Joplin, MO (SNS) – Nearly 80 area students are expected to compete in the annual MSSU Regional TSA Conference on Friday, Feb. 26, at Missouri Southern State University.

Hosted by Missouri Southern’s Engineering Technology Department, the event will feature students in grades six through 12 competing in a wide range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) categories. Competition categories will include Technology Problem Solving, Humanoid Robotic Dance, Debating Technology Issues, Technology Bowl and Structural Engineering.

The main events will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Billingsly Student Center.

TSA, the Technology Student Association, is recognized as the only Career and Technology Student Association exclusively dedicated to students interested in STEM fields. It 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.

Students competing in the event may advance to the state conference for a chance to compete at the national conference, to be held June 28-July 2 in Nashville, Tenn.