The Pinnacle Academy, established by Turkish businessmen in the Washington, D.C., area won the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region Future City Competition for the second year in a row on Saturday and will represent the state of Maryland in the 2011 Future City National Finals.
The team -- composed of Nurbanu Şimşek, Madina Khurishanova, Sena Konya and Kemal Taban -- designed a city named Sana Sarcophilus. The city is set in Tasmania 50 years in the future and it is designed exclusively for cardiac patients and their families. The city features an eco-friendly, highly efficient design and cutting-edge engineering, while also employing improved technologies to meet the special needs of the patients. Renewable energy sources, including solar and geothermal heating, are among the city’s special features.
Thanking the students for their hard work, the academy’s principal, Mustafa Akpınar, said in a statement released on Monday that the Pinnacle Academy community is tremendously proud of the great efforts of their Future City team and looks forward to the national-level competition in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 18-22.
The academy won the same award at the state level last year. The award-winning students presented their project at the White House. Obama viewed the winning student projects and took the time to congratulate the students on their hard work at the White House Science Fair in October 2010. Eighth grade students Zehra Yılmaz, Selin Altıntaş, Nurbanu Şimşek and Madina Khurishanova from the Pinnacle Academy represented Washington, D.C., at the 2010 Future City Competition National Finals. The team developed a digital and three-dimensional model of Yeshilist, an imaginary city that anticipates the accommodation needs of citizens who lose their homes during an earthquake. Yeshilist had solar panel roofs, wind-powered community centers, cork brick homes and cable trains made out of Lego pieces.