Roosevelt HS's Technology Student Association Club

We created an inclusive learning community for those who love technology, giving everyone the opportunities to achieve our own success.

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Additional categories (optional)

  • Education
  • Technology

Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

May 28, 2004

Help us stay in touch!

206-910-8716 360-521-8557 1410 NE 66th St, Room 217 WA: Seattle WA

Website or social media url(s) (optional):

Instagram: @roosevelt_TSA /// Snapchat: @roosevelt_TSA

Date You Started Your Project Started

October / 2016

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Our club is trying to support students who are passionate about technology. In our school, there is a lack of opportunities to participate in STEM activities outside of classrooms. Initiated by students, club members also help each other learn about leadership, projects, management, and independent research--valuable experiences that are hard to gain from classrooms. Many of us are passionate about technology, but we need help on our paths.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We are a student-led club where students can learn about technology, apply our knowledge to a variety of projects, and enter a competition to further our skills. We offer students more than 60 unique projects to take part in, such as coding, photography, fashion design, structural engineering, architecture, biotechnology, cyber security--just to name a few. Throughout the school year, students work together in smaller groups on these projects, learning about an array of skills: communication, leadership, computer software, coding, design. Students attend workshops to learn about leadership skills. We present our technology projects at regional and state conferences, meeting with professionals and other students.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

Our club was founded when a founding member, Handrae, wanted a community to support her interest in technology. In our school, we have a great music and theater program, but sadly, we lacked a technology program that could support the diversified interests of students. Luckily, we have an amazing advisor who is passionate about technology. A school announcement brought together the first 5 members that day. As of now, the club is only 3 years old but is thriving because of the dedication of the first officers in TSA. As the treasurer of the TSA, I can see the effort and dedication that they have put in this club to make sure this club succeeds.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

"I'm stepping up to make a change because everyone deserves a chance to grow to who they want to be." This short video helps explain the issue we try to solve, our unique approach, and our mission.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Over our last two years, we have encouraged numerous students to find their previously undiscovered passions in various fields of technology. An example would be one of our dedicated members, Pei. When she first joined the club, she had no idea she would be interested in engineering and architecture--thinking that it was a math club. Stepping out of her comfort zone and trying something new really opened her eyes to finding a new passion that connects to something she was already interested in. Another of our members, Eleanor. Despite having little previous experience in technology, she won 3rd place at the State Conference last year for flight endurance.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

As a student-led community, we serve everyone--regardless of how much they already know. Our school is not highly tech-focused, and our club tries to provide a space for those who are. As students, we have taken the initiative to create a positive change in our community. Our mission is to help everyone learn about technology and find their passion in it. In small project groups, our learning stems from independent research, creativity, and communication. Students don’t just learn about technology, we also gain skills that will prove valuable.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Our club started out with 5 members and an idea, now, it has around 20 members. Despite still being small, the impact we have brought to our 20 members is huge. Throughout the last two years, all of our members have learned so much: coding, fashion design, photography, structural engineering, website design, video production. We are now a passionate, connected community that wants to help more students.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

The club is looking to expand--we want to engage more new members in more areas of technology. In March, we hope to be able to bring everyone to the state conference to compete with the projects we have created. We also want to help people outside of our TSA club, whether it’s using our resources to make donations, solve problems in our community, or helping members in their plans for the future. Just to name a few examples: we want to continue fundraising for Mary’s Place, a non-profit organisation for sheltering women and children; we have projects of creating apps for our school community; and we will host a Holiday Bazaar for the school this year.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Research

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Sales
  • Mentors/advisors

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)
  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuba, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian) (7)
  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)
  • Asian (for example: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Pakistani) (9)

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Search engine

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?


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Photo of William Leonard

Good job. Keep pushing for tech and change!