Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related events at front and center in this annual competition.


Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, PA —  The Lower Merion School District announced today that twenty-four students from Lower Merion High School's Technology Student Association's (TSA) traveled to Maryland where they participated in the 2019 National TSA Conference.  Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The five-day conference ran from June 28 through July 2 and was held at the Gaylord National Resort just outside and south of Washington DC in National Harbor, Maryland.

"The Aces turned in an outstanding all-around performance as they claimed five second-place finishes and two additional top-ten finishes at this year's event," said a district-wide alert. "Congratulations to LMHS TSA on an outstanding year and exemplary performance at Nationals!"

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The National TSA Conference is a culmination of regional and state competitions where challenging stem related events and activities help students foster personal growth and leadership development.  Approximately 250,000 TSA student members throughout the United States compete in qualifying for the prestigious National Conference.

According to the District here are the winning competitors and their teams.

Fashion Design and Technology – 2nd Place – Team Members: Cate Roser, Claire Sun, Will De Santis, Harper Segal

This event tests students fashion design and fabric construction skills through designing, making, and modeling clothes while incorporating technological elements into the final product.

Chapter Team – 2nd Place – Team Members: Sophie Yang, Elliot Ginzburg, Dhaval Sharma, Julian Ginzburg, Mona Vakil, Phillip Gao

Testing on Parliamentary Procedure and Robert's Rules of Order is conducted and a 15-minute business meeting with specific parameters according to parliamentary procedure, are judged by professional parliamentarians like officials from state legislatures and Congress.

Biotechnology Design2nd Place – Team Members: Eric Yang, Sophie Yang, Chris De Santis, Max Serota, Elliot Ginzburg, Dhaval Sharma

The students created displays, models, and portfolios about biotechnological processes that were then judges by various industry professionals on accuracy, ingenuity, and presentation.

Webmaster – 2nd Place - Team Members: Owen Wetherbee, Dhaval Sharma, Max Serota, Elliot Ginzburg, Julian Ginzburg

Students code a website according to a year by year theme, concentrating on everything from back end architecture to user experience. Students also interview with computer scientists about both front and back end aspects of the website.  

A Webmaster is a term coined back in 1993 where one person is responsible for registering the domain, creating and maintaining the website and its content.

Technology Problem Solving – 2nd Place – Team Members: Linda Liu and Lauryn Holgado

Students compete against the clock with students from other schools in an on-site technology problem-solving contest where they must develop a finite solution to a problem provided.

Children's Stories – Top 10 – Team Members: Chris De Santis, Cate Roser, Will De Santis, Sophie Yang

The participants create an illustrated children's story of high artistic, instructional, and social value. The story had to have been written in prose or poetry taking the form of a fable, adventure story, or other structure. The physical storybook had to meet TSA theme of creating a  tactile picture book that explains a STEM concept for children with a disability. The story needed a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focus.

Engineering Design – Top 10 – Team Members: Elliot Ginzburg, Jack Shapiro, Jonathan Xu, Phillip Gao, Eric Yang, Julian Ginzburg

To compete, students developed a solution to a National Academy of Engineering grand challenge focused on creating solar-powered blinds.   Participants used precise problem definition, through research, creativity, experimentation, and the development of documents and appropriate models, whether mathematical, graphical, and physical prototype model. The semifinalist teams presented and defended their proposed solution to a panel of judges.

This year's conference had a special event called Senior Night Celebration.  On Monday, July 1 registered attendees enjoyed an ice cream sundae bar, tables games such as Connect 4™, Battleship™, etc., photo stations, and technology-related prizes. A DJ emcee announced the games and activities. Students that attended received a T-shirt designed especially for the event. 

Representatives from CompTIA (a non-profit trade association) were on hand to speak with students and TSA alumni about technology careers.

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