Students place at National TSA Conference

July 5, 2017

Langham Creek students, from left, Jessica Truong, Rachel Somavarapu, Alicia Benavides and Tiana Smith won a first-place award in the Children’s Stories category of the National TSA Conference in June in Orlando.
Langham Creek students, from left, Jessica Truong, Rachel Somavarapu, Alicia Benavides and Tiana Smith won a first-place award in the Children’s Stories category of the National TSA Conference in June in Orlando. 

July 5, 2017—Students from Langham Creek High School and Smith Middle School brought home awards from the 2017 National Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference, held June 21-25 in Orlando, Fla.

Langham Creek students Alicia Benavides, Tiana Smith, Rachel Somavarapu and Jessica Truong placed first for their STEM-based pop-up book in the Children’s Stories category.

Smith student Sandy Nguyen placed among the top 12 as a national semifinalist in the Children’s Stories category.

Smith Middle School students participate in the National TSA Conference, where Sandy Nguyen finished as a national semifinalist in the Children’s Stories category.
Smith Middle School students participate in the National TSA Conference, where Sandy Nguyen finished as a national semifinalist in the Children’s Stories category. 

The Langham Creek quartet competed against 200-plus books at nationals after placing second in the regional and state competitions. The Lobos chose the topic of metamorphosis to fit the STEM theme for their book titled “Dakota’s Journey.”

The unique book design used a living hinge, with a cover made out of wood with a laser engraver.

“By creating a pattern in the spine of the book of positive and negative space, it allows the wood to bend,” said Jennifer O’Brian, Langham Creek instructor and TSA sponsor. “According to the judges of the event they were the only team to do this with their cover. The girls are all three-year members of TSA and have worked very hard on their project.”

The students read their book at Holmsley and Copeland elementary schools in the spring, as part of the project’s requirements were to read the book to the age group for which it was intended.

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