the high school pins were chosen at our state conference. The pins are $1 each and can be purchased when you purchase your conference delegation t-shirts.
The winning high school design may be viewed here.
The winning middle school design may be viewed here.
The t-shirt design will be posted shortly. Some minor modifications need to be made to the final design.
Order forms for pins and t-shirts will be sent out shortly. In order to ensure that your attendees have the state t-shirt and their trading pins, you will need to place your order no later than April 15, 2011. The shirts and pins will be delivered to you before the end of the school year.
National Conference Delegation:
At the national conference we will have one delegation meeting. The meeting location will be announced prior to the national conference. This meeting will be to discuss and vote on the issues before the voting members of TSA as well as to discuss candidates for national office. Please keep in mind that this year, Colorado has nominated Chip Bollendonk from Littleton High School to run for national TSA President.
For more information regarding the national conference, please go here. There are all kinds of links -- letters to parents and administrators, ideas for fundraising for nationals, and information on ideas for activities for your chapter to engage in once you are in Dallas, and more! Or contact Mr. Tony Raymond, COTSA State Advisor, at 720-858-2794.
CONTEST UPDATES, PROBLEMS AND THEMES
Specifically - an advisor asked about the FASHION DESIGN contest. The competitive event guide was not clear on whether TSA would supply models for the contest or not. According to the national contest chair: "Each team is responsible for providing its own models for the competition. The team is responsible for making sure that their models are present and on time for the finals."
STATE OFFICER APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 1
High school students and Advisors are reminded that State Officer Applications are due to Dr. Raymond NO LATER than February 1, 2011. If you are considering running for state office and have questions, please contact Mr. Raymond at the state office (720) 858-2794, or Dr. Raymond here.
ADVISORS: INFO ON CHECK-IN PROCEDURES
In the coming week, each chapter advisor will receive via mail several items, including: individualized schedules for each student, a master schedule of all the chapter's registered members, and, most importantly, a list of each student's ID number and several labels with those ID numbers on them. We are attempting to streamline the check-in process and we are asking that advisors ensure that these labels are corectly placed on each student's project PRIOR to checking the items in at registration on February 10.
Please have each student affix the proper ID label on EVERY item of their project that will be turned in for judging. Students should place the label on each notebook, CD/DVD, each piece of a display (includind the display board and display items), and drawing. By having students label each item in their projects to be turned in ahead of time, the check-in process should go much more smoothly. Please double-check your students' ID numbers and the ID numbers on the labels to ensure that they are correct. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Raymond at (720) 858-2794.
STATE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION CLOSED
The registration for the 25th Annual Colorado TSA State Conference has officially closed. No further changes to registration can be made. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Raymond at (720) 858-2794.
STATE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION EXTENDED
Registration for the 2011 Colorado Technology Student Association State Conference, which will be held February 10-12, 2011, has begun and the web site is open. Have you gotten your team registered yet? If not, you may want to take care of it sooner rather than later as the registration deadline is rapidly approaching!
REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED – Due to several schools and districts not coming back this week, but next, we have extended registration until JANUARY 14, 2011. All COTSA State Conference registrations must be completed no later than MIDNIGHT on JANUARY 14, 2011!
The registration website is: https://www.registermychapter.com/tsa/co/Main.asp
Simply click on CONFERENCE REGISTRATION and enter your username and password. If you have used the system before and don’t remember the username and password, or if you’ve never registered before and would like some assistance in doing this, please contact Mr. Raymond and he will walk you through the process.
This year, individuals who would like to assist with judging can log into our registration system and sign up to judge an event! Click here to be taken to the Registration website. Once there, you’ll be able to pick out what events you can assist with and on what days. It’s something new we are trying this year to help volunteers figure out what works best for their schedules. Many hands make light work!
Remember, TSA Chapters are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel reservations – and those must be completed by January 15, 2011! All housing forms are in the Call to Conference which can be downloaded here.
CONTEST UPDATES AND CLARIFICATIONS
Don’t forget to check the national TSA website for news and updates regarding competitions: http://www.tsaweb.org/Updates-and-Clarification
We are still looking for several good state officer candidates. If you have a student, or you are a student, who is interested in becoming a State Officer – the paperwork needs to be completed and turned in no later than February 1, 2011! There’s a lot there, so don't lose any time – get that paperwork in now! The forms can be found in the Call to Conference which can be downloaded here.
STATE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN (Posted 11/27/10)
The registration site for the 2011 Colorado TSA State Conference is now open! Is your team registered? If not, you should probably do so soon -- the deadline is rapidly approaching! All registrations must be completed by midnight on JANUARY 7, 2011!
The registration website is: https://www.registermychapter.com/tsa/co/Main.asp
ADVISORS: If you have not logged in to the system before, or if you have but have forgotten your user name and password, please contact Mr. Raymond at email@example.com or (720) 858-2794.
Also, if you have individuals who would like to volunteer as judges, have them go to the website and click on JUDGES REGISTRATION. From here they can pick out what events and times work best for their schedules. It's something new we are trying this year in order to smooth out the judging process.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Raymond at firstname.lastname@example.org or (720) 858-2794.
Fall Leadership Conference Photos
Photos from the Fall Leadership Conference have been posted on Facebook and they can also be viewed here. If you took photos of the event and would like to share them, please contact Mr. Raymond at email@example.com or (720) 858-2794.
Fall Leadership Conference Deadline Extended
The deadline for the 2010 Fall Leadership Conference has been extended! There are only a few spots left! Make sure you don't miss this wonderful opportunity! Get the information packet here.
Advisor of the Year - 2011 - Who Will It Be
Which advisor will win the honor of being Colorado's 2011 Advisor of the Year? Will it be your advisor? Not unless you submit their name! Get the information you need to nominate your advisor from the Call to Conference document and nominate your advisor today!
ADVISORS: Get your students the recognition they deserve through all the various award and recognition programs listed in the Call to Conference! There are even scholarships available! Check it out today!
REMINDER: Fall Leadership Conference Deadline Coming Soon!
Advisors -- A reminder that the deadline for the Fall Leadership Conference is rapidly approaching and seats are starting to fill up fast! The Fall Leadership Conference is November 19th at Pepsi Center -- and for a whole day you'll get leadership training, a behind the scenes look at Pepsi Center, talk with some of their staff, get to play some broomball or ice skate on the Avs' ice, and then get to take in a hockey game between the Avs and the New York Rangers! Don't miss this great opportunity! For more information, download the information packet here.
IMPORTANT: Official TSA Attire Survey
National TSA would like you to take part in a
survey designed to determine if changes should be made to the
attire. Should any changes in official TSA attire be made as a result
of this survey, implementation would occur over a two-year period
beginning in the 2011/12 school year.
All advisors, members and their parents are encouraged to
take this survey and have their vote count! The survey ends on December 1, 2010.
Click here to take the survey. Let your voice be heard!
Call to Conference, State Competitive Events Guide and Fall Leadership Conference Info now available!
The Call to Conference for the 2011 Colorado State Conference is now available here or at the link on the right. This document contains a wealth of information regarding the state conference, including deadlines, forms and hotel information.
Also available now is the 2010-11 State Competitive Events Guide. Click here to download the guide. In this guide you will find all the rules for the state-only events, as well as a listing of all events to be held at the conference which also includes the numbers of students from each chapter allowed in the state contests. This is an invaluable resource for teachers!
And coming up on November 19, is the 2010 Fall Leadership Conference. Done in conjunction with SkillsUSA Colorado, this leadership conference will feature leadership training, behind-the-scenes tours of Pepsi Center, ice time to play broomball and skate (you will need your own ice skates!), as well as an Avalanche game against the New York Rangers. For more information and forms, download the Fall Leadership Conference packet here or at the link on the right.
Einstein Fellowship for K12 Teachers
Hug a TSA Member Day - October 7, 2010
It's Hug a TSA Member Day on October 7! Hug your TSA members!!!!
New Challenge for COTSA at the High School Level - Integrated Autonomous Vehicle
High Schoolers - Are you sad there's no more R/C Transportation Challenge? Well, check with your advisors later today when they get the state rule book -- We're bringing you a new competition called Integrated Autonomous Vehicle for the State Conference!
Do you know what the themes are for your events?
Make sure you have the correct themes and most up-to-date problems for your projects! Go to: http://www.tsaweb.org/Themes-and-Problems to find out what the individual contest themes and problems are.
Stay on top of Rule Changes and Contest Updates
Stay on top of updates and clarifications to contests as you prepare for the State and National Conferences! Click here to go to the update page.
The latest edition School Scene is now online!
The latest TSA School Scene is now posted online. Go here to check it out.
The impact of CTE is talked about on The Today Show
Here's a video from the Today Show promoting career and technical education! Share it with your business and industry partners to show them the impact your student organization has! Click here to view the video.
News from the National Office via Facebook
Stay on top of the latest news from the National Office via Facebook. Click here to see the National TSA Facebook page.
Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women in HS
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for computing-related achievements &interests. Awardees are selected for computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Click here for more information.
2010 Fall Leadership Conference - November 19 - Mark your calendars now!
Mark your calendars! The 2010 Fall Leadership Conference will be held November 19th! We will be returning to the Pepsi Center for another Avalanche of Leaders - a day of leadership training, industry presentations, tours of Pepsi Center, ice time and, of course, an Avalanche game (vs. the New York Rangers)! Details to ...follow!
2011 Colorado TSA State Conference Scheduled for February 10-12
The 2011 Colorado TSA State Conference has been scheduled for February 10-12, 2011 at the Denver Tech Center Marriott in Denver. Mark your calendars now and keep an eye on your inbox to get the lates Call to Conference and the State Competitive Events Guide.
Stay in touch!
Stay on top of the latest happenings by following COTSA on Facebook and Twitter. If you don't have a Facebook account, you can set one up here.
For More Information
For more information about Colorado TSA, please contact Tony Raymond, Colorado TSA State Advisor, at 720-858-2794..