• Madison City TSA Challenge & STEM Fair, Friday, February 17, 2023, 11am to 3:30pm

    To REGISTER: REGISTER by January 31, 2023, or Contact Mrs. Hearrington after 1/31/23, before registering, to make sure there is still room.

    To HELP/Volunteer: Sign-Up Opportunities - Ways to Help for 2/17/23 Event

    Hosted by TSA, LMS students choose from the following nine (9) events to prepare and compete in the February Madison City TSA Challenge & STEM Fair event. Some events are individual events and some are in small teams of 2 or 3. Students may choose one or more events. (However, Flight students will only have time for one other event in addition to their Flight event, unless they choose to do Promotional Marketing or STEM Animation as they are judged asynchronously prior to 2/17/23.) Further event descriptions are on the National TSA website. Registration: $5

    ALL Liberty Middle School students are welcome to participate! You do NOT have to be in a STEM/PLTW class to take the challenge! Challenge yourself!

    We use our club time after school, scheduled class time (if in a STEM or PLTW class), and/or personal time to complete these projects. We start working on them as soon as we choose our event(s). The deadline to complete the main parts of the project and to register for this February event is: January 31, 2023.

    TSA Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in Purple Pod, 112, with Mrs. Hearrington, ext. 83112. Meeting attendance is OPTIONAL for February 17 Event participants, but they DO need to register at the link above to secure their spot. There are limited slots for each event.

    Moms/Dads/Families, we need event volunteers and judges, so if you would like to help supervise an area or judge any of these events (especially if you have experience with these career areas!), please let Mrs. Hearrington know. There are scoring rubrics to follow so you do not have to be an expert. Most judges will arrive at 11:30am and be done by 3pm. Sign-Up Opportunities - Ways to Help for 2/17/23 Event  

    Open House for the STEM Fair for parents/family/non-event students is from 2:30pm to 3pm in the LMS cafeteria.

    The Optional Awards Ceremony is from 3pm to 3:30pm in the LMS Gym.

    Can't make it on 2/17 but want to help? Promotional Marketing and STEM Animation are virtually judged between Feb. 1 and Feb. 16, so you do not have to be present to help with those events.

    Volunteers are needed in other areas as well, e.g. bringing in drinks and snacks for the judges, serving pizza, supervision, hosting the registration table, providing swag as thank you gifts for the judges, etc. Sign-Up Opportunities - Ways to Help for 2/17/23 Event  


    Joy Hearrington jhearrington@madisoncity.k12.al.us

    256-430-0001, extension 83112

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    February 17, 2023 Events to Choose From (You may choose more than one.)

    1. Career Prep

    Individual students select a career from one (1) of the following Career Clusters: Architecture & Construction; Health Sciences; Human Services; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security. Students research the chosen career in one of these clusters, prepare a resume, and participate in a mock interview.

    2. Challenging Tech Issues 
     
    In teams of two (2), students prepare debate style pros and cons on the following topics: Autonomous Vehicles, Biometric Recognition (e.g., facial, temporal, fingerprint, etc.), Cloud Computing, Robotic Technology Surgery, and Wearable Technology (e.g., watches, rings, glasses, etc.). ONE of these topics will be chosen at the event for the team to prepare 15 minutes then debate.
     
    3. Children's Stories

    Individual students or teams of two (2) create a children's book promoting leadership and perseverance to kindergarten through 2nd grade students. They field test the book, present it to the judges, and answer judges' questions.

    4. Coding                                    

    In teams of two (2), students prepare for coding challenges using Scratch.mit.edupossible challenges A preliminary test occurs before this event. At the event, students work with their teammate to solve the Scratch challenge chosen for them by the judges. More Coding Practice Tests: https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/quiz/computer-coding/quiz-yourself-on-scratch/ and https://quizlet.com/subject/test-scratch-programming/ Go to "Scratch programing Advance blocks"
     
    5. Flight   
     
    Participants submit a documentation portfolio and fabricate a glider designed to stay in flight for the greatest elapsed time. Semifinalists use their technical drawing skills to construct a glider that is flown onsite.

    6. Inventions & Innovations         

    In teams of three (3), students use the design process to create a device that will make daily life easier. Participants document their work in an interactive display and the creation of a model/prototype. Semifinalists deliver a presentation about their work and participate in an interview.

    7.  Off the Grid          

    Individual students OR teams of 2 OR teams of 3, use the design process to design a home in a forest biome (any country in a forest biome), for a family of 4 with 3 generations living in the home, e.g. mom, dad, kid, grandparent; no access to power grid, house needs a renewable energy source, vegetation gardening system for food production, and solve one (1) problem that is specific to the area. Participants conduct research on a sustainable architectural design for the home in a country not their own. Participants produce a portfolio and create a display and a model. Semifinalists present their design and participate in an interview.
     
    8. Promotional Marketing   

    Individual students create and submit a marketing portfolio and required elements that address the annual theme/problem. Semifinalists complete a layout and design assignment for evaluation.          

    2023 Theme: College students are attending a college fair.  Your challenge is to create promotional materials used to encourage them to pursue a career in STEM/Technology Education. Your promotional toolkit (required elements) needs to include the following three items. Printable: Design a tri-fold brochure; Wearable: A tote bag that can be used to carry promotional materials; Digital Signage: Short video (1 ½ - 2 minutes) to be shown at the career fair booth.

    9. STEM Animation     

    Teams of two (2) design and create a STEM animation video and documentation/portfolio to address the annual theme/problem. Semifinalists present their animation and explain the elements of their portfolio/entry.
     
    2023 Theme:  The Sun, Moon, Planets, and Stars: Patterns of Apparent Motion
     
     
    It's not too late to take part, so please discuss your interest with Mrs. Hearrington in Purple Pod, 112. All projects and event registrations are due by January 31, 2023.

     


    WHAT IS TSA? 

    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 more than 250,000 middle and high school students across the United 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. A wide range of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student.


    Chapters

    TSA chapters take the study of STEM beyond the classroom and give students the chance to pursue academic challenges among friends with similar goals and interests. Together, chapter members work on competitive events, attend conferences on the state and national levels, and learn and apply leadership skills. Members may become officers within their state and then run for national office. 

    At Liberty Middle School, our TSA Chapter has two parts: the STEM Club, which runs as a traditional TSA chapter, and the TSA VEX IQ Robotics team that focuses on robotics events.


    Competitions

    Imagine an activity so captivating that your students spend hours working on it for weeks at a time. That is what can happen when TSA members engage in TSA competitions. Only TSA members have the opportunity to compete at exciting state conferences and then at the annual National TSA Conference. Expert judging by technology and engineering educators and industry representatives inspires the best from participants. Members are rewarded not only with medals or trophies, but also with memories of the camaraderie and the challenge of participating in a National TSA Conference. TSA competitions include categories such as Biotechnology Design, Career Prep, Coding, Digital Photography, Dragster Design, Flight, Leadership Strategies, Medical Technology, Prepared Presentation, Software Development, Technology Problem Solving, Video Game Design, Webmaster, and much more.

     
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    TSA State Leadership Conference, Montgomery, Alabama - April 18 & 19, 2023

     
    Students who wish to participate in the same or other TSA events that are not at the Madison TSA Challenge & STEM Fair will have the option to compete at the state leadership event. Registration is $50, other costs include transportation, meals, and lodging for two overnights (and Membership in LMS TSA: $30, if not already paid in the fall).
     
     
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    TSA National Leadership Conference, Louisville, Kentucky - June 28 - July 2, 2023

     
    Students who place at State will have the option to compete in the national leadership event. It will be a family-led trip for individual students with their families. Registration is usually $50, other costs include transportation, meals, and lodging for however many nights parent and student will choose to stay at the national conference. It is possible to go to the conference for just the day of the student's event. Mrs. Hearrington will assist in coordination with TSA National for families to register, but will not be chaperoning this conference. Individual families will determine their travel arrangements and chaperone their student at the national conference.

  • When does TSA meet?

    Meetings for each school year begin the first Thursday after Labor Day in September and run through April for state competitions and June for national competitions.

    This year, TSA STEM will also have a Madison competition against Discovery Middle School students at Liberty Middle in the gym, cafeteria, and media center on February 17, 2023 from 11am to 3:30pm.

    TSA STEM meets Tuesday AND Thursday afternoons, 3:30 - 4:15pm with Mrs. Hearrington. (Depending on the event, one day a week may suffice for preparation or you may work on your event entirely at home. Just make sure to check in monthly with Mrs. Hearrington about your progress.)

    TSA VEX Robotics meets Tuesday & Thursday afternoons 3:30 - 4:30pm with Mr. Kennedy.


     

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  • TSA Events Calendar 22-23

    • September 2022 - Start of STEM Club Meetings, Thursdays

    • October 2022 - Both TSA STEM Club and Robotics Meet Tuesdays and Thursdays to work on projects and practice

    • February 17, 2023 - Madison City TSA Challenge & STEM Fair (Liberty MS v. Discovery MS) - @ Liberty Middle in Cafeteria, Gym, & Media Center (Friday, Feb. 17, 11am to 3:30pm)

    • April 18-19, 2023 - Tuesday, Wednesday, TSA State Leadership Conference (optional) competing against other TSA chapters in AL - Montgomery

    • April 27, 2023 - Thursday, end of year TSA Party for club members and February competition participants, Awards Celebration

    • June 28 - July 2, 2023 - TSA National Conference "A Legacy of Innovation" - Louisville, KY

      (Nationals is only attended if students who place at the state level (in Montgomery) would like to pursue further competition and attend with their families.)

  • LIBERTY TSA EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

    President: Ethan V.

    Vice President: Cayden S.

    Secretary/Treasurer: Liam S.

    Sergeant At Arms: TBD

    If you would like to direct the activities of the club or help out in planning and organizing things for TSA, consider serving with our officers on committees. If interested, please see or email Mrs. Hearrington, Purple Pod 112, jhearrington@madisoncity.k12.al.us.

    ALABAMA TSA STATE CONFERENCE ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY THE LIBERTY CHAPTER

    2022-23

    Will your name be here?   Join us Tuesdays and Thursdays in Purple Pod, 112, from 3:30-4:15pm and prepare to place in a competition!

    Choose your event(s) for the State competition at tsaweb.org.

    If you wish to remain local and only compete in February against Discovery MS, then choose from the nine events posted on the left column under February 2023 Events to Choose From.

    Prior Years

    • V. Hardy - 3rd Place, Digital Photography (MS), 2022
    • A. Naphade - 3rd Place, Essays on Technology (MS), 2022
    • A. Naphade, V. Hardy, T. Parker, & D. Hsu - 3rd Place, Video Game Design (MS), 2022
    • S. Mudium & A. Bellamkomda - State Champions (1st Place), Challenging Technology Issues, 2021
    • H. Irwin - State Champion (1st Place), Prepared Speech, 2021
    • R. Terrell - 2nd Place, Children's Stories, 2021

    NATIONAL TSA CONFERENCE ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY THE LIBERTY CHAPTER

    • S. Mudium & A. Bellamkomda - 2nd Place, National, Challenging Technology Issues, 2021

     


  • To Join in Order to Compete in APRIL Event only

    Complete this form and bring a check for annual dues of $30.

    Make check out to LMS for $30 or your can pay online at this link.

    If you are paying by check, please bring the check to the club meeting or put it in Mrs. Hearrington's mailbox in the front office.