Missouri Southern was home to more than 800 middle- and high-school students this spring during the 2019 Missouri TSA (Technology Student Association) State Conference.

The three-day event – held April 14-16 – featured more than 60 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competitions.

“Many of our professors and students – as well as those in other departments – committed their time to participate as judges, provide demonstrations and conduct tours,” said Dr. Elke Howe, chair of the Engineering Technology Department.

The university has been involved with TSA since 2013, and has hosted the regional conference numerous times. This was the first year the university hosted the state competition, however.

The Technology Student Association is recognized as the Career and Technology Student Association exclusively dedicated to students interested in STEM fields. TSA allows students to demonstrate and expand their high-tech knowledge and skills. It also offers students opportunities to participate in leadership activities that will prepare them for the high tech, science or engineering workplace.