FMS Student Tech Association Brings Home Gold...and Silver!
If the success of Frelinghuysen Middle School's first foray into the state-wide Technology Student Association competition is any indication, the school will soon need to greatly expand its trophy case!
In September, a determined group of 20 sixth- through eighth grade students came together to form the school's first Technology Student Association (TSA) club. TSA is a 230,000-student-strong organization spanning 49 states whose mission is to support students engaged in STEM fields through competitions and leadership opportunities.
Under the guidance of Mr. Scheerer, the students met weekly to consider how to best address problems in the areas of engineering, design, construction, and communications. Working independently or in teams, they honed their problem-solving, decision-making and critical thinking skills as they tackled real-world problems that would challenge even the most creative and tech-savvy adults.
The students' hard work and thorough preparation paid off on March 29 when they traveled to the College of NJ to compete against middle schools from throughout the state at the 2017 NJ TSA Conference. There, the team of Audrey Fox, Alexis Feeney, and Ashley Martinez captured first place in the Inventions and Innovations category. Teammate Jacob Fuhr took second place in the Electrical Applications event, and the Falcon's team of Abhay Benoy, Brian LuValle, and Vaughn Hays brought home second-place honors in the Tech Bowl competition. All of these students qualified to compete in the 2017 TSA National competition set for June 21-25 in Orlando, Florida.
"We are extremely proud of the hard work and achievements of all members of the FMS TSA team," said FMS Principal Joseph Uglialoro, "We look forward to following them as they compete in the national competition in June. We know they will again represent our school with great skill, dignity, and pride!"