Interest in SkillsUSA is growing rapidly in the middle-school community, and activities at the middle-school level have been proven to be very successful. A Guide to SkillsUSA in Middle Schools has been developed to assist middle-school teachers and students.
10 Steps to a Successful Middle School Chapter
- Step 1: Secure support from your school administrator
- Step 2: Connect with your state SkillsUSA director
- Step 3: Ensure SkillsUSA is integral to your CTE Program
- Step 4: Conduct membership recruitment activities
- Step 5: Register yourself and your students as members of SkillsUSA
- Step 6: Organize chapter management structure
- Step 7: Take advantage of SkillsUSA programs
- Step 8: Make plans to attend a conference or training
- Step 9: Connect with your Local high school
- Step 10: Celebrate chapter success
Middle School Contests
Job Skill Demonstration A
Contestants demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area for which they are training. Competitors in Job Skill A must demonstrate a career objective in an occupational area that is included in one of the contest areas of the SkillsUSA Championships.
Job Skill Demonstration Open
Contestants demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area for which they are training or outside of their training program. Any technical skill may be demonstrated.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies
This is a teamwork and oral presentation contest that evaluates teams’ understanding of the symbolic representation of the colors and assembled parts of the SkillsUSA emblem. Each team includes seven registered members in the roles of president, vice president, parliamentarian, reporter, treasurer, secretary and historian. The contest is a demonstration of the SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Ceremonies conducted according to the script and description as printed in the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards.
The Outstanding Chapter contest consists of activities members have been involved with during the school year including chapter meetings, leadership training, publicity, community service projects, professional development, program of work, awards, local and state competition and other selected chapter activities. Each activity is documented according to guidelines and submitted in a scrapbook for judging. One student representative is interviewed during the competition.
Students present their state-winning pin along with their artwork and participate in an oral presentation regarding all aspects of their creation of the design. Contestants will explain how the pin represents their state, its unique qualities and why another SkillsUSA student or adult member would want to wear the pin.
Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue
This contest evaluates team members’ skills and preparation for employment in fields related to and including robotics, engineering, automation, manufacturing, electronics and emergency services. It recognizes outstanding performance by participants in scenarios that require problem solving and teamwork in a real-world situation. The RoboRescue Challenge is open to active SkillsUSA members who are associated with computer science, computer programming or robotics.
Team Engineering Challenge
This contest is designed to evaluate and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the areas of creative and critical thinking skills and the decision-making process while solving a problem. The contest is intended to foster creativity, innovation, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
About the SkillsUSA Championships
The SkillsUSA Championships begin at the local level with contests in classrooms nationwide. Winners advance through district, regional and state competition, and only the best make it to the national event. State and local competitions and conferences are managed at the state level, not by the national organization. Students benefit no matter how they place in their contests. The philosophy of the championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. Students test their skills, frequently make job contacts, and have a chance for recognition. State and national winners receive gold, silver and bronze medallions, scholarships, tools and other awards.
The SkillsUSA Championships event takes place in Louisville, Ky. and requires more than 1 million square feet of floor space, with more than 6,000 competitors in 100 different events. Business and industry contributes more than $36 million in equipment, supplies and personnel to support the SkillsUSA Championships, which is considered the largest single-day commitment of corporate volunteerism in America. The SkillsUSA Championships brings together industry and labor representatives, educators and the public to watch students compete in leadership and hands-on skill events for a full day. Every other year, a select few are chosen to compete on an international level in the WorldSkills Competition.
The SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards is the official competition guide for the SkillsUSA Championships. It contains rules for all national events, including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility and equipment lists. It also lists the embedded academic skills in math, English and science. Rules for state and local events may vary from the national guidelines, but most competitive events are modeled after the national technical standards.
As a free member benefit, SkillsUSA professional members receive the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards when they have submitted a current and accurate email address along with their membership details. The SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards is available online only to professional members as part of their paid membership.