last week i was tasked with making a waste-to-energy plant and as with most thing i build, i like to let the idea roll around in my head for a few days. i already had a head start with a great illustration of the major parts that i need to include (thanks to ecomaine). i also spend a little time, like an hour, searching online to learn more about whatever it is i’m building and to get ideas of what the significant details should look like. since i had an up-to-date illustration that is intended for education, all i have to do is have each labelled component as part of the build and i’d be done
since this work is for middle school science, i also try to make each “component” easy to describe from a visual standpoint. for example, the waste-to-energy plant has something called a mercury and dioxin removal system but referring to some component in the virtual world with that term is pretty useless. instead, i’ll do something like make it a distinct colour and/or shape combo, like a yellow cylinder poking out of a cube. that way subQuark can refer to it in his book something like this: ”between the furnace and the vent flue is a blue box with yellow cylindrical protrusions, that’s the mercury and dioxin removal system . . .”
another day or so and it will be done – this is a great concept in the real world because an effective waste-to-energy plant can reduce the amount of waste going into a landfill down to 5%!