The New Mexico Technology Student Association, managed through New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering, is the science, technology, engineering and mathematics career technical student organization for the state. NMSU hosted this year’s hybrid NM TSA conference March 11-12. A hybrid awards ceremony will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19 in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 194, and on Zoom.
Christian Isley from Chevron will be the keynote speaker at the event, which can be seen at https://nmsu.zoom.us/j/97924875247.
More than 80 students from middle and high school chapters across the state showcased their projects and practiced leadership through more than 20 different STEM competitions. Schools in attendance include Chaparral High School, Cloudcroft High School, Gadsden High School, Pecos Cyber Academy, Rio Grande High School, Santa Teresa High School, School of Dreams Academy and Volcano Vista High School.
“This was the first conference with in-person competitions since 2019 and the first hybrid conference ever. We plan to continue to offer hybrid options for the foreseeable future, to support schools and students no matter where they are located in the state,” said Clara Welles, NMSU STEM program manager and TSA state adviser. “TSA provides students with opportunities for career-based learning that contributes to a skilled workforce in New Mexico.”
As a national career and technical student organization, TSA provides affiliated schools with more than 73 intra-curricular career-based projects for middle- and high-school students and a virtual leadership curriculum. Student members complete standards-based experiential projects to build the necessary skills and knowledge to compete at the annual state leadership conference with the chance to advance to the national conference in Dallas in June. Competitions span many different career clusters including architecture, arts and audio and visual technology, marketing, education, health sciences, engineering and information technology.
Interested schools are encouraged to affiliate with NM TSA to gain access to this invaluable program. To affiliate with any career and technical student organization, schools pay national and state dues each year. Visit https://nmtsa.com for more information.