The Frederick County EDA's regional Widget Cup® event is a design/build competition for high school teams of career and technical education students in Frederick County, Clarke County, and Winchester, Virginia. Annually, the EDA collaborates with career and technical education teachers at each of the area's five high schools who each field a team of students. Team members commit to a full day of competition, as well as polishing projects post-competition for final delivery to the client - a community business with a real need who will use the prototypes in their daily operations.
Teams are comprised of eight individuals and must include students with competencies in engineering, construction, welding, electricity, audio/visual equipment, and oral presentation. Teams are judged by industry professionals throughout the day utilizing an extensive rubric - be prepared to exemplify teamwork, leadership, and technical skill, among other qualities employers are seeking.
The Widget Cup trophy, designed and manufactured by local metal fabricator Fabritek/Winchester Tool, is presented at the conclusion of the event and remains at the winner's school until next year's event.