• The following was a collaborative event between Discovery MS and Liberty MS to build momentum for our TSA clubs. Liberty will not be participating in this event this year (2024) but will be directly preparing for these projects to compete them at the April 16-17, 2024 TSA State Leadership Conference in Montgomery.

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

    Hosted by TSA, LMS students chose from the following nine (9) events to prepare and competed in the February Madison City TSA Challenge & STEM Fair event. Some events were individual events and some were in small teams of 2 or 3. Students chose one or more events in which to participate. Simplified descriptions of each event are below and further event descriptions are on the National TSA website. 

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    Liberty Middle School Winners of the 2023 TSA Challenge & STEM Fair

    Career Prep: Harshtha C., 3rd Place

    Challenging Technology Issues: Joel Y. & Joseph L., 3rd Place

    Coding - LMS Swept This Category!

    Cayden S. & Liam S., 1st Place  

    Caleb W. & Joshua H., 2nd Place  

    Emmett A. & Logan H., 3rd Place

    Inventions & Innovations - LMS Swept This Category!

    Eleri S. & Nathan O., 1st Place

    Raniyah A., Bella F., Devin F., Brady R., 2nd Place

    Kriti A., Tommy B., Miles S., Josh G., 3rd Place

    Off the Grid - LMS Swept This Category!

    Joel Y., 1st Place

    Kayla S., 2nd Place

    Isaac D., 3rd Place

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    We used our club time after school, scheduled class time (if in a STEM or PLTW class), and/or personal time to complete these projects. The deadline to complete the main parts of the project and to register for this February event was: January 31, 2023. 

    Want to do something similar? You can still choose from these 9 and others! There are over 35 TSA events to choose from and participate in at our next conference, Tues. & Wed., April 16 and 17, 2024 at the Montgomery Convention Center.

    TSA will meet select Fridays during the 23-24 school year in Purple Pod, 112, with Mrs. Hearrington, ext. 83112 from 3:30pm to 4:15pm. There are limited slots for each event so think about the top five that you would like to do. Some events are individual and some are with partners (we can help you find partners). We choose one event for Day 1 of the conference and one event for Day 2 of the conference.

    Joy Hearrington jhearrington@madisoncity.k12.al.us

    256-430-0001, extension 83112

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TSA Challenge & STEM Fair

  • February 17, 2023 Events 

    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