Edlin’s city, Halona, was modeled after Richmond, the capital of Virginia. The kids talked with Richmond city officials and groups that represent the interests of the elderly to come up with practical and innovative ideas. One idea was having several public transit methods, including a maglev train, which uses magnets to propel trains.
The kids were judged on a written essay and an oral presentation, as well as on digital and physical models of the city they designed.
The team — Vinay Ayala, twins Nikhil and Nikhita Kuntipuram, Lucas Ribeiro, Raghav Sriram and Spencer Zheng — won a trip to Space Camp and $7,500 for Edlin’s science and technology program.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled the last name of Lucas Ribeiro based on a Future City news release. The story has been updated.