> Middle School Units
Units now available from Centre Point Learning
Agricultural / Biotechnology -
The scope of technology has an ever-widening influence over
agriculture adn biotechnology fields. This unit will begin
the study of those technologies.
Cyberspace Pursuit - Participants
(one team of two to five members) are required to create
and launch a HTML (hyper-text markup language) World Wide
Web site that features the schools technology education
program, the school's TSA chapter, and the TSA chapter's
solution to a technology
design brief .
Dragster Design Challenge - Participants
(two per chapter) design, produce drawings of, and build
a CO2-powered dragster utilizing the materials approved
by the rules and following the required specifications.
Cars are evaluated on the basis of the drawing, the dragsters
appearance, and final position in the race. To check out
some of the cars from last year's conference, go to Pitsco.com,
scroll down, and click on the flaming dragster.
Environmental Challenge - TSA
participants (one team per chapter; two students per team
for finalist interview) are required to identify, research
and design a visual display that documents their teams
solution to a specific environmental problem; plan and implement
a solution to the problem; then evaluate the results and
communicate the solution through a display and demonstration.
Finalists are interviewed regarding their teams solution
to the problem
Flight Challenge - Participant
(limited to two per chapter) studies the principles of flight,
then designs, fabricates, and tests a glider. Using an original
design and the materials provided on site, entrant creates
a glider designed to stay in flight for the longest period
of time. Gliders are designed to be launched from a catapult
provided on site. Check for help available in your area
on the Academy
of Model Aeronautics web site.
Mechanical Challenge - Participants
(one team of two per chapter) use their critical thinking
skills to solve a problem with simple machines. Two students
per chapter design, construct, and operate a mechanical
device in order to collect a variety of balls from a gaming
court in the least amount of time. The mechanical device
must utilize two or more of the six simple machines to convert
human force into the motion needed for collecting the various
Structural Challenge - Using basic
engineering techniques participants research, model, and
stress test a bridge designed to hold the greatest load.
Each team (one team of two per chapter) systematically plans
and constructs a model to be tested using the supplied materials
within two and one-half hours and submits it for destructive
Transportation Challenge - Participants
(two per chapter) design, engineer, and fabricate an all-terrain
vehicle using battery power capable of transporting a payload
over the designated length of an obstacle course in the
least amount of time.
Medical Technology Challenge -
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.
Digital Photography - Even though
the advent of digital cameras for the general population
is reasonably recent, the technological advances have provided
a whole new industry. This unit explores the variety of
uses and technologies for digital imaging.