About TSA

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) made up of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Open to students enrolled in or who have completed STEM, engineering technology education, IT, and/or computer science courses, TSA’s membership includes over 233,000 middle and high school students in approximately 2,000 schools spanning 49 states. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities and much more. The diversity of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence on their lives.

Imagine an activity so captivating that students spend hours working on it after school for weeks at a time. That’s what happens when TSA members engage in TSA’s competitions. Only TSA members have the opportunity to compete at exciting regional, state and the annual National Conference. Expert judging by technology educators and industry representatives inspires the best from participants. Members are rewarded not only with medals, plaques or trophies, but also with memories of the camaraderie and the challenge of a TSA conference.

The Kentucky Technology Student Association (KYTSA) is also the ONLY approved CTSO aligned to Engineering, IT, Computer Science, and other STEM program of studies. As a CTSO our schools have access to Perkins fund to help offset the cost of competitions and conferences. Kentucky is graduating more post-secondary STEM students from than ever before and it is programs like TSA that expose our middle/high school students to STEM careers. KYTSA Students learn what it takes to succeed in the career world and are exposed to employability skills needed in the workforce.

DID YOU KNOW: TSA is the fastest growing CTSO in Kentucky? Find out why by joining today!



The Technology Student Association (TSA) provides student members the opportunity to explore a wide variety of (science, technology, engineering, and math) STEM career interest areas.


All 70 TSA middle school and high school competitions are correlated with national STEM standards and can be integrated into and enhance STEM curriculum. Participation in TSA competitions allows TSA members to apply technology and engineering skills in challenging and innovative ways.  Working individually or as a team, student members are motivated by the inspiration and enthusiasm gained from being recognized for the successful application of those skills.   

Red Chapter Affiliation Program (Red CAP)

A chapter affiliates up to ten members by paying a flat fee (additional members may be added during the year for a fee). 

The membership fee for Red CAP is $100 at the national level plus $60 state dues.

White Chapter Affiliation Program (White CAP)

A chapter affiliates eleven or more members by paying a per member White CAP fee for state and national dues.  

The membership fee for White CAP is $10 per member at the national level plus $6 state dues.

Blue Chapter Affiliation Program (Blue CAP)

A chapter affiliates an unlimited number of members in a school for a flat fee (typically effective when there are more than 25 members). This option is popular in chapters where students rotate through a STEM class for a portion of the year to enable all students to be members.  

The membership fee for Blue CAP is $350 at the national level plus $150* state dues. 

*Blue CAP state rate is $50 if you affiliate by 11/15/19 and roster ALL current students in your program into the TSA system. 

Mission Statement

The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs.

Our Motto

"Learning To Lead In A Technical World"

The TSA Creed

I believe that Technology Education holds an important place in my life in the technical world. I believe there is a need for the development of good attitudes concerning work, tools, materials, experimentation, and processes of industry. Guided by my teachers, artisans from industry, and my own initiative, I will strive to do my best in making my school, community, state, and nation better places in which to live. I will accept the responsibilities that are mine. I will accept the theories that are supported by proper evidence. I will explore on my own for safer, more effective methods of working and living. I will strive to develop a cooperative attitude and will exercise tact and respect for other individuals. Through the work of my hands and mind, I will express my ideas to the best of my ability. I will make it my goal to do better each day the task before me, and to be steadfast in my belief in my God, and my fellow Americans.


Mark Harrell - KYTSA State Advisor

Mark Harrell is the Engineering Consultant & KYTSA State Advisor within the Office of Career and Technical Education at the Kentucky Department of Education. Since graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Technology Education he has made it his mission to prepare K-12 students for the STEM workforce. Mark started his career teaching students the value of life-long STEM learning at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, KY. The opportunity arose to teach at Franklin County Career-Tech Center and he built one of the top Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering Pathways in KY. During his time in Franklin County he transitioned to District STEM Coordinator before accepting a position at PLTW. He spent three years as the Director of School Engagement working with schools in Kentucky and Tennessee to implement and sustain their PLTW programs. Mark has a master’s degree in Career and Technical Education Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a current resident of Frankfort, KY and is married to Erin Harrell with two children Treyton and Elliotte.


Kentucky Department of Education
300 Sower Blvd - 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 564-4286, ext. 4227
Twitter: @Harrell_STEM 


Andy Stephenson - KYTSA State Coordinator

Andy Stephenson is the KYTSA State Coordinator within the Office of Career and Technical Education at the Kentucky Department of Education. Andy graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts Education in 1982 and obtained his Master of Science in Industrial Technology Education in 1989, again from Eastern Kentucky University. He has dedicated his career to preparing students to be creative problem solvers, critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Andy began his career teaching students at Monticello High School in Wayne County KY. In 1988 Andy moved to Clark County and developed a recognized Technology Education program at Conkwright & Clark Middle Schools. During this time Andy became involved Professionally with KIEA/KATEA & ITEEA, the state and national association representing and providing professional development opportunities for Technology Education teachers. He has served various positions in both organizations including President of both associations. Andy then taught seven years at Scott County High School before moving to Southside Technical Center in Fayette county and developed a unique 8thgrade pre-engineering program that became a feeder program to the Fayette County Career and Technical programs. Also, he has been deeply involved with TSA as a local advisor, national event coordinator and since 2012 an event manager on the national TSA CRC. Andy most recently served as the Virginia TSA State Advisor for 5 years. He is a current resident of Winchester, KY and is married to Laura Stephenson with two children and three grandchildren.


Kentucky Department of Education 

300 Sower Blvd - 5th Floor 

Frankfort, KY 40601


(502) 564-4286, ext. 4246