TSA Students Earn Place Finishes at Technology Day

TSA Students Earn Place Finishes at Technology Day
Posted on 10/19/2017
MCHS TSA members

(Minooka) - The Minooka Community High School chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) had three teams earn place finishes at the Illinois Technology Student Association’s annual Technology Day at Illinois State University on Friday, October 13, 2017.

For each of the competitions, students had two hours and limited materials to design and build a device that could complete a specific challenge.

Two MCHS teams earned place finishes in the Transportation Technology category. In this category, teams had to construct an airplane that could stay in the air for the greatest amount of time. The airplanes were also required to have two wings and both rear stabilizers (vertical and horizontal). The team of junior Zach Wojcieszak and freshman Mia Schofield earned first place in Level 2, and and the team of freshmen Preston Slater and Nick Pierce earned third place in Level 1.

One MCHS team earned a place finish in the Engineering category. In this category, teams had to construct a structure that would hold two different sized balls the furthest distance apart horizontally. Additionally, one ball had to be between 3’ and 3’ 6” above the table and the other a minimum of 5" above the table. Creations were also restricted to a 2’ x 2’ base. The team of sophomores Aidan Bell and Lucas Smerica earned a third place finish in Level 2.

According to the Illinois Technology Student Association’s website, www.iltsa.org, Technology Day, is a one-day series of STEM-based, simultaneous, hands-on competitive events, typically drawing between 300-400 middle and secondary students.

Each year the competitions are different in scope, but similar to what other students in academic areas such as mathematics and science compete in. Each competition has Level 1 (6-9 grades) and Level 2 (10-12 grades) components. Each competition is based on the Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology, Common Core Mathematics Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards. Schools do not have to hold official TSA affiliation to compete at Technology Day.

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