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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 September 2016 or more recently, you do not need to train again.) To register for the October 11th workshop in Atkinson, IL, call 309-936-7890, or visit For all other workshops, email Janet at with your full contact information to sign up. You must register in advance.

Thursday, September 14th
5:00 to 8:00 PM
I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S 1st St
Champaign, IL 61820

Monday, September 18th
5:00 to 8:00 PM
Illinois State University Alumni Center
1101 N. Main Street
Normal, IL 61790

Wednesday, September 27th
5:00 to 8:00 PM
Marriott Hotel
1500 Opus Place
Downers Grove, IL

Wednesday, October 11
4:00 to 7:00 PM
Regional Office of Education, Bureau, Henry, & Stark Counties
107 South State Street
Atkinson, IL 61235
Register: call 309-936-7890, or visit

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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