ATLANTA, GA - Sixteen Governor Livingston High School juniors and seniors attended the national Technology Students Association (TSA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia from June 23rd through June 26th. The students, split into two teams based on grade, competed in the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition.

The GL teams qualified for the national conference during the state level competition at NJIT in March. The sophomore team placed first in its division and fifth overall in the grades 9-10 category, while the junior team placed second in its division and fifth overall in the grades 11-12 category. After both teams qualified for nationals, the students planned their trip to Atlanta independently from the school and held fundraisers to help finance the trip.

Prior to arriving at the national conference, the teams were required to submit a two minute video for the digital media presentation portion of the competition. In their videos, the teams played the role of an engineering consulting firm that provided services to technological companies in order to ensure a sustainable future. This was the first year that the TEAMS competition included a digital media presentation. Teams were required to submit essays at previous conferences. The essay was replaced by the digital media presentation because the organization wanted to incorporate the use of technology into the competition. At the conference, the students presented a project for a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution for traffic in their community. In addition to these tasks, they completed math problems about sustainable buildings and competed in another design and build activity.

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“The TEAMS competition in Atlanta was an amazing learning experience," said junior Elizabeth Mishkevich.  "Not only did we enrich our engineering abilities, but by the end of the trip we were like a close knit family. We came into the club expecting to build some towers, but came out with a solution to traffic congestion in Manhattan and lots of fond memories.” 

Although they did not advance to the finals this year, the TSA team members were still able to profit from their experience at the national conference. The TSA team hopes to qualify for the 2019 national conference in Washington, D.C.

Editor's Note: The Highlander section features articles written for The Highlander, Gov. Livingston High School's student newspaper.