More than 800 middle- and high-school students will have a chance to show off some high-tech skills when they gather at Missouri Southern in April.

It’s the result of an agreement between the university and Missouri’s Technology Student Association (TSA) that will bring the TSA State Conference to campus.

“We have been involved with TSA since 2013,” said Dr. Elke Howe, chair of Missouri Southern’s Engineering Technology Department. “We’ve hosted the regional conference on campus, and are very excited and honored to have the opportunity to host the state conference in 2019.”

MSSU and Missouri TSA officials signed the contract on Dec. 6. The state conference will be held April 14-16.

Students will take part in more than 60 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related competitions – including leadership, communication, bio, medical, programming and robotics and multimedia events.

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