State Officer Blog: Get Involved!

Get Involved!

There are many things that I look forward to at the beginning of the TSA season. There is that new energy and sense of optimism regarding competitive events, but there are also new opportunities to make a difference in the community. Being engaged and involved in my community is one of my favorite aspects of TSA.

I enjoy mentoring students in robotics and other STEM related subjects that I am proud to help organize in my community. In the fall and winter, my chapter goes to a local elementary school and runs a robotics program for fifth graders. There the elementary students are given a challenge that they must complete, and over a four-week period, they design a robot that must complete a variety of tasks. For the fifth graders, this is not only their first exposure to robotics but also the first time that they hear about TSA, which they will have the opportunity to participate in the following year.

However, my most favorite community service event to organize takes place in the spring. For the last three years, I have been organizing my school district’s First Lego League Jr. expo, an event that culminates with all of the teams bringing their LEGO model and poster to a local elementary school. There the teams are judged by members of my TSA chapter, and they have the opportunity to interact with members of my school’s FRC team through a variety of robotic demonstrations. While these students, who are in grades K-3, still have a couple of years until they can participate in TSA, they develop a life-long passion for Science and Engineering, that hopefully stay with them well into the future.

This fall, I encourage each and every chapter, whether you do some sort of community service or not, to realize all the opportunities that TSA has given us and to engage in service to others. Whether that means participating in a Relay for Life, mentoring students, or working with elderly, TSA has given us the skills to make a real difference in our communities.

Sincerely,

Julian Ginzburg, PA-TSA Secretary