Ithaca Students Place in Top 10 at National Technology Conference


Ithaca teams earned 13 top-ten finishes at the 39th annual national Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Orlando, Florida. The competition involved nearly 8,000 participants from 49 states and several countries during June 21–25.
The conference offered 65 competitive events ranging from computer animation to extemporaneous speech to CO2-propelled dragster design.
DeWitt Middle School’s Jacob Yoon brought home Ithaca’s biggest prize, taking first place in the Computer Aided Design (CAD) Foundations competitive event. Yoon and more than 80 other competitors were given the task of creating a two-dimensional graphic representation of an engineering part or object using Autodesk Inventor CAD software.
In addition to CAD Foundations, DeWitt Middle School finished in the top ten in the competitive events of STEM Animation, Dragster Design, Technology Bowl Oral, Challenging Technology Issues, and Video Game Design.
The Ithaca High School team took home the second-place trophy in the Music Production competitive event for the second straight year. Team members Matthew Guo, Eli Zhang, Francesca Chu, and Jenny Yoon wrote a song titled “Vision” that represented the conference theme of “defining your future.”
The high school team also won a third-place trophy in the Computer Integrated Manufacturing competitive event. Jacob Silcoff and Tilden Chao designed a smartphone projector using computer manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing and computer-controlled mills, keeping the cost at under five dollars to manufacture.
Ithaca High School boasted an impressive seven total top-ten finishes, rounded out by Structural Design and Engineering, Prepared Presentation, Future Technology Teacher, Technology Bowl Written, and Technology Bowl Oral.
The end of the conference also marked the retirement of DeWitt Middle School advisor Bob Walters and New York State advisor Evie Weinstein from advisor roles in Ithaca TSA. Both advisors had an immeasurable impact on technology students around the community and will always be a part of the Ithaca TSA family.
The teams’ participation in the national competition was made possible by support from the Ithaca City School District, as well as fundraising campaigns organized by the teams and IthacaSTEM Advocates, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative. The teams are already planning and raising funds for next year’s 40th annual national TSA conference in Atlanta, Georgia. To learn more or to donate, visit www.ithacastem.org, www.ipei.org, and www.ihstsa.cf.