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Shenandoah’s CTE Students Prepare for the Widget Cup Competition

27 February 2018 News


The Widget Cup, an annual design/build competition for Career Technical Education (CTE) students, will allow area kids to show off their technical prowess again in 2018. The competition was started in 2015, and this year’s event will take place April 6th at Sherando High School.

The Widget Cup is a real world exercise in rendering product ideas from start to finish. Students from Clarke County, James Wood, John Handley, Millbrook, and Sherando high schools are all eligible to participate. Eight-person teams compete by designing and building a pre-determined widget, and then present their prototypes to the client. They have just 6 hours to complete their projects. 

The Widget Cup is possible because of the support of area businesses and the local school systems; business leaders from the community participate as judges, resource leads, material providers, and overall event sponsors.

This is the first year Clarke County High School is sending a team to the Widget Cup. Josh Phelps, president of Winchester Metals, gave an overview of the fourth annual Widget Cup competition at Monday night’s Clarke County School Board meeting. Phelps said that “this is a great opportunity for students to show what they’re learning in their CTE classes,” and added that his company has hired two past Widget Cup competitors.

More information on the 2018 Widget Cup can be found at explorefrederickcareers.com.


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