07-14-2002, 04:49 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Whitefield, NH
Concierge Level: 7
Re: Elitch Gardens, Denver
TSA is Technology Students Association - they form groups at their middle and high schools and work on all different kinds of engineering, public speaking, and other problems during the year as an extracurricular, then go to regional and state competitions in the spring. The lucky state finalists are invited to go to the national competition. This is also where they hold campaigning and elections for national office - it is highly organized - in fact, one competition is on Parliamentary procedure - but great fun.
This year they had almost 4000 students competing at the Adam's Mark Hotel. My daughter competed in Flight Challenge (building gliders),Technical Problem Solving, and Technical Design Challenge(drafting). This was her first year in TSA. She loves it. Her goal is to work for NASA, and participate in the 2020 Mission to Mars. She is well on her way - She gets Most Outstanding Student in Science and Mathmatics every year. Needless to say, I'm very proud of her, and she still likes to have her Mom around, which I hear is rather unusual for thirteen year olds, I'm dreading the day!
Thanks again for the entertainment info - you were right on!