Initial idea for the Final Project

This is only an initial root of an idea but I was considering doing a physical (rather than digital) miniature diorama of a city and woods. My ideas is to promote the use of environmentally friendly sources of electricity such as solar(1) and wind power(2) and showing the destructive power of fossil fuels.

The layout will consist of a city with lights on in the building blocks and possibly street lamps, cars, etc. The lights are initially off until the user presses a button.

To the left or right of this scene will be a wood and coal shaft with detail. The wood will be partially cleared with a miniature bulldozer (static). A fossil fuels-powered power plant will be next to this.

Function:

The user will be given the scenario by the way of printed text:

“This city requires power which can be generated by two means: Firstly by fossil fuels and secondly by renewable sources. Choose wisely.”

If the user presses the first button (“Fossil Fuels”), the woods and coal mine will be illuminated by hidden LEDs and the following text: “land is cleared to

(1)Solar Power:

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photoelectric effect.

Source: Wikipedia, originally from “Energy Sources: Solar”. Department of Energy. Retrieved 19 April 2011.

(2): Wind Power:

Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form of energy, such as using: wind turbines to make electricity, windmills for mechanical power, windpumps for water pumping or drainage, or sails to propel ships.

A large wind farm may consist of several hundred individual wind turbines which are connected to the electric power transmission network. Offshore wind farms can harness more frequent and powerful winds than are available to land-based installations and have less visual impact on the landscape but construction costs are considerably higher. Small onshore wind facilities are used to provide electricity to isolated locations and utility companies increasingly buy surplus electricityproduced by small domestic wind turbines.

Source: Wikipedia, originally sourced from Gipe, Paul. “The Wind Industry’s Experience with Aesthetic Criticism”. Leonardo. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

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