2017 TSA Regionals Hosted by AET

2017 TSA regional competition hosted by AET

On Friday, February 24, 2017 the Department of Applied Engineering & Technology (AET) hosted the annual Technology Student Association (TSA) Regional competitions for middle- and high-school students. This year, a record breaking number of students registered for various technology oriented competitive events. Approximately 311 students from 17 schools and 11 counties (Madison, Fayette, Boyle, McCreary, Wayne, Pendleton, Grant, Gallatin, Nelson, Meade, and Jefferson) participated in the competitions.

A total of 36 technology-related competitions were judged by AET department faculty, staff, students, and volunteers. The most popular of the 18 high school competitions continued to be Technology Problem Solving, followed by Video Game Design and Technology Bowl (a Jeopardy-style event). Other popular high school events included Dragster Design, On Demand Video, Fashion Design and Technology, and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

For middle school TSA students the most popular event was Tech Bowl followed by Problem solving, and then Dragster. While most of the events are held on site, some such as Webmaster/Website Design, Technical Design and On Demand Video require early online submissions and judging. In many cases winners of the EKU regional competitions go on to participate in the state TSA competition and even nationally. 

New this year, was a guided walk-through of the AET department by our undergraduate students. On the day of the event, 18 students volunteered their time for serving as tour guides for middle and high-school TSA students, and providing assistance with the events. The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) chapter students assisted with the departmental tours, event setup and judging. Thanks to Austin Herron for judging STEM Careers, and Jaryn Noble for Fashion Design & Technology; Heather Smith for Webmaster/Website Design;  Jeremy Stucliffe, Emmanuel Hernandez, and Anthony Friend for Video Game Design; along with the many students who helped with the setup of tracks for the Dragster, and in the Tech Bowl for middle and high school.

The TSA events are an important part of the national Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Health (STEM-H) initiative. Mark Harrell, Engineering Consultant & Director of KYTSA in the Kentucky Department of Education led the event organization this year, involving new schools in the region to the competitions.

New AET department faculty members, Kyle J. Knezevich and Dennis J. Sinnett were initiated into this AET departmental tradition and eagerly participated in the events judging, along with faculty who have done this for many years. Departmental staff members Linda Huff, Carol Moores, and Cathy Barnes provided invaluable help in making the event a success and Dr. Ni Wang with the event registration setup.

Next year the competition is scheduled to be hosted February, 23, the last Friday of February, in the Whalin Technology Complex. For more information regarding the 2018 TSA regional competitions please contact Mark Harrell (Mark.Harrell@education.ky.gov, 502-564-4286, ext. 4227) who is coordinating the EKU TSA event along with Sergio Sgro, Vigs Chandra. and the AET department chair Dr. Tim Ross.  For questions regarding participation in the State TSA following the regional competitions, please contact Staci Davis (staci.davis@fayette.kyschools.us).  Additional details regarding the EKU regional TSA competitions is available at: http://www.eku-aet.org/tsa/

Thanks to Anthony Friend, Network Security Management (NSM) graduate student in the College of Business and Technology, for images of the 2017 TSA Regional competitions.

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Published on February 24, 2017

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