On Saturday our newly formed Technology Student Association chapters at GMS competed in a flight challenge and a Career Preparation challenge. We have been preparing for these competitions since October and even with missing many meetings due to inclement weather the students put in the extra time needed to get the job done. TSA is an extremely competitive organization and for our first year I was very pleased with our results.
Austin Payne placed 3rd in this competition earning a spot to compete at Technosphere, the Virginia TSA State Competition that will be held a the Richmond Convention Center May 2-4, 2014.
The flight challenge was tough this year and had over 20 entries. To compete in the Flight challenge students must design and construct a balsa wood glider and prepare a notebook with general information about their glider. Our students gave it their best and Austin Payne finished 7th, Connor Speight finished 9th and Hunter Clark placed 10th. James DeLoach also competed in the flight competition and probably built the best glider there. Unfortunately, during testing that day, some parts broke that affected his glider’s performance and knocked him out of the top ten ranking.
All of these students worked very hard and will continue to work hard as we prepare for our next competitive event in May. Also, big thanks to their families for supporting our TSA chapter and spending most of their Saturday with us at Glen Allen High School.