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AET Department Hosts Regional Competitions 2016 for Regional Schools

TSA students outside the Whalin Technology Complex

The annual Technology Student Association (TSA) Regional competitions was hosted by the Department of Applied Engineering & Technology (AE&T) on Friday, February 26, 2016.  Approximately 270 students from ten counties – Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Grant, Graves, Madison, Meade, Nelson, Pendleton, and Wayne – gathered early in the morning on the main Richmond campus of EKU for a full day of healthy competition and good cheer.  With 70 students registered at the event, Caudill Middle School in Madison County, a relative newcomer to the EKU TSA Regionals, had the most students participating in the competition. This year boasted the largest gathering of students we have had in recent years, even with wintery weather conditions in the area, and budgetary considerations causing some schools to defer participation.

A total of 40 middle and high school technology-related competitions which were judged by AE&T department faculty, staff, students, and volunteers. Following the inaugural session in the Burrier auditorium, participants streamed into the Whalin Technology Complex where most of the competitions were scheduled, organized in a morning and an afternoon session. The Weaver gymnasium was used to judge various aviation performance related events.  

The most popular high school competition continued to be Technology Problem Solving, followed by Technology Bowl (a Jeopardy-style event), On Demand Video, Computer Aided Design (CAD) 3D, and Dragster Design. Other popular high school events included Digital Video Production, Prepared Presentation and CAD 2D Architecture.

As with their high school counterparts, the largest number of middle school students participated in Problem Solving, followed by Dragster, Tech Bowl, and Video Game Design. Students also eagerly set up School/Project Displays, displayed Medical Technology Issues posters, discussed Leadership Strategies, and competed in Flight, along with other competitions. Some students were still racing their dragsters past late into the afternoon.

An important part of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Health (STEM-H) initiative, every year students in TSA organizations around the state begin preparing for competing in various individual and team events at the start of the school year. While most of the events are held on site, some such as 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. 

Thanks to new AE&T department faculty members Joe Marthaler, Greg Wilson, and Dr. Ni Wang helped facilitate and judge the TSA Regionals; to EKU faculty, staff, and student assistants who were actively involved in various stages of the event, such as event planning, arranging for event venues across campus, arranging refreshments, and wrapping up after the events. As with previous TSA events Dr. David Dailey provided students with the delightful opportunity to print their own T-shirts.

The TSA Regional competition 2016 was a success with the participants as well as those connected with the event at EKU and beyond. The sound of enthusiastic students rooting for their school teams filled the Whalin hallways for much of the day Friday. We hope to see these students and many more back at EKU for TSA Regionals 2017. Next year the competition is scheduled to be hosted, as it has for a great many years, on the last Friday of February, in the Whalin Technology Complex.

For more information regarding the TSA regional competitions please contact either Dr. Tim Ross, AE&T department chair, or Dr. Sergio Sgro, TSA Coordinator.  Additional details regarding the EKU regional TSA competitions is available at:  For event rules and TSA school chapter information contact Ms. Staci Davis.

Photographs taken during the 2016 TSA Regional competitions are included below courtesy McKenna Revel, Lauren Ray, and Anthony Friend, all students in the College of Business & Technology (CB&T).

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Published on February 26, 2016

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