July 15, 2019
July 15, 2019—Bridgeland High School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) architecture team placed fifth in the nation at the National TSA Conference held June 28 – July 2 in Washington D.C.
The team consisting of upcoming juniors Ethan Hajdik, Kaylee Ngitit and Zachary Taylor, and upcoming senior Evelyn Huerta, was tasked with designing a sustainable structure that would be able to be used in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Their design earned high praise from judges for its versatility and the idea that it could be used for multiple purposes, including disaster housing or a temporary hospital.
“To see this team put in the work that they did and watching it proposer all the way to nationals was really inspiring,” said John Simmons, Bridgeland High School’s TSA advisor. “As a teacher, seeing the students succeed meant the world.”
Designing the structure was just one small part of the competition. At the beginning of each year, teams receive a prompt and students must try and find the best solution to solve the problem. The team drew plans, filled out multiple documents and even met with an architecture firm to round out the project.
In order to qualify for the national competition, the four-student team had to place in the top three at regionals and top five in the state. The Bridgeland TSA architecture team earned first at both competitions. The national competition had teams from 48 states and two countries.
TSA is a national association of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Membership includes over 250,000 students across the country. To learn more about TSA, visit their website.