Share Paper: MAEGUS: A Sustainable Energy Simulation to Promote Energy Literacy

  1. Kavin Nataraja, Purdue University, United States
  2. David Whittinghill, Purdue University, United States
Tuesday, October 22 1:30-1:50 PM Las Vegas Ballroom 4

Abstract: We introduce a Unity-based sustainable energy simulation called MAEGUS (Measuring Alternative Energy Generation via Unity Simulation) that is intended as an educational tool to improve energy literacy. In MAEGUS, the player takes on the role of a city planner entrusted with providing energy to his or her city by means of both sustainable and non-renewable energy technologies. In the game, wind turbines and solar panels are modeled upon existing mechanical designs and interact with real locations and real weather data in a physically accurate fashion. Players are presented with scenarios that require them to meet certain energy output goals within ...