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AREA Schools compete in TSA event

It was no regular day at school for dozens of high school students taking part last week in the annual Technology Student Association Regional Competition at Daniel Boone High School.
Students from several area high schools, including both Boone and David Crockett high schools, spent Feb. 9 competing in a wide variety of technological events.
In one category, teams built robots to gather balls from a specified area and deliver them to another area.
“They all got the same materials to build with,” said Guy McAmis, Crockett’s TSA advisor. “They had to come up with their own design that would work best.”
For the first-place team of Travis Campbell and Jeff Harris, both seniors at Crockett, the competition was the culmination of a lot of hard work.
“We stayed after a lot and worked real hard to build this,” Campbell said. “I had built one before so we just kind of redesigned this one.”
In his second year of TSA, Campbell uses his experiences with the school organization to better prepare him for his future career.
“I want to go into engineering,” Campbell said. “Probably mechanical or computer engineering.”
Campbell also was among approximately 20 students to compete in the technical problem solving category, where two-person teams were asked to create something that would keep a marble in motion, without touching it, for the longest period of time.
Teams were all given the same materials to work with to accomplish the goal. They were allotted a significant amount of time to devise and create their plan before they had to show judges how it worked.
Boone seniors John Hall and Will Bledsoe were among the students competing in the problem solving event. They meticulously measured and cut their materials, focusing on the use of a paper cup to keep the marble in motion.
Next to them, fellow Boone students Courtney Shell and Katie Edwards seemed to come up with a completely different contraption to make their marble move.
In a nearby room, architectural models of museums made their way to center stage.
There, teams were given the task of building a model of a museum.
“We had to draw a 3-D model on the computer and then we had to create it to scale,” sad Sara Shipley, a sophomore at Crockett. “We think we did fairly well.”
If the museum model scored well enough, Shipley and her three teammates will move on to the state level of competition in March in Pigeon Forge.
For those succeeding at TSA competition on the state level, the national competition will take place in June in Texas.
About 15 students total from Boone and Crockett typically go to nationals each year. Currently, more than 30 Crockett students and 25 Boone students are members of the TSA program.
Competitions were also held in several other categories last week, including dragster design and video game design.