Over 4,500 Students and Educators Expected at National Technology Student Association Conference in Nashville, Tennessee

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Middle and high school students will compete in STEM events

Technology Student Association (TSA) members nationwide are expected to attend the 2012 National TSA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee June 21 – June 25 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Middle and high school student members are preparing to compete in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The conference will recognize the technological future of the nation with the theme “The Road To Success.”

High school and middle school technology students, guided by their chapter advisors (teachers), prepare throughout the school year to compete with their peers in STEM events such as Agriculture and Biotechnology, CAD, Construction Renovation, Video Game Design, Dragster Design, Engineering Design, Flight Endurance, Music Production and Structural Engineering . Many attendees will also participate in leadership sessions, designed to develop and enhance leadership skills through customized sessions based on The Student Leadership Challenge– The Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders. Other special interest sessions will be presented by industry representatives and educators.

The first of four general sessions will be held on Friday, June 22 and will open the conference with a “Parade of State Flags” ceremony and a welcome from Tennessee Commissioner of Education Keith Huffman. The keynote address will be given by former national TSA president, Katy Galambos, a Yale graduate, who currently works for Google. TSA partners with The American Cancer Society (ACS) for its national service project, and conference attendees will be recognized for their ACS fundraising efforts throughout the year.

TSA ,with partner IFI (Innovation First International), will conduct the TSA VEX Robotics "Gateway" championship. The VEX Robotics Design System and competitions offer students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math. More than 100 TSA VEX teams are expected to participate in this year’s championship.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a 180,000-member organization. Nearly 2,500 TSA technology teachers conduct TSA chapter programs in 47 states. TSA’s goal is to promote technological literacy and leadership. Students learn problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills as they relate to communications, power, energy, transportation, engineering, manufacturing, construction and biotechnology. TSA is a non-profit education association with its national office at 1914 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Call 703 860-9000.

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