What is the Technology Student Association?

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit national student organization for middle and high school students with a strong interest in technology. Since TSA was chartered in 1978 over 2,000,000 students have participated.

The Technology Student Association enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in STEM, whereby members apple and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs.

fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts through co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs.

Who Are TSA’s Members?

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 233,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 49 states. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities and much more. The diversity of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence on their lives

To Start a TSA Chapter

All that is needed is a motivated teacher and an eager group of students. An expensive array of high-tech equipment is not necessary. Just call 703-860-9000 or click on Join TSA for more information.

How Much Does It Cost?

TSA offers three curriculum- integrated membership programs.  Each chapter chooses the program that works best for them.

Red Chapter Affiliation Program (Red CAP)
A chapter affiliates up to ten members by paying a flat fee (additional members may be added during the year for a fee). The membership fee for Red CAP is $100 at the national level and $50 state dues.

White Chapter Affiliation Program (White CAP)
A chapter affiliates eleven or more members by paying a per member White CAP fee for state and national dues.  The membership fee for White CAP is $10 per member at the national level and $5 state dues.

Blue Chapter Affiliation Program (Blue CAP)
A chapter affiliates an unlimited number of members in a school for a flat fee (typically effective when there are more than 30 members). This option is popular in chapters where students rotate through a STEM class for a portion of the year to enable all students to be members.  The membership fee for Blue CAP is $350 at the national level plus $125 state dues.

The chapter affiliation program you choose must be the same at the state and national level.  Red CAP chapters become White CAP chapters automatically when they affiliate eleven or more members.  Red CAP or White CAP chapters may convert to Blue CAP at any time.  TSA operates under a unified dues policy, whereby members must affiliate and pay applicable dues at the local, state and national. Advisor fees for any of the programs are $10 for each advisor.


TSA History

The Technology Student Association (TSA), formerly AIASA, is the oldest student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology education classes grades K-12. It has a rich history that spans three decades. Three distinct periods may be found in TSA’s history. During the period from 1958 to 1978, the American Industrial Arts Student Association (AIASA) was a sponsored activity of the American Industrial Arts Association (AIAA). In 1978, the nonprofit corporation, AIASA, Inc., was formed to oversee AIASA as a separate organization. During the decade that followed, the organization grew in size, strength, structure, and impact on students and secondary school programs. The summer of 1988 closed this third decade as AIASA reached another milestone, a change in the organization’s name: the Technology Student Association (TSA).

Milestones in TSA’s History

1978 First Board of Directors of AIASA, Inc. elected in February.

1978 U.S. Office of Education recognized AIASA as the official vocational student organization for industrial arts students.

1978 AIASA, Inc. is created, beginning financial independence from AIAA.

1978 Ronald W. Applegate hired as first Executive Director under AIASA, Inc.

1979 AIASA holds first national conference separate from AIAA.

1981 National Standards for Industrial Arts Programs includes 11 specific Standards related to student organization.

1985 Revised Competitive Events Handbook with 5-Year Planning Matrix published.

1988 Students vote to change name of AIASA to Technology Student Association (TSA) (June 22) A name change trade mark application was placed on file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Its first president was Curtis Sheets of Virginia.

1989 The official TSA logo was designed by TSA chapter advisor Steve Price of Georgia. The membership adopted the logo for use at the national, state and local level.

1990 The TSA logo received a registered trade mark by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

1991 A membership recruitment program was created, “Shoot for the Stars.” In the mid ’90s, it evolved into the Star Recognition Program (White, Red and Blue Star Chapters).

1992 The TSA elementary program was created, TechnoKids. Later, it was renamed The Great Technology Adventure.

1993 Tonya Vandergriff became TSA’s first female president.

1994 For the first time, National TSA had more than100,000 members. The first ever National TSA Day was held on April 24.

1995 In a partnership between TSA and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the American Technology Honor Society was formed

1996 TSA’s competitive events program was divided between the middle school and high school levels with each having its own competition guidelines.

1997 TSA’s national conference was held in Washington, DC and it was the first conference with more than 3,500 participants.
1998 TSA’s annual leadership conference took place in two locations, Denver, CO, and Baltimore, MD.

1999 Under the direction of TSA president James Coleman, Jr. the TSA Constitution and Bylaws were revised and combined. The TSA membership approved a new comprehensive governing document and raised the membership dues to $7.

2000 The American Technology Honor Society became the National Technology Achievement Award.

2001 TSA officially became the Technology Student Association and received trademark status from the United States Patent and Trademark Office

2002 TSA launches its newly redesigned website, www.tsaweb.org.

2003 TSA celebrates its 25th anniversary. The 25th Anniversary Fund was created to provide membership scholarships to under-served communities. National TSA Day was extended to National TSA Week.

2004 TSA conducts a first ever Relay Rally at its national conference for the American Cancer Society.

2005 TSA launches the DuPont Leadership Academy at its national conference, the Mentor Program, TSA and the American Cancer Society launch the Spirit of Service Awards program. Also, the TSA website was again redesigned with two online stores, one for TSA apparel and one for TSA publications and products. TSA’s quarterly newsletter, School Scene, started appearing on the website in HTML.

2006 TSA is awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to host a two-day symposium for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) stakeholders and robotics education experts to develop a robotics assessment rubric that can be incorporated into competitive event activities and instruction in the classroom.

2007 TSA offers its members on-line affiliation as well as on-line registration for the national conference.

2008 — TSA expands the DuPont Leadership Academy at the 30th annual national conference in Orlando, Florida to include sessions for graduating seniors, chapter and state officers and advisors

2009 — Developed through a partnership between Project Lead the Way (PLTW), TSA and SkillsUSA, the Engineering Alliance program is launched offering a series of classroom level competitions and leadership development activities designed specifically for Project Lead The Way (PLTW) affiliated middle and high school pre-engineering instructional programs.

2010 — The TSA VEX Robotics Competition partnership provides students with a hands-on co-curricular competition for learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and complements the existing technology-related competitions offered by TSA. TSA VEX Robotics tournaments will be conducted in conjunction with TSA’s state conferences followed by a championship event at the annual National TSA Conference.

2011 — TSA acquires the TEAMS and UNITE programs of the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS)

2013 – TSA celebrates its 35th anniversary

2013 – TSA hosts the Beast in Nation competition at the national conference.

2014 – National TSA had more than 200,000 members for the year and almost 7000 people attend the annual national conference.

2014 – TSA holds the first national Junior Solar Sprint competition

2014 – All national TSA contest competitors required to wear the official TSA (blue) shirt.

Past Presidents – AIASA and TSA

Year President State
1978 – 79 Jeff Short, Oklahoma
1979 – 80 Rick Saucier, Louisiana
1980 – 81 Chris Hoffman, New Jersey
1981 – 82 Jenny Robichaux, Louisiana
1982 – 83 Dan La Fountain, Connecticut
1983 – 84 Mark Powers, Virginia
1984 – 85 Robert Stokes, Oklahoma
1985 – 86 George Munn, Florida
1986 – 87 Emily Wise, Virginia

TSA and TSA, Inc. Past Presidents and National TSA Conference Locations

1988 Adam Zakarian and Mr. Harold Richards – Downingtown, PA
1989 Curtis Sheets and Mr. Harold Richards – Winston-Salem, NC
1990 Chris Beuershausen and Mr. Jim Carey – Corpus Christi, TX
1991 Quang Le and Dr. Lynn Basham – Tulsa, OK
1992 Guy Cecil and Mr. Steve Barbato – Richmond, VA
1993 Tonya Vandergriff and Mr. Donovan Bowers – Nashville, TN
1994 Kevin Thigpen and Mr. Steve Barbato – Orlando, FL
1995 Devere Day and Dr. Tom D’Apolito – Chicago, IL
1996 Brooke Davis and Mr. Henry Lacy – Louisville, KY
1997 Matt Zimmerman and Mr. Ron Engstrom – Washington, DC
1998 Bart Slabbekorn and Dr. Elazer Barnett – Pittsburgh, PA
1999 James Coleman, Jr. and Mr. Mike Ribelin – Tulsa, OK
2000 Katrina Miller and Mr. Doug Wagner – Atlanta, GA
2001 Misty Lamb and Mr. Rick Schmidt – Richmond, VA
2002 Casey Wiggins Loper and Mr. Richard Grimsley – Denver, CO
2003 Michael Ward and Mr. Donovan Bowers – Orlando, FL
2004 Amy Groner and Mrs. Alta Mc Daniel – Nashville, TN
2005 Bradley Jennings and Mr. Mike Amrhein – Chicago, IL
2006 Katy Galambos and Mr. Steve Price – Dallas, TX
2007 Trent Kissee and Ms. Sharon Rookard – Nashville, TN
2008 KC Cushman and Mrs. Kathleen Squibb – Orlando, FL
2009 Eric Dixon and Mr. Bud Worley – Denver, CO
2010 Peter Andrews and Mr. Bill Bertrand – Baltimore, MD
2011 Zachary Barnes and Mr. Bob Behnke – Dallas, TX
2012 Pratyusha Gupta and Mr. Matthew Strinden – Nashville, TN
2013 Dhruv Pillai and Mr. Kevin Terronez – Orlando, FL
2014 Sanjay Koduvalli and Mr. Matthew Strinden – Washington, DC
2015 Steven Stokes and Mr. Bob Behnke – Dallas, TX
2016 Kelsey Stoner and Mr. Rick Schmidt – Nashville, TN
2017 Jack Crawford and Mr. Bud Worley – Orlando, FL


TSA Motto

Learning to Live in a Technical World.


TSA Creed

I believe that Technology Education holds an important place in my life in the technical world. I believe there is a need for the development of good attitudes concerning work, tools, materials, experimentation, and processes of industry.
Guided by my teachers, artisans from industry, and my own initiative, I will strive to do my best in making my school, community, state, and nation better places in which to live.
I will accept the responsibilities that are mine. I will accept the theories that are supported by proper evidence. I will explore on my own for safer, more effective methods of working and living.
I will strive to develop a cooperative attitude and will exercise tact and respect for other individuals.
Through the work of my hands and mind, I will express my ideas to the best of my ability.
I will make it my goal to do better each day the task before me, and to be steadfast in my belief in my God, and my fellow Americans


Official Attire & TSA Dress Code

TSA’s Dress code is divided into three distinct levels: Official Attire, Professional Attire, and Business Casual Attire. Certain competitions require different levels of the dress code to be adhered to – be sure to check your competition’s rules to ensure that you are not given a rules violation for not adhering to the proper dress code. Below are explanations of the three levels:

Official TSA Attire: Most Formal
Blazer: Navy blue with official TSA patch
Ties: Scarlet red imprinted with official TSA logo (for males and females)
Shirt or blouse: White, button-up with turn down collar
Pants or skirt: Light gray
Dark socks: Males only (black or dark blue)
Shoes: Black dress shoes (Athletic shoes, combat or work boots are unacceptable)
Sandals: Females only may wear black open toe shoes or sandals

Professional TSA Attire: Less Formal
Shirt: Males or females, button-up with turn down collar
(T-shirt, polo or golf shirt are unacceptable)
Blouses: Females only
Ties: Males required, females optional
Dress pants (Jeans, baggy pants, exterior pocket pants are unacceptable)
Dresses/skirts: Females only (length even with tips of one’s fingers)
Dark socks: Males only (black or dark blue)
Shoes: Dress shoes or boots (Athletic shoes, combat or work boots are unacceptable)
Sandals: females only may wear open toe shoes or sandals

Business Casual TSA Attire: Least Formal
Same as professional attire, however a tie is not required, and the shirt or blouse may be a polo or golf shirt. (T-shirt or shorts are unacceptable)


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