Blacksburg Middle School students win national TSA competitions in Nashville
Ryan Wells and Sam Teller of Blacksburg Middle School won first place for their Agriculture and Biotechnology research project at the 2012 National Technology Student Association Conference in Nashville, Tenn., on June 21-25.
The students researched designs for microbial fuel cells, which use microorganisms (bacteria) for harvesting electricity from organic waste and renewable biomass. They designed and built a fuel cell that uses microbes to generate electricity as an alternative fossil fuel while at the same time improving the health of our environment.
Wells and Teller were two of several TSA members from the Blacksburg school to earn honors at the national conference, which was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The middle schoolers competed with more than 4,500 students in a variety of competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The conference recognized the technological future of the nation with the theme “The Road to Success.”
Tiger Sun, Jeff Shen, Davis Snider, Jonah Fike, and Kyle Manuel earned third place in the nation for their Video Game Design project. Students used Game Maker to create an electronic video game design called “The Temple of Lost SOL Review” that focused on sixth-grade Standards of Learning tests.
Liam Flad, Michael Xiao, and Tiger Sun earned third place in the nation for their Techno Bowl oral response. Students first completed a written objective examination to qualify for the oral question/response, head-to-head team competition.
Several students were also named Top 10 finalists in various competitions, including: Liam Flad — Technology Bowl (written); Jonathan Joseph — Flight; and Caroline Sallee and Callie Pokorksi (in partnership with E.B. Stanley Middle School and Homan Middle School) — Global Manufacturing.
Blacksburg Middle School TSA students, guided by their chapter adviser Stephanie Crawford, prepared throughout the school year to compete with their peers from across the nation. Students traveled to regional and state competitions before traveling to the national conference.
– Submitted by Stephanie Crawford, Technology Education, Blacksburg Middle School