Virginia TSA is proud to announce that there will be virtual fall competitive events offered as many school systems start this new school year with uncertainty as to how everything will go. Being that so many schools will have a virtual aspect, Virginia TSA is there to meet that need. Many of the National TSA competitive events have been adjusted to fit a virtual format. With that being the case, Virginia TSA plans to run nearly 25 virtual competitive events this fall using the new virtual competitive event guides. This will give Virginia TSA students the opportunity to engage very early in the school year in this virtual setting that many schools will be in. The schedule of these events is right here in this link. Fall-Virtual Addendum Please read through the entire addendum as to not miss out on any event that students would want to take part in. National TSA affiliation is open so go now and affiliate as to not to miss out.
Virginia TSA is proud to announce that it has a new partnership for the 2020-2021 school year. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is partnering with Virginia TSA to help STEM students across the state have more opportunities at the middle and high school level. This partnership will allow students and teachers to have more access to Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers and other VDOT employees across the state to enhance their learning environments and give them feedback on their competitive events. Virginia TSA will also have even more qualified judges at its competitive events at the regional and state level due to this partnership. This partnership is a win-win for the students involved in Virginia TSA.
Since we were unable to have Technosphere 2020 due to COVID-19, the 2019-2020 Virginia TSA State Officer Team did a farewell video. Here is the 2019-2020 Virginia TSA State Officer Team farewell video.
The Virginia TSA 2019 Leadership Academy was held at Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Keezletown in November. It was a great weekend for all the Virginia TSA members who attended. There were leadership sessions provided by the Virginia TSA State Officer team throughout the weekend which included some competitions that culminated with prizes for the winning leadership teams. Teams were chosen from members of all the schools that were in attendance from the state. This allowed for a lot of communication from students across the state. The student members got to work with students from their own school as well as others from schools across the state in the leadership activities. After the opening session on Friday night, all members went outside to a campfire where they made smores. The members who attended also were involved in team bonding outside activities during the day on Saturday that included a climbing wall, archery and a nature trail to name a few. All students got a lot out of the weekend and a had a great time in the process. Virginia TSA members, if you did not attend leadership academy this year, you definitely want to be a part next year. It is an experience that you will not forget.
Virginia TSA hosted the 2019 National TSA Conference in National Harbor, Maryland on June 28 – July 2, 2019. Pictured below is a portion of the state delegation that attended the conference. Virginia TSA competed very well at Nationals as it had 80 individuals or teams place in the top 10 during the five-day event, including a clean sweep of the top three spots in High School Flight Endurance. All together Virginia students took home eight first place trophies at the National conference. Here is a link for you to be able to see all the Virginia state winners at the conference. Virginia TSA top 10s 2019 National Conference
Virginia TSA has been privileged over the years to be associated with many leaders who have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and provided high distinction within TSA and the Technology Education profession. Virginia TSA desires to continue that Tradition of Excellence and therefore each year offers three separate scholarships in honor of these distinguished professional leaders. Please seek out those graduating seniors who fit these qualities and apply for one of these Scholarships listed below. Applications can be found at the following Link: http://virginiatsa.org/resources/
The deadline for returning applications is March 31, 2021.
The Virginia Technology Student Association announces the availability of the $1000 Monroe Scholarship for an undergraduate student majoring in teacher preparation – with certification in technology education. The award – in honor of John Monroe, DTE, a Virginia technology educator – is based upon evidence of leadership potential and desire to be a teacher.
The Virginia Technology Student Association announces the availability of the $1,000 Hughes Scholarship for an undergraduate student majoring in teacher preparation – with certification in technology education. The award – in honor of Thomas A. Hughes, Jr., a Virginia technology educator – is based upon evidence of leadership potential and desire to be a teacher.
The Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association announces the availability of the $1,000 George R. Willcox Scholarship for an undergraduate student. The award is based upon evidence of leadership.