Publication Date

Spring 2021

Document Type

Final Report

Embargo Date


Problem Statement

The project’s goal was to convey the importance of renewable energy to a 6 through 12 years old audience. This demo was designed to be installed at the St. Louis Science Center. To engage a younger audience, the renewable energy demonstration had to be interactive. As a result, a design similar to a carnival game was chosen. There are 3 stations that represent wind, hydroelectric, and solar energy. In this design, it is a multiplayer interactive race that portrays renewable energy. The initial design was to have each form of energy produced by the users. The user at the hydro station would push a water pump that would bring water to the top of a water wheel, causing it to spin and produce energy. The wind energy system would involve the user pushing a air pump, a bellow, to turn a wind turbine. The solar station was designed to have a light powered by a hand crank. That light would power a solar panel. All the the renewable energy produced would then move conveyor belts that are connected to each station.

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)