The topic of energy has been a popular one recently. Society is looking for alternative power sources to fossil fuels. There are already a number of plans in place to further make use of renewable energy sources. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is creating an exhibit set to open in October 2013, with the purpose of raising awareness about renewable energy sources in young museum goers. The exhibit will show guests how energy works, how it is being used already and how they can help shape the way renewable energy will be used in the future.
The Grid, is a team of students at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center that is creating a piece of the Future Energy exhibit for Chicago MSI. The team is working on creating an experience in which museum goers can interact with a map of North America through a touch-screen interface that will reveal facts and plans to harness more renewable energy all over the continent in a fun and interesting way. The experience will show what areas of the continent are rich in renewable energy sources, how that energy is harnessed, and what happens to it after it is harnessed. In addition, the experience will present the facts of the current energy situation and raise questions about where energy is headed in the future. The Grid, is the first part of what will be a two semester project. In this semester the team is creating a prototype for the core interaction with ways in which the next team can refine and build upon the work done by The Grid.