Disclaimers and Required Documentation

Copyright: All entries must be the original work of the student participant or student team. All ideas, text, images (photos), computer generated, video and/or other), and sounds from other sources must be cited, including anything that is from the public domain. References and resources are to be cited using MLA (Modern Language Association) style, the most current edition. If copyrighted material is used, proper written permission must be included. Failure to follow this procedure will automatically result in disqualification of the students (all projects) and may potentially disqualify the entire chapter from the Texas TSA State Competition.

Minimum Required Documentation

Interdisciplinary Display

The interdisciplinary display encompasses the application of the academic courses (science, math, history, and language arts) through the project method of instruction. The emphasis of this category is on the student’s ability to correlate the academics as they apply to the development and manufacture of a product or the construction of a product. In addition, to the documentation required by the individual units within the technology course, further evidence is needed to specifically address the application of skills acquired in the academic courses.

Drafting

Photography

All photos will use mounting adhesive along the top edge of photograph not to exceed 3/4-inch and be mounted on white typing paper not to exceed 8.5" x 11". No additional matting will be allowed. All photos will be student processed unless otherwise stated.

Printing - Can use either method listed below:

  • Photo is developed by a professional lab, in-store photo lab, or a kiosk film printer in a commercial setting. This includes self-service photo printers in Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
  • Photo is developed by the student in a traditional film processing lab using traditional methods and practices or digitally in the lab, classroom, or home using a printer.

Desktop Publishing/Graphics

Digital Video

Robotics

Project Name No.
Programming to 25 lines (moves) of program maximum. Minimum documentation must include hard copies of codes and 3 to 6 photographs or video (maximum of 5 minutes) of robot in action, or printouts. MP2098
Programming 26 to 50 lines (moves) of program maximum. Minimum documentation must include hard copies of codes and 3 to 6 photographs or video (maximum of 5 minutes) of robot in action or printouts. MP2099
Robot display: must include the robot (may or may not be in working condition), engineering notebook from the contest, photos and/or DVD of the robot in action at actual event. MP2100

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Modeling/Programming

The intent of this area to demonstrate the programming and design aspects only, not actual production, which can be entered under the other classifications. Do not bring produced part.

Computer Numeric Control Manufacturing (CNC/CAM)

Interface

To control lights, motors, switches, or to receive input from switches, sensors, etc. Provide instructions how to operate in documentation.

Energy

Student produced displays or working models that demonstrate extraction or processing of energy. Provide specific instruction on how to operate for judges.

Power

Student produced displays or working models that demonstrate the man-made or natural power sources being used. Provide instructions how to operate in documentation.

Transportation

Student produced displays or working models that demonstrate the man-made or natural power sources being used. Provide instructions how to operate in documentation.

Application of Energy, Power and Transportation

Maximum display size: 3 ft wide x 18 inches deep x 4 ft high unless otherwise specified in rules.

Wood – Individual Entry

One (1) Board Foot (bf) is defined as a piece of wood 12" x 12" x 1" in size, or 144 cubic inches of wood. All Board Feet calculations are AS DISPLAYED. Calculate the total volume of wood in the project based upon cubic inches and divide by 144 to get Board Feet in the project.

Wood – Team Entry

Definition of team product: Two or more students worked on project.

All Board Feet calculations are AS DISPLAYED.

Metal/Acrylic – Individual

Area Calculations are required in documentation.

Metal/Acrylic – Team

Mass Production Entry – Individual

One (1) Board Foot (bf) is defined as a piece of wood 12" x 12" x 1" in size, or 144 cubic inches of wood. All board feet calculations are AS DISPLAYED. Calculate the total volume of wood in the project based upon cubic inches and divide by 144 to get Board Feet in the project.

Definition of mass production project: Board foot calculated on single product only to get correct amount of board foot for correct classification.

Wood

Plastic

Metal

Manufacturing – Turning – Kit – Individual

Manufacturing – Plastics and Resins

Manufacturing – Other Materials

Casting Materials

Precious Metals

Recycled Materials

Combination Materials

Maximum display size: 3 ft. wide x 18 inches deep x 4 ft high.

Construction Technology – Individual/Team

Construction is defined as the technique, skills, and standards used in the construction of a shelter, containment, support, or complex. Students will be demonstrating the application of their knowledge of construction when they enter their project in competition.

Past

All entries must include historical documentation of the feature that the construction represents.

Present

Structure Using Constructing Processes - Without Utilities

Future

Dimensional Materials

Dimensional Materials are sold/described based upon "nominal" measurements. After being milled and dried for sales, the lumber described is no longer the nominal measurement. Example: A 2 x 4 is actually 1.5" x 3.5". Use traditional/standard nominal measurements when calculating board feet.

Restorations - Team/Individual

Restoration: Projects that have been restored to the original condition. Items were originally commercially manufactured. A work history must accompany the entry stating the condition in which the entry was found, parts not reconditioned by the student and other pertinent information as per Rule 9 of the Category Projects Competition Rules. Engines and motors are not included in this classification.

Commercial Model Kits

Theory and Processes as related to Technology Education. Must include manufacturer's assembly instructions.

Integrated Technologies Product Production - Individual

Maximum display size: 3 ft. wide x 18 inches deep x 4 ft high.

Biotechnology

Students must show evidence of the use of the universal system model. Minimum documentation must contain the following; sketches, description of problem, process and outcomes.

Maximum display size: 3 ft. wide x 18 inches deep x 4 ft high.

School Display

Entries may be for exhibit only and awards may or may not be earned as determined by contest judges. Student must tell the contest coordinator if the entry is “For Judging” or “For Display Only” prior to judging. A team must have produced a product or solved a technological problem. Individual projects are not entered in these classifications. The contest director may refuse entry of a school display due to safety or space availability.

Maximum display size: 3 ft. wide x 18 inches deep x 4 ft high.

Safety Poster

Maximum size: 3 ft. wide x 18 inches deep x 4 ft high.

Club T-Shirt

Use of TSA & School Logos allowed.