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intro24's avatar

How to raise student interest?

Asked by intro24 (1399 points ) December 14th, 2010

Ok so I’m looking for some creative ways to get students in my school interested in TSA (Technology Student Association). Membership is looking a bit low this year and we need a way to bring in students that may not even know about the organization. Also, any time-tested traditional methods of gaining members would be appreciated too.

http://www.tsaweb.org/

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7 Answers

marinelife's avatar

Are there any computer bulletin boards for your campus? Putting a notice up there would be a good way to get tech minded students attention. Likewise, local tech forums.

intro24's avatar

It’s a high school by the way. So not really but something like that would work

marinelife's avatar

Oh, OK, for high school, how about asking the student newspaper to run an mention of the club and what it’s about?

Put a notice up in the computer lab or ask the teacher that monitors the lab to mention the next meeting.

perspicacious's avatar

First you have to get the word out that your organization exists. Set up a table in the hallway (if the school will let you) to increase awareness, invite new members. Give away a freebie—people love that.

Zaku's avatar

Rename it “Computer Game Club” or “LAN Party”. ;->

Seriously, though, I find the name and the web page unclear about what it is and what it’s like.

Also, this section scares me:
“Motto & Creed
Technology Student Association members are true champions of their motto and creed.”
WTH? What is the motto, or the creed? I am afraid!

Then:
“150,000 middle and high school students nationwide aspire to be future engineers, scientists and technologists through the Technology Student Association.”
Uh… ok, sounds like an army, or invitation to the industrial force to support one. How about saying how it’s fun and interesting and you get to explore whatever you are interested in technology and science, and will not be subjected to annoying messages about future careers, or dogma (er, creed or motto).

Ya, back to Motto & Creed: why is there a (not shown) motto or creed? I’m highly suspicious of that. Science and technology are interesting when you get to find out about, and play with, interesting ideas and gizmos, possibly insects and physics, maybe fire and rockets, lighting snow on fire with sodium, etc. Being compelled by pressure to care about career, motto and creed sounds borderline abusive. “Here kiddies, we’ll give you special knowledge if you plan to use it for obedient capitalist purposes, and will pretend to be excited by our as-yet-undisclosed Motto & Creed!” ALL HAIL THE MOTTO & CREED!

Ahem.

Well, I assume you WANTED to understand the high school mind…

YARNLADY's avatar

Perhaps a competition with other schools accompanied with a lot of publicity, or a similar competition between different clubs within the same school.

BarnacleBill's avatar

There’s a saying in marketing, “You tell people the same thing over and over again, because you have to.” In order to build awareness of the club, you are going to have put out messaging on several fronts—first for club activities, and second about careers and life after high school. People generally get involved with clubs because they’re fun, and because they want things to be able to put on their college applications.

There is some really cool things going on with student projects at MIT. Not to mention MIT’s Open Courseware Perhaps pick a theme and center club activities around that, like water purification or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or wind power. Have actual activites for people to do. Highlight the competitions, and get teachers involved to help promote them as part of class.

When I was in high school, the Technology Club took apart a car and put it back together in the lobby of the school, overnite. It sat htere for a week, and then disappeared.

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