Imagine Cambridge as a model city for all ages, but particularly the future retiree — vending machines that dispense household goods, fall-proof flooring, wider sidewalks, and crosswalks that trigger automatic handrails to rise from the pavement.
This futuristic vision is not an engineering student’s thesis or a city planner’s newest proposal. It’s the product of 12- and 13-year-old students from the Albert F. Argenziano School in Somerville, who topped a dozen other teams in the DiscoverE’s Future City competition at the State Transportation Building in downtown Boston.
This year’s theme, “The Age-Friendly City,” challenged students to create solutions that could make life easier for a city’s growing older population.
The winning group created a more user-friendly model of Cambridge for all ages with the help of MIT AgeLab researcher Alea Mehler and Michael Coughlin, the science teacher who led the team to the final competition in Washington, D.C., last year.
As the students' mentor, Mehler will be going with the team captains and their teacher to Washington D.C. to compete at Nationals on February 20th.
To prepare for their project, the team visited the AgeLab in April 2017.
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