A project made I made along with three other students in the Exhibit Design class in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. Our initial idea was to create a scale model of a 'city of the future' completely powered by renewable energy sources. Budget and time constraints forced us to to reassess our idea and conceive of it in a manner more fit for our situation.
We collectively decided that the point we wanted to convey was that our energy use comes from somewhere and to raise children's interest in energy and renewable energy sources.
Rechargeable flashlights were re-wired and re-purposed to look like cartoon characters complete with a back story for each character. When the children shook or turned the dynamo lighter on the lights, the interior of the small scale houses we built would light up from led's we installed from the kinetic energy generated. The physical motion kept the children's focus engaged and they were able to immediately see how their actions translated into energy.
The project was tested twice onsite at the Hall of Science museum in Queens, New York.