Two Alvarado High School students finished in the top 10 in an event at the 29th Annual National Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference in Nashville last month.

David Crowder and Josh Ogg finished in seventh place in the structural engineering contest.

For this contest, students had to design, construct and test their model structure.

The structure this year was a beam bridge frame. Students had to construct the structure with materials provided in an allotted amount of time and then the structures are destructively tested.

They were in competition with over 180 schools nationwide, plus schools from Germany and Peru.

Ogg paired with another AHS TSA member, Nate Lewis, to compete against about 185 other teams in the technology problem solving contest.

This contest consists of the brainstorming, design, construction, preliminary testing, modifications and final testing to a stated problem.

Students were given a list of tools to bring to the contest, assorted consumable supplies and a problem to solve in an allotted amount of time.

Unfortunately, Lewis and Ogg ran out of time and were unable to finish in the top ten.

While staying at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, students also participated in the Texas Delegation Meetings and general sessions. Other activities at this year's event included special interest sessions and the annual TSA business meeting, where national officer elections were conducted.

TSA again partnered with The American Cancer Society (ACS) for its National Service Project and conference attendees had the opportunity to take part in the TSA/ACS Rely for Life walk.

TSA is a 150,000-member organization. Nearly 2,500 TSA technology teachers conduct TSA chapter programs in 47 states. The organization's goal is to promote technological literacy and leadership.

Students learn problem-solving, decision-making and critical thinking skills as they relate to communications, power, energy, transportation, engineering, manufacturing, construction and biotechnology.

For information about the 2007 Technology Student Association national conference, visit the Web site