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Smart Grid for Schools

Illinois State University has designed and implemented a Smart Grid for Schools program, which offers schools the opportunity to learn about the new Smart Grid technology currently being rolled out by the utilities companies in your area. This program engages students, kindergarten-12th grade, with Smart Grid in a fun, hands-on way and incorporates Next Generation Science Standards.

Give your students an unforgettable lesson in Smart Grid technology.

Put your students in-the-know with our classroom workshop presented by industry leaders. Our curriculum is designed to captivate young minds with hands-on activities and experiments to explore electric utility strategy and planning. We also offer training to help teachers present our curriculum into their own lesson plans for an in-depth unit of classroom study.

Learn about Smart Grid Configurations

View and Download Smart Grid Lessons

Become a Certified Smart Grid Educator

Step 1 - Attend a Smart Grid for Schools Training Session

Smart Grid for Schools training is required, and there is a stipend for attending the training. (If you attended training in the summer of 2017 or more recently, you do not need to attend training again.) You must register in advance.

Scheduled Training Sessions 

One additional training session has been added for fall 2018: 

November 5th in Gillespie

    • Date: Monday, November 5, 2018
    • Time:  5:15 - 8:00 p.m. (Dinner from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.)
    • Location:  Gillespie Middle School, 412 Oregon St., Gillespie, IL 62033
    • This training session is full.

There are no other training sessions scheduled, but check back later for future training sessions.

Step 2 - Schedule the Exhibits to Visit Your School

Complete the Fall 2018 Booking Request Form online, which will include your preferred dates for the exhibits to visit your school. Be sure to read all the facility requirements for the exhibits on our Configurations page. We are now taking bookings requests for Spring 2019; however, bookings are contingent on renewal of funding for the 2019 calendar year.

Step 3 - Implement in Your Classroom

Download the Curriculum for the appropriate grade level. Instructional videos will be provided to guide you through the lesson.

Step 4 - Exhibits Will Visit Your School

Interactive, hands-on exhibits will visit your school for optimal student learning. There is a stipend available for hosting the exhibits in your school.

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