My son Tristan has been devoting several days a week after school to the Technology Student Association (TSA, I know, but not that TSA!) team at Ithaca High, with the goal of competing at the TSA national conference in Dallas, TX in late June after school gets out. It's a big deal to him and the rest of the kids, since they get to fly to Dallas and stay in a hotel for five days while participating in a wide variety of competitions with 5,000 other students from around the world.
This year, Tristan will be competing in Web design, video game design, a technology trivia contest, parliamentary procedure (Robert's Rules of Order at 20 paces!), and if he can get in, a competition in which he has to write an essay on a particular technology on the spot. Several of these are group projects he has been working on with his friends all winter and spring. He's done pretty well in a few of these events in previous years, and Ithaca has a history of bringing home some awards every year, but it's the overall experience that matters.
If you could donate just a little - even $10 or $20 would be great - to help the Ithaca TSA teams attend, it would mean a lot to me and Tristan. It's really a team thing, since all money raised goes toward defraying the costs for all students equally, since the goal is for everyone on the team to be able to compete, regardless of their financial situation.
The fundraising site, complete with a great video, is at http://bit.ly/1HYE0Md
Thanks so much for the help!