Makersmiths’ KidWind Teams Bring Home Three Awards

Eight students sponsored by Loudoun County’s Makersmiths, Inc. competed in the Northern Virginia KidWind Challenge held at Shenandoah University, bringing home three awards.

Teams in KidWind were required to design and build functional wind turbines and demonstrate their understanding of wind energy technology and renewable energy issues. Makersmiths’ four-member middle school team, Wind Overload, received from Dominion Energy the Blades Award for best blade development and the Knowledge Award. Makersmiths four-member high school team, Too HAWT to Handle, won first place for overall performance in the Advanced Challenge Division. The high school team qualified for the 2019 national KidWind Challenge that will be held May 21-23 at the American Wind Energy Association annual tradeshow and WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in Houston, TX.

The Northern Virginia KidWind Challenge, organized by James Madison University in partnership with Dominion Energy, was supported in part by judges from the Shenandoah Valley Makers; Nick Grzeda, a digital integration specialist from Loudoun County Public Schools; and Shenandoah University.

The high school team is raising money to send the coach and four students to the national competition. For more information, contact Mike O’Brien at

Leave a Reply