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Desktop Publishing - Participants (one per state) develop a portfolio of materials during the current school year. The portfolio includes a tri-fold pamphlet, a three-column newsletter, and a poster. All participants then work to solve an on-site problem that demonstrates their abilities to use the computer to design, edit, and print materials for publication.

Film/Video Technology - Participants develop a film/video that focuses on a subject of their choice from one or more of the following areas: the arts, social studies, science, or the technology. Possible subjects include but are not limited to social study documentaries, nature films, advertisements, comedies, or dramas. Sound may accompany the film/video.

Manufacturing Prototype - Participants (two per chapter) design and manufacture a prototype of a product and provide a description of how the product could be manufactured in a state-of-the-art American industry

.R C Transportation - TSA participants (one team of two members) design, fabricate, test, and demonstrate the use of a radio controlled vehicle that collects and distributes one fluid ounce plastic condiment cups, such as the SOLO 100 during a five (5) minute demonstration.

SciVis - Participants in SciVis develop visualization focusing on a subject or topic from one one or more of the following areas: technology, engineering, science, mathematics, social studies, or the arts.

Structural Engineering - TSA teams (one team of two members per chapter) construct a model of the selected structure to be destructively tested to determine design efficiency.

System Control Technology - Participants (one team of three members per state) are given a problem, typically one in an industrial setting, that requires them to develop a computer-controlled model-solution on site. Working as teams, they analyze the problem, build a computer-controlled mechanical model, program the model, explain the features of their solution, and leave instructions for evaluators to operate the device.

Technology Challenge - TSA participants (one team of two members per chapter) are challenged to design, fabricate, and demonstrate the application and control of mechanical, fluid, and electrical power by designing a device to demonstrate the application of power and energy principles. A Rube Goldberg device that directs a golf ball form release to an electrical switch is used to demonstrate the application device. Evaluation is based upon upon exact one-minute duration from release to activation of the light; application of mechanical, fluid, and electrical energy principles; and craftsmanship.

Medical Technologies- Medicine and related medical fields continue to spread their impact on all or our daily lives. This unit explores some of those fundamental medical practices and implications.

Agricultural & Biotechnologies - The scope of technology has an ever-widening influence over agriculture adn biotechnology fields. This unit will begin the study of those technologies.


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