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Utah TSA Members Triumph at National Conference

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

IMAG0250Last month, Utah TSA (Technology Student Association) first place state winners competed at the 2015 National TSA Conference in Dallas, Texas. Middle/junior high and high school student members participated in 60 competitive events. Each event was based on principles and concepts they learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.

At the conference, more than 21 middle/junior high and high school student members placed in the top ten in the nation for their exceptional achievement in 19 technology-based competitive events. Among these winners were two high school students who placed first in four VEX Robotics competitions, and one middle school student who placed first in the System Control Technology competition.

FIRST PLACE – High School
VEX Robotics – Combined Skills
VEX Robotics – Excellence Award
VEX Robotics – Head-to-Head
VEX Robotics – Robot Skills
COOPER GRAY and ADAM JOHNSON (Davis High School)

FIRST PLACE – Middle/Junior High School
System Control Technology
JAY CLIFT (Oak Canyon Junior High school)

HERE is the list of contest results.

TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology and engineering classes in grades 7-12. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership training, career development, teamwork, community service, competitive events, and student recognition to supplement the curriculum in technology and engineering. Utah has 3,279 members in 53 chapters.

TSA logo

Utah TSA Members Arrive in Dallas, TX

Monday, June 29th, 2015

TSA state officersUtah TSA student members have arrived in Dallas, Texas to attend the 37th Annual 2015 National TSA Conference, through July 2. Middle/junior high and high school student members will 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.

View Conference Program
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Get the TSA conference app. Visit the Apple App Store and search TSA Schedule to get the free app.
Download the TSA conference app from Google Play. Visit http://play.google.com and search for TSA Schedule to download the free app.

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Dallas, Texas to compete at the 2015 TSA National Leadership Conference.

TSA: Designing Your Dreams

 “This past year has, once again, been successful, productive, and record-breaking for TSA.  As our association continues to grow, so will our challenges and need for strong leadership. I am certain that over the coming years TSA members will meet and exceed expectations.”

—Steven Stokes, National TSA President

Meet Michael Peters: Future Engineering Technician

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Michael Peters photo“I want to be an engineering technician and work with engineers and designers in changing and modifying designs to make them work better. I really want to make a difference in the world.

“I have completed 21 college credits even before entering college. I feel more prepared to go into college classes because I have been taking CTE classes. The tech design classes have taught me computer-aided design, and I will be a certified draftsman by the end of the class. I will be able to take this [certification] to any drafting company and they will recognize that I have been trained. CTE classes have also helped me think more like an engineer and helped me open my mind to the new things that are possible. I have had college-level classes in high school, so I am ready for the level of learning required in college.”

—Michael Peters, Bountiful High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Michael on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah Valley University. Michael was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet Tuesday, April 28, 2015.


Update: FIRST Robotics Competition

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

FIRST 2014-1Congratulations to Annie Yun and Jacob Fishman who qualified to advance to the 2015 National FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis, MO on April 22-25, 2015. The FIRST Championship is the culmination of the season’s FIRST programs, bringing together robotics competitions for the ultimate Sport for the Mind™. Teams will compete for scholarships ranging from a one-time award of $500 to full four-year tuition.

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award
Annie Yun

Team 3006 – Red Rock Robotics – Salt Lake City, UT
Jacob Fishman
Team 3245 – The Ravens – Sandy, UT

Team 3239—Birds of Prey of Layton, Utah received the Industrial Safety Award. Although the team will not be advancing to national competition, the award they received celebrates their progress in the competition, beyond safety fundamentals, by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. Congratulations!

Related Stories:
High School Students Compete in Regional Robotics Competition in Salt Lake City
Robots and Their Child Overlords Invade Utah for a Day
Robotics Competition Inspires Future Engineers
Teams Compete to See Who Can Build the Fastest Robot

Save the Date: FIRST Robotics Competition

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

American Fork_TE_IMG_3467Plan now to attend the 2015 Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition March 13-14 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The FIRST Robotics Competition is called a “Varsity Sport for the Mind®” and has all of the excitement and stakes of a high school championship sports tournament. Forty-three teams from 11 states and Canada will compete for worldwide recognition and a chance to win over $20 million in college scholarships.

Under strict rules, limited resources, and tight time limits, teams of 25 students are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.

This year’s FIRST Robotics game is called “Recycle Rush” and is played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by staking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.

Who: 43 teams from 11 states and Canada

What: Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition – Grades 9-12

Where: Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah

When: Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14

A live stream of the competition can be watched on YouTube HERE.

Engineering for You Video Contest

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Milford_TE_IMG_4456Throughout history, engineering has advanced civilization from the way we connect with each other, to the way we heal, to how we get around, and simply have fun. But society still faces major obstacles. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering and they want YOU to create and submit a 1-2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world!

Who: The competition is open to all individuals or teams in four competition categories.
> Middle school students and younger (grades K-8)
> High school students (grades 9-12)
> Postsecondary students (2-year college through graduate school)
> General public

What: Create and submit a 1-2 minute video focused on one or more of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.

When: Competition opened Monday, January 5, 2015 and continues through Monday, March 2, 2015.

Why: Show how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world.

How: Select at least one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering and create a 1-2 minutes video showing how engineering will create a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world in the future.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, March 2, 2015 by 12 pm eastern standard time.

Winners will be announced in September 2015
Grand Prize: $25,000
People’s Choice Award: $5,000
Other Prizes: The top videos in each competition category are eligible for a prize of up to $5,000.

For more information: http://www.nae.edu/e4u2/


Utah TSA Members Excel at National Conference

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Last month, Utah TSA (Technology Student Association) student members traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the 2014 National TSA Conference. At the conference, students participated in 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. TSA positively impacts the lives of junior high and high school students.

At the conference, TSA recognized the top 10 finalist in each event and awarded trophies to the top three. Wasatch Junior High School, in Granite School District, under the direction of Career and Technical Education teacher and TSA advisor, Tony Bryrom, received top 10 honors in 6 of 32 events they competed. “I am so proud of my students. All 12 of them made the top ten in at least one event. One of my students made the top ten 5 times. They have all caught the TSA bug and plan to make TSA strong in the high school next year.”

Other Utah junior highs that received honors were Lehi, Oak Canyon, and Millcreek Junior High Schools. Utah high school students were recognized as top-10 finalist in 11 of 36 events.  Utah received top 3 trophies in the following 6 events:

Computer Numeric Control
Andrew Davis and Dallin Miner (Mountain View High School)

Manufacturing Prototype
Colin Gubler, Katelyn Young, Bethany Jorgensen,
Morgan Maxfield, Jonathon Young,
and Aubrey Wheelwright
 (Pleasant Grove High School)

On Demand Video
Hillcrest High School

Photographic Technology
Tanaysia Pierce (InTech Collegiate High School)

System Control Technology
Christian Davidson, Cole Olsen,
and Jacob Winder (American Fork High School)

CAD 3D Engineering
Shardul Kamat (Jordan Applied Technology Center)

Other high schools recognized as top-10 finalists were: Jordan Applied Technology Center, Lehi, Hillcrest, Bingham, Layton, and NUAMES High Schools.

“Congratulations to our excellent Technology and Engineering teachers that go the extra mile for their students,” says Darrell Andelin, Technology and Engineering specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.

HERE is the list of contest results.

WATCH a video highlighting the scope of TSA educational programs and competitive events.

Wasatch Junior High School students

Utah TSA Student Members to Compete at National Conference

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Utah TSA student members are arriving in Washington, DC to attend the 2014 National TSA Conference. Middle/junior high and high school student members will 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.

View Conference Program
TSA on Twitter #NatTSA2k14
TSA on Facebook #NatTSA2k14

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Washington, DC to compete at the TSA 2014 National Leadership Conference.

 TSA: A Tradition of Excellence

“The 2013-2014 national officers and I wish you the best of luck and thank you for all of your efforts. Without your devotion, TSA would not be as special as it is. Go forth and be the best in your competitions, learn, make some memories and have fun,” says Sanjay Koduvalli, National TSA President.

2014 Milford Renewable Energy Fair

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Last month, Milford High School hosted the 6th Annual SUTREC Energy Fair on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. This Fair has become an annual event, coordinated by Andy Swapp, Career and Technical Education Technology and Engineering teacher, and the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center (SUTREC). The Renewable Energy Fair is a gathering of Utah renewable energy industries, government representatives, and local schools. Students typically come from southern Utah locations, with occasional participation by northern schools.

The Milford High School gymnasium was filled with energy displays and hands-on activities. Outside were additional activities, vintage cars, solar cooking demonstrations, and the annual electric vehicle race around the football field. This year the race included five cars representing Beaver, Milford, and Delta High Schools. Each student-build electric vehicle is challenged to travel as many laps as possible around the track on a single 12 volt car battery in one hour. This is a race of electrical endurance, not necessarily speed. Miss Utah—Ciera Pekarcik—presented the 1st Place Award to Delta High School, whose driver was Morgan Cropper. Miss Utah was also present for the Industry Luncheon hosted by the Milford Lions Club.

Southern Utah is a hotbed of renewable energy production with huge wind farms, solar energy collection, geothermal, hydropower, and bio-mass. “We have a mecca of renewable energy within a 50 mile radius. Talk about an education goldmine and a development goldmine,” says Andy Swapp.

Don’t miss next year’s Renewable Energy Fair, which is typically held in April.

Related news stories:
Milford Energy Fair Hosts State Officials – The Spectrum
Utah Business Leaders Tour Renewable Energy Sites – Fox 13 News Utah
Milford Renewable Energy Fair – Narrated by Terry Wood for the County Seat.


Meet Calvin Hill: Future Drafting Design Technician

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“My personal goal is to obtain an associate of science degree in pre-engineering with an emphasis in drafting technology. After obtaining this degree I will work as an engineering technician for a mechanical engineering company, providing the necessary drafting of the designs needed to produce the product efficiently and accurately.

“My training in CTE courses in high school prepared me for life after high school by helping me discover my love of drafting. I discovered that my desire to utilize my computer skills and my need for things to be ‘just perfect’ were best focused in the area of drafting design. I also learned that this was a viable career to which I could aspire. I also discovered the need for drafters in the world of engineering. I focused my CTE Pathway toward this career goal, and have taken some advanced drafting classes at the local Applied Technology College to improve both my knowledge of the field and my employability in the field.”

Calvin Hill
InTech Collegiate High School

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Calvin Hill
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Calvin Hill on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to USU Eastern—Price. Calvin was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards  banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.