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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 train again.) You must register in advance.

Scheduled Training Sessions 

The following training sessions are scheduled for fall 2018. 

September 12th in Westville

  • Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Time: 5:15 - 8:00 p.m. (Dinner from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.)
  • Location: Judith Giacoma Elementary School, 200 S Walnut St, Westville, IL 61883
  • Registration: Email

September 17th in Morris

  • Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Time: 5:15 - 8:00 p.m. (Dinner from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.)
  • Location: Morris Community High School, 1000 Union Street, Morris, IL 60450
  • Registration: Please register here.

This training session is full.

September 19th in Rochester

  • Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Time: 5:15 - 8:00 p.m. (Dinner from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.)
  • Location: Rochester Intermediate School, 900 Jack Taylor Drive, Rochester, IL 62563
  • Registration: Email

September 24th in New Lenox

  • Date: Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Time: 5:15 - 8:00 p.m. (Dinner from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.)
  • Location: Lincoln-Way Central High School, 1801 E Lincoln Hwy, New Lenox, IL 60451
  • Registration: Email

October 1st in Atkinson

  • Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Time: 5:15 - 8:00 p.m. (Dinner from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.)
  • Location: Bureau, Henry, and Stark County Regional Office of Education, 107 S State St, Atkinson, IL 61235
  • Registration: Please register here.
Step 2 - Schedule the Exhibits to Visit Your School

Complete the 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.

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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