Pa. school districts converge on Selinsgrove Area High School for annual tech event

Feb. 3—SELINSGROVE — Selinsgrove Area School District students, along with 14 other school districts across the state, were eager to show off their creations during the 2024 Region Seven Technology Student Association annual event on Saturday.

Students presented their special projects to tech experts for judging at the event held at Selinsgrove Area High School.

Region 7 stems from the middle of the state up to the top of the state.

According to Jonathan Jarrett, Selinsgrove Area High School technical education teacher, the event is big deal for students.

"There is a lot going on through the day," he said.

He said there is a wide range of events for students to show off their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

One of the events was students who created race cars and dragsters and that made Selinsgrove 8th grade students, Brayden Gardner, 13, Olivia Robbins, 13, and Andrew Pysher, 13, happy.

"I learned a lot and had a lot of trial and error," Gardner said while looking over the race car he created. "I had some issues with wiring and had to really stop and think but I was able to figure it out."

Pysher agreed.

"There were times were it was difficult and I had to start and stop and think," he said.

Both students said it took weeks before they were happy with their creations.

For Robbins, she wanted to build something different, so she created a solar sprint aerodynamic monstrosity, which was powered off solar power.

"It's built backwards," Robbins said. "This took a lot of time but I had a good time learning and seeing what worked and what didn't."

Students made presentations in graphic design, video production, music production, and anything that deals with technology and problem solving, Jarrett said.

With hundreds of students roaming the hallways, Gardner said he was just excited to be part of the event.

"It's a lot of fun and I was looking forward to this."

The Technology Student Association promotes technology education in the school, community, state and nation, according to the organization.