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Why Join TSA?

Perhaps the most important benefit of TSA membership is the inspiration and enthusiasm that students

gain from receiving recognition for applying their knowledge. Demonstrating skills in a forum beyond school

walls motivates students, especially when there is a large, like-minded audience of peers who support them.


Other benefits include:

  • Enhance technological literacy and leadership skills

  • Work on complex activities from start to finish

  • Compete on local, state and national levels

  • Develop leadership skills

  • Meet and work with business and industry leaders

  • Attend organized meetings

  • Network with students and teachers with similar interests from all over the United States

  • Contribute time and effort to a national service project

  • Receive national membership services, including the online TSA newsletter, School Scene

  • Receive recognition through TSA’s honor society, scholarships and achievement programs

  • Have a voice in a national organization that is helping to shape the future of technology education

Why be a Chapter Advisor?

Serving as a TSA chapter advisor at your school means more than having a “technology club.” It means your school is a part of a national organization that promotes and recognizes excellence in technology students through applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competitions and leadership activities.

Each year TSA brings together leading technology educators to revise, review, and develop competitions at the middle or high school level. Every competitive event is correlated to STEM concepts, and the criteria for evaluating each competition is detailed. TSA competitions (approximately 30 on the middle school level and 30 on the high school level) can be implemented at the local, state and national level.

Once affiliated, your chapter has access to Total TSA, which includes full guidelines for competitions, as well as correlations to STEM and  standards; leadership activities, with suggestions for using the activities with specific events; and, membership materials; this section provides the information you need to know for running and maintaining your chapter.

Whether working on an activity at the local level, or competing at the state or national level, all students who use TSA materials benefit from being a TSA member. Opportunities exist for chapter, state, and national leadership roles through elected offices and working committees. Networking among chapters is encouraged, and a mentor program is available for chapters that would like to be paired with a more experienced chapter - for the purpose of strengthening chapter participation and having questions answered.

For most TSA advisors, TSA is not the only organization they are involved with. Many also coach sports, serve as class advisors, or work on other school activities. So why do they also advise a TSA chapter? Most would tell you that they do so because they feel TSA offers: 

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Teamwork experiences

  • Challenging competitions

  • A sense of belonging to a group of students interested in STEM areas

How Much Time Does It Take?

There is no question that being an advisor for a TSA chapter (or any other student activity) takes time and commitment.


How much time is a function of several variables:

  • INTRA-curricular. TSA is designed so that it can be a part of a technology classroom. Competitive events meet the standards in variety of Indiana Engineering and Technology courses. Meeting after school is always an option for enthusiastic chapters or for teachers who do not teach engineering and technology but are interested in sponsoring a chapter

  • Program of work. This is the basis of chapter activities for the year. The program of work is designed to accommodate the amount of time the advisor and members are willing to devote to the endeavor. Considerations for the program of work include: competitions, fundraising if needed, service project, and social events

  • Organization. Organizing your technology program around TSA can actually save time. TSA is designed to be student run through elected officers – this is often a great classroom management tool.

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