Powhatan School sent a team to compete in the annual K2M STEM Summit at Foxcroft School (Middleburg, VA) over the weekend.


Teams rotated through stations of stimulating challenges and engaged in an imaginative daylong theme — Pandemic — developed by Foxcroft’s STEM faculty and organizers. Using an app and Kindle Fire assigned to each team, girls had the opportunity to answer questions and earn raffle tickets towards a great selection of prizes.

The middle school competition, which took place in the afternoon, offered a wonderful opportunity for girls to communicate, collaborate and think critically about STEM, as well as to have fun!

The Smallpox Smashers

Powhatan’s team – the Smallpox Smashers – won one of the events and placed second in another.

Smallpox Smashers

Powhatan won the ‘Tipping Point’ event, a physics challenge in which they had to create the longest overhang possible using a limited number of bricks and rubber bands. The base had to be just one brick and their creative solution not only outpaced the middle school field, but edged out the high school winner!

The team also placed second in the “Poison Control” event, a logic challenge that had to do with figuring out who got food poison where and eating what.

Congratulations to Katherine, Alex, Chloe and Abby!

Powhatan’s team competed with middle schools from Virginia, Maryland and The District of Columbia. participants are coming from Blue Ridge Middle, Grymes Memorial, Harmony Middle, Hill School, Immanuel Christian, J. Michael Lunsford Middle, Mercer Middle, Norwood, Nysmith School for the Gifted, St. John’s Episcopal, Washington Episcopal, Viggage School, and defending champion St. Patrick’s.

High School Competition

2017 Powhatan Team

Powhatan had a connection to the champion of the high school competition, as Powhatan alumnus Bridget Conlon ‘17 was a member of the Highland School winning team! Bridget was a member of the Powhatan team that won the entire middle school competition back in 2017.

The high school competition included Foxcroft School, Georgetown Visitation, Highland School, Orange County High School, Valley High School, Wakefield School, and two homeschool groups, Cornerstone and Solid Foundations in Math and Science.

According to the Foxcroft website, High school students were invited to a lunchtime career panel with female engineers from K2M. This panel will offer teen girls an opportunity to broaden their views of the field, from how to become an engineer to a glimpse of the many things that engineers do.