The team from Springbrook drew inspiration from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to create a game in which players buy and build electricity-generating waterwheels and solar panels for a devastated village.
The teens designed the game for personal computers and Microsoft’s X-Box console, but they hope to expand it to smartphones, tablet computers and personal computers equipped with Windows 8.
They also hope to inspire their fellow students back home in Silver Spring.
“These guys have worked really hard,” says team mentor Pat Yongpradit. “I mean, they have after-school activities; they have homework and the other six courses that they take. But with hard work and a lot of time and effort from the mentor as well as the kids, you can get to this.”
The overall winner of the Imagine Cup goes on to compete at the worldwide competition in Sydney, Australia.
But the U.S. competition continues online, with supporters of each team encouraged to vote in the People’s Choice Awards. That contest continues through May 19.