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Desktop Publishing - Participants
(one per state) develop a portfolio of materials during
the current school year. The portfolio includes a tri-fold
pamphlet, a three-column newsletter, and a poster. All participants
then work to solve an on-site problem that demonstrates
their abilities to use the computer to design, edit, and
print materials for publication.
Film/Video Technology - Participants
develop a film/video that focuses on a subject of their
choice from one or more of the following areas: the arts,
social studies, science, or the technology. Possible subjects
include but are not limited to social study documentaries,
nature films, advertisements, comedies, or dramas. Sound
may accompany the film/video.
Manufacturing Prototype - Participants
(two per chapter) design and manufacture a prototype of
a product and provide a description of how the product could
be manufactured in a state-of-the-art American industry
.R C Transportation - TSA participants
(one team of two members) design, fabricate, test, and demonstrate
the use of a radio controlled vehicle that collects and
distributes one fluid ounce plastic condiment cups, such
as the SOLO 100 during a five (5) minute demonstration.
SciVis - Participants in SciVis
develop visualization focusing on a subject or topic from
one one or more of the following areas: technology, engineering,
science, mathematics, social studies, or the arts.
Structural Engineering - TSA teams
(one team of two members per chapter) construct a model
of the selected structure to be destructively tested to
determine design efficiency.
System Control Technology - Participants
(one team of three members per state) are given a problem,
typically one in an industrial setting, that requires them
to develop a computer-controlled model-solution on site.
Working as teams, they analyze the problem, build a computer-controlled
mechanical model, program the model, explain the features
of their solution, and leave instructions for evaluators
to operate the device.
Technology Challenge - TSA participants
(one team of two members per chapter) are challenged to
design, fabricate, and demonstrate the application and control
of mechanical, fluid, and electrical power by designing
a device to demonstrate the application of power and energy
principles. A Rube Goldberg device that directs a golf ball
form release to an electrical switch is used to demonstrate
the application device. Evaluation is based upon upon exact
one-minute duration from release to activation of the light;
application of mechanical, fluid, and electrical energy
principles; and craftsmanship.
Medicine and related
medical fields continue to spread their impact on all or
our daily lives. This unit explores some of those fundamental
medical practices and implications.
Agricultural & Biotechnologies - The scope of technology
has an ever-widening influence over agriculture adn biotechnology
fields. This unit will begin the study of those technologies.