Technology Solutions Competition
Sustainable Technology Solutions Competition
Date: December 3, 2020
Time: 5 - 8 pm
Location: TCAT Smyrna | 663 Ken Pilkerton Dr, Smyrna, TN 37167
By participating in the Sustainable Technology Solutions Competition students will have the opportunity to come together, innovate and solve real-world challenges that impact our community and our planet.
- be challenged to think critically
- utilize science and math skills
- discover connections between technology and design
- solve real-world problems
- work in teams to strengthen collaborative and social skills
This competition serves to grow interest in tech careers and to more specifically, attract non-traditional middle school students into the technology careers pipeline through high school CTE Networking, Cyber Security, and Computer Science Pathways with subsequent enrollment into college and career tracks in the fields of Information Technology, Computer Science and Computer Engineering.
How Do I Get Started?
1. Build A Team - Teams must consist of at least six (6) students and have a teacher as a sponsor. This competition is open to all 6-8 grade students across Rutherford County.
2. Pick A Problem - Identify a problem based on the theme that is revealed on October 1.
3. Make A Plan - Rely on the diverse skills of your team to find a creative and innovative tech solution to the selected problem. Your solution can be a concept or a prototype.
4. Pitch Your Idea - Bring your A-game and pitch your solution to our panel of judges in a Shark Tank style competition.
5. Win Big - Participants will compete for awards, cash prizes and the grand trophy!
The Big Reveal!
For the 2019 STS Competition, middle schools students are challenged to solve an environmental problem facing their community in Tennessee
According to a new study released by the Tennessee Department of Economic Development in January 2019, the Nashville Metropolitan area has seen a 35% increase in the number of jobs created in the tech services career cluster. Nashville’s average annual wages for this industry cluster is $90,706 is 67% above the metro area’s average wage for all industries.
It is estimated that across the United States, 1.8 million tech jobs will go unfilled by 2024. Why? Because not enough students are studying in a tech services related pathway or program of study.