June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2018
Electrical and Computer
We present a prototype simulation game, the OptiPower Game, to introduce basic concepts of power demand optimization to high school students (grades 9-12). Students decide how to allocate limited energy resources while anticipating they must meet power demands under challenging, randomized scenarios generated by the simulation. The team that supplies the most periods, at the least cost, wins the round. There are several learning objectives of the OptiPower Game: introduce students to power systems; teach concepts of supply, demand, and reserves; introduce pros/cons of different energy resources; and illustrate the difficulties of generating optimal power supply to meet uncertain supply and demand. The OptiPower Game, played in teams, is useful for short (1-2 hour) sessions. It was designed using Excel VBA, and has been piloted with 110 high school students as part of two design competitions. Informal feedback was gathered from students to improve future versions of the game.
Chang, J., & Maroukis, S., & Pinto Delgado, F. A., & Zeynu, A., & Mathieu, J. L., & Shen, S. (2017, June), An Interactive Game Introducing Power Flow Optimization Concepts Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27574
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